Election official says Rahm Emanuel qualifies to run for Chicago mayor

December 23, 2010

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Rahm Emanuel should be allowed to have his name on the February ballot to run for Chicago mayor. That's the recommendation from the hearing officer who oversaw the proceedings from objectors trying to kick him off the ballot.

Joseph Morris ran the hearings over whether Emanuel should be on the ballot - hearing from dozens of objectors. In his decision, Morris gets into the nitty gritty of how the law defines a residence. Morris writes the heart of the issue is whether Emanuel abandoned his North Side home more than a year before the upcoming municipal election when Emanuel went to Washington, D.C. to work in the White House.

But Morris writes since Emanuel still owns the house, has a driver's license with that address on it, votes in elections based on that address, banks with that address and still has boxes of his stuff at that address, he's considered a resident of Chicago.

The Chicago election board is expected to enter an official vote later today on the matter. It's likely the board's decision will be appealed in court.