Newest candidate in 2nd District is actually registered to vote in 3rd
Former Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave, the newest Republican candidate in the 2nd District congressional race, is currently a registered voter in the 3rd District.
Officials in the Kansas Secretary of State’s office confirmed Friday that Soave’s voter registration lists him at a residence in Olathe, which is part of the 3rd District.
Soave filed a Statement of Organization form with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday listing the address of his committee, Soave for Congress, at 709 Main St., in Eudora. That is the address of the Eudora post office.
He publicly announced his candidacy Thursday with a press release that bore a Eudora dateline. Eudora is in the 2nd District.
An official in the Douglas County clerk’s office said it is possible that if Soave changed his registration in the last day or so through a motor vehicle office, it could take a few days to show up in the voter registration database.
Soave did not immediately respond Friday to both telephone and email requests for comment.
Strictly speaking, there is no requirement that members of the U.S. House be residents of the district they represent. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires only that they must be at least 25 years old, a citizen of the U.S. for at least seven years and “an Inhabitant of that State in which he (or she) shall be chosen.”
Kansas election law does not add any requirements beyond that. But as a practical matter, it is virtually unheard of in modern times for someone to be elected to Congress to represent a district in which he or she does not live.