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Secretary of State’s Office Files Residency Challenge Against Candidate for Controller
Posted Date: 4/1/2014

Contact: Catherine Lu, Public Information Officer 
             (702) 486-6982 / 334-7953 

(Carson City, NV; April 1, 2014) – Based on a residency challenge filed by the Secretary of State’s Elections Division against John Michael Schaefer, a Democratic candidate for Nevada State Controller, the Attorney General’s office yesterday petitioned the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County to order Schaefer to appear before it and show cause why he should not be taken off the primary election ballot.

The Attorney General’s office determined that probable cause exists to support the challenge, which would disqualify Schaefer from running for controller. A copy of the petition can be found by clicking here.

“As Nevada’s chief elections officer, I stand ready to enforce the state’s election laws and requirements,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “We await the court’s decision and will abide by its conclusion.”

Schaefer filed his Declaration of Candidacy for controller on March 7, 2014, during the candidacy filing period. The Secretary of State’s Elections Division learned that Schaefer resided outside of Nevada during the two years preceding the 2014 General Election, subsequently not meeting the residency requirement as set forth in Nevada Revised Statutes 227.010(2).

Schaefer is currently registered to vote in Los Angeles County and cast a ballot in the 2012 General Election in Los Angeles County. Furthermore, Schaefer filed candidacy papers with the City of Los Angeles on November 5, 2012, to run for city council, district 13 and declared his residency to be in the City of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Clerk’s Office, Elections Division, confirms that Schaefer established his residency in district 13 in California on August 15, 2012.

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