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Nevada Supreme Court Denies Petition from Candidate for Controller
Secretary of State’s Elections Division originally filed residency challenge against John Michael Schaefer
Posted Date: 4/15/2014

Contact: Catherine Lu, Public Information Officer 
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(Carson City, NV; April 15, 2014) – The Nevada Supreme Court yesterday denied John Michael Schaefer’s petition for a writ of mandamus challenging the Eighth Judicial District Court’s decision to remove Schaefer from the primary election ballot and disqualify him as a candidate for the office of State Controller.

Schaefer filed the petition following the district court’s decision on April 3, 2014, to disqualify him from running for controller. The Secretary of State’s Elections Division filed a residency challenge with the Attorney General’s office against Schaefer based on information the offices received from the candidate himself. The Attorney General’s office determined that probable cause existed to support the challenge.

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 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 City Clerk’s Office, Elections Division, confirmed that Schaefer declared his residency in district 13 in Los Angeles was established on August 15, 2012.

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