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  •  ANSWER: so that elector qualifications can (0+ / 0-)

    change without requiring a rewrite of who can be an office holder.

    It's basically a variable, not necessarily meant to add anything, depending on who can be an elector.  

    Nobody ever bombed a pro-life office.

    by Inland on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 11:08:21 AM PST

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    •  No, that doesn't work (0+ / 0-)

      The office holder requirements are in addition to elector qualifications.  One can change without the other already.

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 11:33:45 AM PST

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      •  No, it's like (0+ / 0-)

        "to win must have a valid drivers' license and be sixteen years old".  Nobody cares what the requirements of a driver's license is, just that they have one.  That the requirements for drivers licenses is sixteen and therefore redundant is not surprising or a source of confusion.  

        Nobody ever bombed a pro-life office.

        by Inland on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 11:57:14 AM PST

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        •  That could go either way, (0+ / 0-)

          if the requirement for having a drivers' license goes to 15 years old, it's not redundant, if it's 18, it is.  If the "residency" requirement is more strict than the "qualified elector" prong, as the appeals court held, it's not redundant.  So, it's an interpretation that makes sense of this odd bifurcation.  And I actually like Rahm.

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:10:37 PM PST

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          •  It's redundant, but the redundancy (0+ / 0-)

            isn't an aid to construction. Most times legislatures are presumed to avoid redundancy, but here, it doesn't seem right.  I don't they even looked at what one needs to be able to vote.  

            Nobody ever bombed a pro-life office.

            by Inland on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:13:06 PM PST

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            •  Couldn't it just mean (1+ / 0-)
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              that you are not allowed to be a newly registered voter in Chicago and run?

              Ok, so I read the polls.

              by andgarden on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:15:05 PM PST

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              •  I thought of that, (0+ / 0-)

                but it might have been drafted differently.  I don't see why they'd introduce the term "reside" if that's what they meant.  They would have just put a date limitation on the qualified elector prong without changing verbs.

                "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

                by Loge on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:18:38 PM PST

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                •  I think it's a good enough explanation (0+ / 0-)

                  to credibly say that the distinction isn't merely a redundancy. In fact, I am pretty confident that that's what it does mean.

                  Ok, so I read the polls.

                  by andgarden on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:19:38 PM PST

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                  •  I don't think it's redundant, (1+ / 0-)
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                    I think the "residency" is a more specific requirement, in addition to the "qualified elector" standard.  Keep in mind, as well, the shift from passive to active voice.

                    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

                    by Loge on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:25:46 PM PST

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                    •  That's a possible meaning (0+ / 0-)

                      but it is not how I would interpret that statute. And until the panel below, no other official body did either.

                      Ok, so I read the polls.

                      by andgarden on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:26:43 PM PST

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