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Court: Missouri lawmaker doesn't qualify for ballot

Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 2:01 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court is being asked to decide who qualifies to run for the state legislature when boundaries are changed during redistricting.

Democratic House members Rochelle Walton Gray and Sylvester Taylor each filed to run in the 75th House District in St. Louis County. That district was redrawn last year and includes pieces of both lawmakers' current House districts. Gray lives in the new 75th District, and Taylor does not.

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District concluded Thursday that Taylor does not meet the residency requirements for the 75th District. However, the appellate court transferred the case to the Missouri Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals transferred to the high court a similar case dealing with a St. Louis Senate district.

The primary election is Aug. 7.


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