Krish Suit

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah has filed a legal action suit in regard to her candidacy for the seat. (McArthur Newell/Letsgetmade photo)

Sri Lankan American gubernatorial candidate in Maryland Krish Vignarajah recently filed a legal action suit with regard to her candidacy for the seat.

The former policy director for Michelle Obama took the result of the November 2016 election as a "direct threat" to everything the President Barack Obama administration accomplished in citing her reasons for putting her name into the mix for governor of the state (see previous India-West article here).

Vignarajah Oct. 6 filed the suit with the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in response to questions arising about her voter registration and residency status, according to a report.

To be eligible to run for governor, a person must be at least 30 years old and have been a Maryland resident and registered voter in this state for the five years immediately preceding the election, the report said, citing the State Board of Elections website.

Vignarajah voted in Washington, D.C., multiple times between 2010 and 2014. While critics assert her Maryland residency and voter status were terminated during this time, Vignarajah claims this does not invalidate her status in Maryland, the report added.

“As someone with as deep Maryland roots as any of the other candidates, it is disappointing that the governor's re-election campaign is already resorting to baseless attacks to try to keep me off the ballot,” Vignarajah said in a statement.

The candidate’s voting status was temporarily changed to inactive during the five-year time period required to run for governor when she moved to D.C. While being a registered voter is a requirement for a gubernatorial run, the Maryland Constitution doesn't differentiate between "active" and "inactive" voters, according to the plea filed, the report said.

"Maryland's highest court has twice conclusively … [ruled] that the Maryland Constitution does not permit any distinction between 'active' and 'inactive' voters and that both must be treated as registered voters in Maryland," the plea said, according to the report.

Vignarajah has continued holding campaign events since filing the suit.

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