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Of all the challenges the homeless face, Michael Padula may be in for his biggest to date. The 50-year-old homeless man living out of a van in a city park wants to run for city council.
The 1995 National Voting Rights Act ruled that homeless persons are entitled to vote even if they do not have a physical residence, Clair said. But for those who lack an actual residence, the question is whether they can be considered residents.
When Padula filed for his candidacy, he listed a garage as his address. Election workers verified it through a landlord who told them that Padula had rented it for a year.
But when city officials this month discovered Padula was living in a windowless garage with no running water, he was evicted. Padula, a registered voter, then filed a new address, the Lake County Health Department across from the park where he parks his van during the day.
Originally posted by ThePrankMonkey
let him run! whats the worse that can happen? he'd lose. no loss for him when he doesnt have much now. if he won he'd gain a lot.
Originally posted by Ocelot
If the guy is an american citizen he has the right to run for office if he chooses to. I hope he runs and wins. That will teach those corrupt bastard politicians.
Originally posted by ilovepizza
Where is he going to get money to campaign with? He needs to look nice when giving speaches to big crowds of people.