Rivals fight over candidate rules in Missouri Supreme Court
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A St. Louis-area woman declared ineligible to run for the Missouri House by a trial court is challenging the constitutionality of a voter-registration requirement for candidates.
The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday about a requirement that state legislative candidates must be registered to vote for two years in Missouri before the election for the seat they're seeking.
Democratic candidates Rachel Johns didn't register to vote until February 2015, past the deadline to run this year. Johns moved to Missouri after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Her attorney argues the waiting period violates her First Amendment rights.
The attorney for incumbent Rep. Joshua Peters says the requirement isn't a burden, has been in place for decades and is aimed at ensuring candidates are involved in the political process.