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City Charter Requirement Challenged

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23
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February
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1972
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City Charter Requirement Challenged<br><br>Ann Arbor City Charter<br><br>requirements relating to elections are again being challenged in U.S. District Court in Detroit.<br><br>The Humar challenging t: ity of<br><br>which requir< have been a in the city one year prior to the election in which he is a candidate.<br><br>registration requirement “discriminates against those who have been highly mobile or whom, for whatever reason, have only recently registered to vote, and it especially discriminates against those who are young. In essence, the<br><br>City Charter bars anyone under 22 years of age from running for city office this year since no one unde? that age can have been registered to vole for a year. In the future this will limit candidates to those 19 years or older."<br><br>District Court Judge Ralph Freeman will be hearing the case but no date has been set.<br><br>City Attorney Jerold Lax says there is nothing in the state law regarding the one-year registration provision for municipalities, but he does<br><br>note that for a person to be eligible to run for the office of governor or lieutenant governor that individual must have been a registered slector in the state for a minimum of four years, in addition to being 30 years of age or older.<br><br>David Black had been nominated by the Human Rights Party as its candidate for City Council in the Fourth Ward. City Clerk Harold Saunders would not certify Black because the candidate had been a registered voter for only six months.<br><br>Based on the charter requirement, a candidate for the April 3 election would have had to be registered by last April 4.<br><br>Earlier, the U.S. District Court had ruled unconstitu-t i o n a 1 a charter provision which required a person to be a resident of the ward in which he was seeking election for one year.<br><br>Black said the one-year