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Law would keep felons from running for office in Sharpsburg

January 11, 2002

Law would keep felons from running for office in Sharpsburg



By JULIE E. GREENE
julieg@herald-mail.com


Sharpsburg Town Council members will review a proposal next month that could prevent felons from running for public office in the town.

The proposal stems from the last town election in 2000 when a man with two felony convictions ran unsuccessfully for Town Council.

While the state voter registration law forbids felons from being able to vote, the town's voter registration law does not, Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said. The only requirements for town election candidates is that they live in town and are registered voters.

Wagaman's proposed amendment to the town charter would update the town's voter registration standards so they match the state's, he said.

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State law does not permit residents convicted of more than one infamous crime, including felony theft, to register to vote unless they are pardoned.

When Jeffrey Irvin Sheffler filed his candidacy for council in 2000 he had been convicted of two felony thefts and had not been pardoned.

Because Sheffler was a registered voter in the town he remained a legitimate candidate.

Wagaman is to present the amendment at the 7:30 p.m. Mayor and Town Council meeting on Feb. 4 so the council will have time, if it desires, to approve it before November's town election.

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