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"Two state candidates for Congress canít vote for themselves"

The Tuscaloosa News reports: Stan Pate of Tuscaloosa is one of two Republican candidates for Congress who will not be able to vote for themselves in Alabama's March 13 primary because they do not live in the districts they want to represent.

Pate, a Tuscaloosa businessman, is a candidate for the 6th District seat held by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, but his residence will be in the 4th Congressional District under the reapportionment plan approved by the Legislature last year. The new district lines created by the plan will be in effect for this yearís primaries and the general election, meaning Pate would vote in the 4th District.

Phillip Norris of Hoover, a Republican candidate in the 7th Congressional District, also wonít be able to vote for himself because his residence is in the redrawn 6th District.

But Pate and Norris are eligible to run for the congressional seats because the U.S. Constitution does not require a candidate to live in the district he or she represents; it only requires a congressional candidate to live in the state he or she is running in on Election Day. -- Read the whole story --> Two state candidates for Congress can't vote for themselves | TuscaloosaNews.com

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