- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The residency of an Aberdeen-area legislator, who is running for re-election and has faced criticism for where he lives, is valid, the South Dakota Secretary of State said this week.

Rep. Burt Elliot is one of two Democratic candidates running for the state House of Representatives for District 3, which includes part of Aberdeen, reported (https://bit.ly/1rGIeNH ) the American News in Aberdeen. There are four candidates in all.

Elliot’s longtime residence is outside of District 3 south of Aberdeen - 2010’s redistricting moved him outside of his previous district - but he says he rented an apartment within the district and declared it his legal residence so he could run.

Elliot has faced criticism from opponents who say he’s not actually a resident in the district in which he’s running.

Secretary of State Jason Gant told the Aberdeen newspaper this week that Elliot’s residency is valid because his petition to run matches his voter registration

“Aberdeen and Brown County has been my home for 60 years,” Elliott told the newspaper. “I want to be a part of Aberdeen. That’s where I’ve been.”

Brown told the newspaper he and his wife intend to find a permanent residence in the district.

In a news release, the South Dakota Republican Party criticized Brown’s move.

“Not only do the voters in House District 3 deserve better from the people who wish to represent them in Pierre, they also deserve to be represented by someone who actually lives in their district,” said Rob Burgess, a party spokesman.


Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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