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September 13, 2012

State Objections Board will decide on ballot challenges Thursday

Three top state officials are expected to decide whether a complaint about the residency of Democratic House candidate Tom Sawyer should force Sawyer off the November ballot.

Three top state officials are expected to decide whether a complaint about the residency of Democratic House candidate Tom Sawyer should force Sawyer off the November ballot.

Sawyer owns a house in the district and has called the claim, filed by Wichitan Craig Gabel, “crazy.”

But Gabel said he and others who have observed the house at 1041 S. Elizabeth don’t believe Sawyer lives there.

Sawyer is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Benny Boman in south Wichita’s 95th House District.

The State Objections Board — made up of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer — meets at 2 p.m. Thursday in Topeka to consider the challenge to Sawyer’s eligibility.

The board will also deal with challenges to the eligibility of presidential candidates, including Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama, Reform Party nominee Chuck Baldwin and Roseanne Barr, nominated by the State Association of Americans Elect Ballot Lines.

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