You Can’t Vote for Lamb or Saccone March 13 No Matter How Many Commercials You Watch

| March 8, 2018

VENANGO CO,, Pa. (EYT) – While no one knows who will be the winner in the special March 13 election between Connor Lamb and Rick Saccone for the position of U.S. Congressman for the 18th District, one thing is sure.

You can’t vote for either if you live in Venango County.

Just because you may see their commercials every waking moment on television saying why you shouldn’t vote for the other one, it doesn’t mean you can vote.

“That special election does not include Venango County,” said Director of Elections and Assistant to the County Commissioners Abby Flockerzi.

Venango County’s next election is May 15.

“We’ve had a couple of voters call and ask if it affects Venango County, and we’ve told them it does not.”

The election has been confusing and has drawn national attention.

Lamb and Saccone are running to fill the vacant position after Republican Tim Murphy, a staunch anti-abortionist, resigned in 2017 amid reports that he asked a woman who is not his wife to get an abortion when she thought she was pregnant.

In another confusing twist, the woman who was asked to get an abortion announced in the last couple of weeks that she also is running for Congress.  What district she is going to run in doesn’t really matter because as long as you live in Pennsylvania you can run anywhere in Pennsylvania for Congress.

That’s right.

You don’t have to live in the congressional district that you are running to represent.  With the uncertainty of districts due to redistricting through a new map of districts, you could see Lamb or Saccone running in the actual May 15 primary even if they don’t win March 13.

Anything could happen.

The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) gives this guidance about requirements and there are only three. Each representative must: (1) be at least twenty-five years old; (2) have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years; and (3) be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state he represents.

Members are not required to live in the districts they represent after they are elected, but traditionally they usually at least have an official residence in that district.

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