“I’m almost embarrassed for Gerry Birnberg,” Wilson said. “He’s jumped to a conclusion that I don’t live at 1512 W. 34th St., but, indeed, I do.”
Texas Election Code requires that a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot include his or her residence address. Birnberg said that when he met with Wilson on Thursday, the candidate mentioned that he actually lives in a home on Lake Lane. Property tax records list the owner as Connie J. Wilson.
Wilson said he is separated from his wife and lives in an apartment at his business address. Wilson’s voter registration lists his address on W. 34th.
Wilson said he will ask Birnberg to reverse his decision, and if Birnberg does not, he will contest it in court.
Birnberg insisted that election law gives him no discretion to make a judgment call. The language of the statute states that if the application does not meet requirements, the party must reject it. Had Wilson filed with a day or two to spare, Birnberg said, the party may have caught the error with time for Wilson to correct it before the deadline.
“It’s his decision to file at the last minute that’s the (cause) of the problem,” Birnberg said.
I never can tell how these things are going to go once they get to a courtroom, so I’m just going to sit back and wait to see what happens. As always, if you have any expertise in these matters, or if you just feel like taking a guess, please do speculate in the comments.