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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Potential Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker and his wife live in Texas, but she voted in Georgia's election for president last fall.

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#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-08-11 07:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is nothing wrong with this. If you have residences in two states, you must declare one your primary state. Most people do so in Texas due to the lack of a state income tax, and then according to most state rules you must spend more than half your time in that state in order to receive full rights like voting. That more than half is called the "183" rule. You must spend a minimum of 183 days in your primary state, and 182 anywhere else.

If they've declared Georgia their primary residence, this is much ado about nothing. If they debated Texas their primary residence for tax purposes and voted in Georgia, that'sa crime and I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

#2 | Posted by ABH at 2021-08-11 07:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

The Q-idiots will have no problem with this illegal voting since he's GQP.

you must declare one your primary state Did they file GA income taxes as "residents"? If not, they are not residents of GA.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-08-11 09:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Agreed. But if they did, which I didn't see anywhere in the article, this is a giant bag of nothing.

#4 | Posted by ABH at 2021-08-11 09:32 AM | Reply

Sorry ... I meant to say "can't see" in the article because it wants me to turn off my ad blockers to view it, and I won't do that.

#5 | Posted by ABH at 2021-08-11 09:33 AM | Reply

More from the article...

...Blanchard followed up Tuesday, saying she considers herself a resident of Georgia, where she has a driver's license, owns a car and does business. She didn't answer a question about whether she spends more time at her Georgia or Texas property.

Before last year's election, Blanchard hadn't voted in Georgia since 2008. Her Georgia voter registration was canceled in 2017 because of inactivity, and she re-registered in 2019. It's unclear whether she was automatically registered when she renewed her Georgia's driver's license. She's not registered to vote in Texas.

State law determines residency based on where a voter's "habitation is fixed," and those who move to another state with the intention of making it their residence lose their eligibility to vote in Georgia.

Blanchard and Walker purchased their Texas property in 2011 and receive a homestead exemption on their property taxes, according to public records. Homestead exemptions are granted to homeowners for their legal residence. Blanchard didn't claim a homestead exemption on her Fulton County property last year....


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-11 10:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are so many reasons this guy shouldn't hold office.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2021-08-11 12:57 PM | Reply

The smartest thing Hershel Walker ever did vis a vis the orange fascist was to sign a 'personal services' contract with the Dotard, and not a regular football player's contract. When the USFL then folded, Walker was able to still get paid, saying that he would join the Trump Disorganization. Hershel should know from experience that he's dealing with a guy so stupid as to be duped by a smart sports agent. It was 'The Art of the Deal' for someone, and not a certain team owner...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2021-08-11 01:20 PM | Reply

Why is it that virtually ALL of the documented cases of potential voter fraud during the 2020 election cycle appears to have been people who are registered Republicans and/or who admit that they voted for Republican candidates?

OCU

#9 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-08-11 01:27 PM | Reply

"Play by the rules.....the American people demand ONLY LEGAL BALLOTS be counted. Anyone manipulating this election should be prosecuted," Walker wrote on Twitter in November.

He's probably a, "do as I say, not as I do," Republican.

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-08-11 01:36 PM | Reply

How many times do we have to commit voter fraud before you Democrats admit it exists?!?
~Today's Republicans

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-08-11 01:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

There is nothing wrong with this. If you have residences in two states, you must declare one your primary state. Most people do so in Texas due to the lack of a state income tax, and then according to most state rules you must spend more than half your time in that state in order to receive full rights like voting. That more than half is called the "183" rule. You must spend a minimum of 183 days in your primary state, and 182 anywhere else.
If they've declared Georgia their primary residence, this is much ado about nothing. If they debated Texas their primary residence for tax purposes and voted in Georgia, that'sa crime and I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

#2 | POSTED BY ABH

Wrong.

To vote in Georgia, you need to be a resident.

To be a Georgia resident, you need to actually reside there more than half the year.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-08-11 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The rules don't apply to Republicans. Josh Hawley doesn't even live in Missouri anymore. He sold his house here and moved to Virginia more than 3 years ago. He continues to use his sister's address to maintain his voter registration here. The MO GOP have no interesting in investigating Hawley's possible voter fraud. Not surprising since it's the same people who removed a residency requirement when he was Attorney General.

#13 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-08-11 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Play by the rules.....the American people demand ONLY LEGAL BALLOTS be counted. Anyone manipulating this election should be prosecuted," Walker wrote on Twitter in November.

He's probably a, "do as I say, not as I do," Republican.
#10 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

Aren't they all?

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-08-11 02:00 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by ABH

It's easy to avoid them if you get serious about it. Sites need to make revenue somehow.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-08-11 02:55 PM | Reply

#12. You literally just said what I said ... and then said I was wrong.

I said they must spend 183 or more days in Georgia ... which she appears to be doing since she has a Georgia drivers license and is registered to vote in Georgia, and hasn't ever tried to register to vote in Texas. A sticking point is the "homestead" exception they are receiving in Texas. That needs a good hard scrutiny.

#16 | Posted by ABH at 2021-08-11 03:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

The primary factor in establishing residency to be eligible to vote is intent. Bright line rules for durational residency requirement were outlawed for presidential elections in 1970. The SC upheld the law and established 30 days as an acceptable requirement. States are free to establish other durational requirements for non-presidential elections. In striking down a TN one year requirement the SC suggested somewhere between 10 and 30 days is acceptable. www.google.com

Here is GA's statute. I don't see a durational requirement. Intent is the operative factor. law.justia.com

Taking a homestead exemption is TX and not claiming one is GA is strong evidence of intent though not conclusive.

#17 | Posted by et_al at 2021-08-11 04:33 PM | Reply

Oh, dear.

#18 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-11 07:15 PM | Reply

On Election Day she was his girlfriend not his wife. They just got married two months ago, six months after the election. She was originally from Georgis and has a business, a car, a drivers license and her own house in Georgia. She has never registered to vote in TX.

#19 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-12 06:02 AM | Reply

The homestead exemption in Texas is also irrelevant. It only requires one resident owner to apply for homestead exemption. The second owner would have to apply separately but there is no point, as there is jno added benefit. Assuming Walker applied for the homestead exemption, it would not apply to her, she would be free to homestead the Georgia property.

#20 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-12 06:15 AM | Reply

Homestead exemption is based on where you resided on Jan 1. It doesn't change midway through the year, even if you move. The IRS rules have nothing to do with where you vote. If they did you would have to wait 6 months after a move to cote in your new state. That is not the case. You can move to a new state and register to vote the same day.
Walker himself has expressed intent to run for office which is reflective of intent to become a permanent resident. He could do that any time he wants.

#21 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-12 06:27 AM | Reply

Many members of Congress do this, they must have residency in their district to qualify for office, but need a home in DC area as well, and need residency there to enroll kids in school. There are many different residency rules for different reasons and some may conflict. You can be a resident for one purpose and not another. The most important issue is that you are only voting in one state.

#22 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-12 06:34 AM | Reply

He's probably a, "do as I say, not as I do," Republican.

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-08-11 01:36 PM | Reply | Flag

There is no other kind.

#23 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-08-12 07:23 AM | Reply

The primary factor in establishing residency to be eligible to vote is intent. Bright line rules for durational residency requirement were outlawed for presidential elections in 1970. The SC upheld the law and established 30 days as an acceptable requirement. States are free to establish other durational requirements for non-presidential elections. In striking down a TN one year requirement the SC suggested somewhere between 10 and 30 days is acceptable. www.google.com
Here is GA's statute. I don't see a durational requirement. Intent is the operative factor. law.justia.com
Taking a homestead exemption is TX and not claiming one is GA is strong evidence of intent though not conclusive.

#17 | POSTED BY ET_AL

You missed (2) A person shall not be considered to have lost such person's residence who leaves such person's home and goes into another state or county or municipality in this state, for temporary purposes only, with the intention of returning, unless such person shall register to vote or perform other acts indicating a desire to change such person's citizenship and residence;
AND
(5) If a person removes to another state with the intention of remaining there an indefinite time and making such state such person's place of residence, such person shall be considered to have lost such person's residence in this state, notwithstanding that such person may intend to return at some indefinite future period;

And here is the problem. She has been in Texas for years and claimed the homestead exemption. Even if she hadn't claimed the homestead exemption, she would fall under (5).

Having a second home, a business or a driver's license (possibly illegally now) from Georgia makes no difference. To be a resident of Georgia, you have to be there half the year. To vote in Georgia, you have to be a resident OR be gone for a definite but limited period of time with the definite plan to return. That isn't the case.

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-08-12 12:25 PM | Reply

#12. You literally just said what I said ... and then said I was wrong.
I said they must spend 183 or more days in Georgia ... which she appears to be doing since she has a Georgia drivers license and is registered to vote in Georgia, and hasn't ever tried to register to vote in Texas. A sticking point is the "homestead" exception they are receiving in Texas. That needs a good hard scrutiny.

#16 | POSTED BY ABH

Here is what you also said:
"If they've declared Georgia their primary residence, this is much ado about nothing."

Declaring Georgia their primary residence makes no difference.

The residency requirements don't allow that.

The residency to vote requirements are a bit more slippery but they still pose similar problems. You have to be a resident or be gone for a definite but limited period of time with the definite plan to return.

#25 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-08-12 12:28 PM | Reply

I always stood by the left when the Republicans desperately trotted out a few dozen examples of voter fraud and we liberals said that such low numbers are insignificant. They are.

So what is the big deal that one person voted in the wrong state? She didn't even vote twice. She voted once and in a state she lived in and had business ties to. I can't believe the uproar.

#26 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 01:03 PM | Reply

"So what is the big deal that one person voted in the wrong state? "

Because it is currently against the law?

And because it is a Republican who got caught and it shows their hypocrisy in this very serious matter?

Even you think voting should be easier not harder and Texas Republicans are attempting to pass laws based on a Lie to make it harder to vote. And you still can't believe the uproar? There are democratic representatives in Washington DC that are in danger of being arrested by Texas Republicans for standing up against the Big Lie in Texas and you are still surprised by the uproar?

Are you even an American? Where you are from Comrade does everyone there think we are that stupid and so can be easily manipulated by disinformation?

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-08-12 01:52 PM | Reply

"Bright line rules for durational residency requirement were outlawed for presidential elections in 1970. The SC upheld the law and established 30 days as an acceptable requirement."

So we CAN pass federal laws to make more acceptable and reasonable requirements for voting in America!

I guess that was back before Trumpism when America was Great!

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-08-12 01:55 PM | Reply

"Because it is currently against the law?"

Then why don't progressives make as big of a deal out of it when Republicans bring up those few isolated cases?

#29 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 03:43 PM | Reply

"And because it is a Republican who got caught and it shows their hypocrisy in this very serious matter"

I didn't see her party affilication in the story. Nor did I see her stance on voter fraud.

#30 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 03:46 PM | Reply

""And because it is a Republican who got caught and it shows their hypocrisy in this very serious matter"

Is it not hypocritical to hold one party to a different standard than your own?

#31 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 03:53 PM | Reply

#31 | POSTED BY JAKESTER --- No it is not hypocritical to hold others to THEIR OWN STANDARD. Hypocritical is do as I say not as I do......

#32 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2021-08-12 04:12 PM | Reply

#30 -- that was not my point.

And again, how do youknow what her standard is? It was not mentioned in the article. Is it fair to assign a stance to her, then berate her for violating it? A real liberal wouldn't do that. Progressives do, however.

#33 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 04:45 PM | Reply

"No it is not hypocritical to hold others to THEIR OWN STANDARD. Hypocritical is do as I say not as I do......"

What is her standard?

#34 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 04:56 PM | Reply

I didn't see her party affilication in the story. Nor did I see her stance on voter fraud.

#30 | Posted by jakester

She's married to a die hard trumper and lunatic. You need help figuring those things out?

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-08-12 05:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#35 You'll see, or possibly remember, that he never has enough info to come to a conclusion he doesn't want to arrive at...

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-12 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Is it not hypocritical to hold one party to a different standard than your own?"

You'll also notice that "Jakester" doesn't have a party, but routinely criticizes one party a whole lot more than the other...

#37 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-12 05:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"She's married to a die hard trumper and lunatic. You need help figuring those things out?"

Another thing we liberals believe is that a person is their own person. They are not a relative. For example, I get so mad when people bring Hunter Biden up. His father is not him. Don't you agree?

And on your assertion: Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is married to a hard core Democrat, a Kennedy?

No, I hold people to their own standards, not the standards of a relative. It's a liberal thing. You would not understand being a progressive, speaksoftly. As you said,"You need help figuring these things out?"

#38 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 05:25 PM | Reply

Another example for you, speaksoftly:

Did you know that James Carville, a hard core Democrat is married to Mary Matalin, a hard core Republican? Do you need any more help figuring out that people are their own person and not one of their family members?

#39 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 05:30 PM | Reply

I know and have known many couples who are political opposites, speaksoftly. I'd be pretty surprised if there is anyone who can't say this as well. If you can't, you don't get around much.

#40 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 05:37 PM | Reply

Did you know that James Carville, a hard core Democrat is married to Mary Matalin, a hard core Republican? Do you need any more help figuring out that people are their own person and not one of their family members?

#39 | Posted by jakester

No she dumped the republican party when they nominated trump. She's an independent or libertarian now or whatever else you call a coward who handed the party over to the trump cult.

#41 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-08-12 05:45 PM | Reply

You'll also notice that "Jakester" doesn't have a party, but routinely criticizes one party a whole lot more than the other...

#37 | Posted by snoofy

Same as all the other fake nonpartisans, independents, and both siders around here.

They say they're not republicans, they just HAPPEN to spend all day every day criticizing democrats and rarely ever republicans.

#42 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-08-12 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#42 - would you care to respond to my post rather than talk about people, speaksoftly? Another famous liberal for whom I have a lot of respect said"

Great minds discuss ideas
Average minds discuss events
Small minds discuss people.

#43 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 05:55 PM | Reply

I forgot to source the quote. It was Eleanor Roosevelt.

#44 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 05:56 PM | Reply

Great minds discuss ideas
Average minds discuss events
Small minds discuss people.

#43 | Posted by jakester

And the smallest minds have to keep getting new usernames.

#45 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-08-12 06:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

You are still missing the point that she was not His wife onElection day. They just got married two months ago. THEY were not married so THEY have no homestead exemption. Homestead exemptions apply to an individual or married couple. Chances are the homestead exemption in Texas is filed in his name.

#46 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-12 06:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#45 - We know which one Ms. Roosevelt would say you are.

Now I remember why I had you on my killfile list. I took you off hoping you were simply having a few bad days. I now strongly suspect this is your normal self.

I feel vindicated that you were unable to dispute my claim that people do not necessarily believe the same things their family members do.

Back on killfile you go.

#47 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 06:05 PM | Reply

"You are still missing the point that she was not His wife onElection day."

Furthermore, he is not even an elected official. He is not even a candidate. He is a "potential candidate".

Hell, every one of us is a "potential candidate".

This entire thing is a tempest in a teapot.

#48 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-12 06:07 PM | Reply

Back on killfile you go.

#47 | Posted by jakester

So you basically need to hide from anyone who calls you out on changing usernames.

Why is it that you keep having to do that?

#49 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-08-12 06:54 PM | Reply

Walker had very little chance of winning the nomination much less the election so this is really a story about nothing except a black man helping who stands for suppressing black votes. I guess his tax bracket overrides his loyalty to his roots.

#50 | Posted by danni at 2021-08-13 06:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is where all the wing dings who screamed bloody murder when Hilary moved to NYS to win a senate seat will sit on their hands and look the other way.

At least she actually lived in the state.

#51 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-08-13 06:56 AM | Reply

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