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Minnesota GOP Lawmaker Disputes Residency Claim

Created: 08/01/2014 5:32 AM KSTP.com

Republican Rep. Bob Barrett has provided the state Supreme Court with copies of his driver's license and other evidence he says proves he lives in his central Minnesota district.
    
Barrett's attorneys filed a sharply worded response Thursday to an election case that aims to throw the incumbent off the ballot. A voter connected to the Democratic Party has alleged that Barrett actually lives in a home elsewhere and a rental property hasn't given him the required residency.
    
The two-term legislator's filing includes affidavits from his landlord and neighbors attesting to his presence in Lindstrom. Barrett says he and his wife are trying to sell a home in nearby Shafer but need to make improvements to it first.
    
The residency case has implications for the party battle for Minnesota House control.

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