|Judge Reibman at Ramadan in 2015|
Without question, Sultana fails to meet the one-year residency requirement in Easton's Home Rule Charter. It states that "[o]nly those who are and have been for at least one (1) year registered voters of the City shall be eligible to hold the office of Council Member or Mayor." Since Sultana only registered to vote on February 23 of this year, she's ineligible.
But as I pointed out a few days ago, any objection to her nomination petition must be based on the Elections Code or the State Ethics Act. Easton's Home Rule Charter is irrelevant,just as Allentown's Home Rule Charter and administrative code were irrelevant to Judge Reibman.
She may be unable to hold the office until February 23, 2018, but she sure as hell can run.
This has happened before. In 1934, Rush Holt was elected to the US Senate at age 29, and had to wait six months until he was 30 and could take the oath of office. Sultana would have to wait about two months, assuming that she wins.
Today we'll learn what Judge Craig Dally thinks.