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Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Defends Voting in DC

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    A Maryland gubernatorial candidate dodged questions about her voting during a radio show in Washington, D.C.

    Krishanti Vignarajah is one of several Democratic candidates for governor of Maryland and appeared on “The Kojo Nnamdi” show on Friday.

    She was asked by News4’s Tom Sherwood, a co-host of the show, why she voted in D.C. while also being registered to vote in Maryland. Vignarajah did not answer the question, despite being asked five times by Sherwood.

    The Maryland Board of Elections said question about Vignarajah’s eligibility have been raised, and they have asked the state Attorney General’s Office for guidance.

    According to Bethesda Beat, Vignarajah first registered to vote in Maryland in 2006. She did not vote in the state until the 2016 general election, according to her voter history obtained by Bethesda Beat.

    While she remained registered to vote in Maryland, she also registered to vote in D.C. in 2010 and voted in elections that year, as well as in 2011, 2012 and 2014, according to her D.C. voting history obtained by Bethesda Beat.

    Sherwood also asked Vignarajah whether she paid income taxes in Maryland while she was a registered voter in D.C. She did not answer the question.

    Vignarajah maintained she is eligible and fulfills the requirements to run for governor of Maryland, saying she checked with experts before she announced her campaign.