jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
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So, a member of the Washington state legislature resigned after it was pointed out that he 1) no longer has a permanent address in Washington and 2) registered to vote in Ohio last year. Per the Everett Herald,
Hope, who last lived in Mill Creek, became a registered voter in Lake County, Ohio, in August 2013 through the state's motor-voter law. He doesn't recall doing it and has never voted there.
“I had no idea that I was ever registered somewhere else,” he said. “I had no clue that's what I did.”
Hope is an Ohio native and his mother lives in the state. He said Thursday morning that he intended to settle there when he completes training for a career in financial services.
If Hope had not resigned, he could have been forced out by state and county election officials who were considering the process for canceling his registration.
State law requires an elected official remain a registered voter in the district or jurisdiction that they serve. If they are not a registered voter, they are immediately removed from office.
Hope is still legally registered to vote in the 44th Legislative District that he's served since 2008. However, he's been on inactive status since last year.
In the meantime, Hope could be pressed to reimburse the state for the money he's earned as a state lawmaker since he registered in Ohio.
Deputy Chief Clerk Bernard Dean said Thursday that House lawyers and the state Attorney General's Office have been asked to determine whether Hope became an unqualified lawmaker when he registered in Ohio and, if so, what actions can be taken in response.

I find it difficult to believe he didn't know that he'd moved out of state when he got a driver's license in Ohio. But what's also odd, to me, is the photo that the local ABC affiliate KOMO ran of the Rep Hope:


That photo isn't on his legislature page or his official flickr. So...why?

Update: Turns out Mike Hope is also an aspiring actor!
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