Jackson Now Must Prove DC Residency

We’ve been covering the question of whether Bishop Harry Jackson actually lives in Washington DC for almost two months now and, a few weeks ago, noted that two DC residents had challenged Jackson’s claims of residency.

Today, Lou Chibbaro Jr, who’s reporting has played in central role in exposing Jackson’s conflicting accounts, reports that the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has sent Jackson a letter asking him to prove that he lives at the DC address he used when registering to vote back in April:

In a June 30 letter, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics informed Rev. Harry Jackson that District residents Cary Silverman and Martin Moulton filed a challenge to his claim to be a city resident. The letter, written by Karen F. Brooks, the election board’s registrar of voters, says the board will revoke Jackson’s D.C. voter registration unless he responds to the challenge within 30 days by submitting evidence confirming that he lives in the city.

“Please be advised that under D.C. Code 1-1001.14(a), an applicant violating applicable voter registration procedures shall be subjected to the same criminal sanctions for fraudulently attempting to register to vote that apply to all applicants,” Brooks stated in her letter to Jackson.

Her letter was sent to an apartment at the Whitman Condominium at 910 M St., N.W., that Jackson declared as his residence when he registered to vote in D.C. on April 22, 2009. Sources familiar with the Whitman say Jackson informed the building’s management that he moved out of the building two weeks ago.

Jackson could not be reached for comment to determine whether he has another D.C. address and still considers himself a D.C. resident, as he has during his campaign to overturn the same-sex marriage recognition law through a voter referendum.