Allen West now registered in Palm Beach Gardensby George Bennett | June 13th, 2012
As he seeks reelection this year, Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West will get to do something he’s never done before: vote for himself.
West recently transferred his registration from Plantation in Broward County to an address in Palm Beach Gardens, which is within the new Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 where West is running for a second term.
West switched his registration on May 23, listing a residence in PGA National, according to the county elections office. West’s office and campaign have not divulged details, but it does not appear that West owns the Gardens property.
West owns a house in Plantation in the district of liberal Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is also Democratic National Committee chairwoman. While living in Wasserman Schultz’s District 20, West ran unsuccessfully in 2008 and successfully in 2010 for the neighboring District 22 congressional seat.
The U.S. Constitution does not require members of the House to live in the districts they represent, only to be “an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.”
Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel, for example, is running in the newly drawn District 22 while living just outside its boundaries in the new District 20, where U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, is seeking reelection.
West’s house in Plantation is in the new District 22. But West opted not to run in that district after it was redrawn to give Democrats a 9-point registration edge.