WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon July 30, 2012
Couple Planning to Run for President and Vice-President
A Louisville couple is running for President and Vice President of the United States.
Dr. Louis Todd House, an anesthesiology doctor with the Dupont Surgical Center, has filed as the presidential candidate. His wife, Suzanne, has filed for the vice presidential slot. Both are running as write-in candidates.
There is some dispute as to whether candidates from the same state can share a presidential ticket. But the issue hasn’t been fully vetted in court. In 2008, vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney switched his voter registration from a residence in Texas to one in Wyoming so he could run with George W. Bush that year. The switch was due to a clause in the 12th Amendment that says a member of the electoral college can't vote for someone from the same state. In 2008, that would have cost Bush Texas's electoral votes. Under the same rule, the Houses couldn't receive Kentucky's six electoral college votes, if they happened to win the state, which is unlikely.
Kentucky secretary of state spokeswoman Lynn Zellen says her office’s job is to check signatures, accept a filing fee and check basic information, not to litigate constitutional questions.
"As long as those items are in place, then the Secretary of State will accept the filing papers and it would be left to an election contest to challenge their eligibility beyond those elements,” she says.
The Houses reside in the Highlands neighborhood.
So far, three presidential write-in slates, including the Houses, have filed in Kentucky. Zellen says seven write-ins filed in 2008.
The other write-in tickets are two men from Washington state and a combination of an Ohio man and Pennslyvania resident.
Candidates have until October 29 to file as write-ins in Kentucky.