14-year-old uses legal quirk to run for Vermont governor

Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 12:04 PM EDT
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One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive.

But 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn has met the requirements to be on Vermont's primary ballot and is taking his place with the state's more age-appropriate candidates on the Tuesday primary ballot.

The Vermont Constitution doesn't have an age requirement for people seeking the state's highest office beyond having lived in the state for four years before the election. Sonneborn qualifies.

That apparent oversight by the state's founders more than 225 years ago was enough to encourage the politically precocious teen to collect the signatures needed to place him on the primary ballot.

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