WYOMING \u2013 After weeks of speculation and accusation, the Wyoming Attorney General\u2019s Office has requested a ruling from the First Judicial District Court to settle the question of Dr. Taylor Haynes\u2019 residency after a review by the Wyoming Attorney General\u2019s Office and the Wyoming Secretary of State\u2019s Office. Haynes is a candidate seeking the Republican nomination to become the next Governor of Wyoming. \u201cThe step we\u2019ve taken today is not one we\u2019ve taken lightly, but it is undoubtedly a necessary step which will allow for this issue to be resolved for the protection of the election process, the voters, and for all candidates for governor in 2018 and in future elections. The review of this issue by the Attorney General, in cooperation with my office, has been thorough, timely, and has included communication with Dr. Haynes,\u201d said Secretary of State Edward Buchanan. \u201cThis issue is truly too impactful on the election and the State of Wyoming to be administratively decided or simply set aside without final clarity of the known facts and the applicable law.\u201d The Secretary of State\u2019s Office received a complaint on June 25 alleging that Dr. Haynes does not meet the qualifications to hold the office of governor. The complaint suggests that, within the last five years, Dr. Haynes resided in a location outside Wyoming. The Wyoming Constitution in Article 4 Section 2 reads: No person shall be eligible to the office of governor unless he be a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of the state, who has attained the age of thirty years, and who has resided 5 years next preceding the election within the state\u2026 Generally, candidates for office must have obtained Wyoming residency upon their election or a year prior to taking office. The residency requirement for the office of governor, however, is separate and unique among the qualifications for elected offices in Wyoming. State Election Director Kai Schon said, \u201cTo fulfill the clearly stated residency requirement to be elected in 2018, a candidate for governor must have continuously resided in Wyoming since November 6, 2013. No other candidate for office\u2014whether they be candidates for county commissioner, state auditor, US representative, or any other Wyoming office\u2014needs to meet this five-year residency requirement. Even more specifically, candidates for federal office don\u2019t even need to be state residents to run for office.\u201d Pursuant to a recent law passed by the Wyoming State Legislature in 2018, the Secretary of State\u2019s Office is required to refer suspected violations of the Election Code to the Wyoming Attorney General for investigation. \u201cOnce the Secretary of State\u2019s Office received the complaint, we turned it over to the Attorney General. As this review was conducted, we also reached out to Dr. Haynes and asked him to provide clarification of his residency. The materials submitted by Dr. Haynes were reviewed by our office and passed along to the Attorney General\u2019s Office in cooperation with their review of this issue,\u201d Schon said. The filing with the Wyoming First Judicial District (State of Wyoming v. Taylor Haynes M.D.), requests that the court make two simultaneous determinations in resolving the issue of Dr. Haynes eligibility: \tDoes Dr. Taylor Haynes meet the residency requirement to hold the office of governor under Article 4 Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Wyoming? \tDoes the Secretary of State, as Wyoming\u2019s chief election officer, have the legal and statutory authority to act upon issues relating to a candidates\u2019 eligibility? \u201cThe Wyoming Constitution clearly sets forth a continuous five-year residency requirement for gubernatorial candidates. The State now turns to the judicial branch for the swift and definitive resolution of this matter. The voters of Wyoming, the candidates for governor, and Dr. Haynes himself, all deserve clarity in the most expedient manner possible,\u201d Buchanan added. The request for declaratory judgement was filed on Friday, July 20, 2018, by the Wyoming Attorney General. The Attorney General requested an expedited hearing and review of the matter given the approaching date of next month\u2019s primary election on August 21.