Can Chelsea Manning Legally Run For Office As A Convicted Felon?

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Can Chelsea run for Senate in Maryland with a criminal record?

Chelsea Manning has officially announced her Senate run in Maryland.

The 30-year-old former U.S. Army intelligence analyst is planning to run as a Democrat and will most likely primary against incumbent Ben Cardin.

But many people are wondering whether Manning can run for political office as a convicted felon.

Can Chelsea Manning run for Senate with a criminal record?

The ex-felon was convicted by court-martial after releasing nearly 750,000 classified or sensitive military and diplomatic documents that revealed war crimes committed by the United States. After nearly seven in prison, she was pardoned and her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Despite her criminal record, Manning and other ex-felons can usually run for public office as long as their civil rights have been restored by completing all parts of their sentence and restitution.

While the U.S. Constitution allows citizens with criminal records to run for Congress, state laws can be different.

In order to run in Maryland, where Manning currently resides, the only qualifications are to be at least 30-years old, to have U.S. citizenship for at least nine years, and to live in the state at the time of the election.

Manning is not the only person with a criminal record vying for a government job; Joe Arpaio — who was pardoned by President Donald Trump but still holds a criminal record — is also running for U.S. Senate.

Stay tuned for more updates on Chelsea Manning’s senatorial run.

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