Kansas election officials have put the brakes on a dog’s campaign for governor.
Angus, a dog from Hutchinson, Kansas, recently threw his bone into the race for his state’s gubernatorial election, but Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office has disqualified the three-year-old wire terrier from running even though state laws do not strictly require that a candidate be human.
The Hutchinson News reported Monday that Angus P. Woolley’s owner, Terran Woolley of Hutchinson, filed and signed paperwork last week to create a candidate committee for the animal after news reports surfaced that the state does not have requirements governing who can run for the office.
“A dog will not be allowed to file and put its name on the ballot,” said Bryan Caskey, director of elections for the Kansas Secretary of State’s office.
Six teenagers have already filed for the gubernatorial race following a report from the Star last year that noted no age or residency requirements for candidates.
Lawmakers in the state are currently considering a bill to add requirements for gubernatorial candidates that would require applicants to be human and be at least 18 years of age. If passed, the bill would not affect the 2018 election.