Definition of INELIGIBILITY


INELIGIBILITY

The incapacity to be lawfully elected.

2. This incapacity arises from various, causes, and a person may
be incapable of being elected to one office who may, be elected to
another; the incapacity may also be perpetual or temporary.

3. - 1. Among perpetual inabilities may be reckoned, 1. The
inability of women to be elected to a public office. 2. Of citizens
born in a foreign country to be elected president of the United
States.

4. - 2. Among the temporary inabilities may be mentioned, 1. The
holding of an office declared by law to be incompatible with the
one sought. 2. The non-payment of the taxes required by law. 3. The
want of certain property qualifications required by the
constitution. 4. The want of age, or being over the age required.
Vide Eligibility. Incompatibility.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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