“A lot of that is based on the fact that these house-sharing services are new,” he said.
McClendon said Cardinale failed to change his mailing address and did not put utilities in his name when he moved to the Airbnb.
“These are all things that someone would do if you intend to live there [long term],” he said.
However, Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe agreed with Cardinale and in her ruling wrote: “There is no evidence in the record to support the finding that [Cardinale] was temporarily in the District as of January 23, 2018 or that he had the intention of removing himself from the District.”
Fulton election officials said Cardinale’s name will appear on the ballot for early voting.
“Once a decision is made we have to get the state to redo the ballot to have his name added,” Fulton County Board of Elections Director Richard Barron said in court. Barron said the city would still have to set up the machines for voting, but will add Cardinale’s name if a ruling is made in his favor. That process could take up to five to six hours.
Cardinale is one of nine candidates vying for the seat held by former Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr.