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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Green Party Candidate Removed from Ballot for Petition Inconsistencies

A candidate filed nomination papers to run for the office of Cicero Township committeeman. An objection was filed based on the grounds that the nomination petitions filed by the candidate stated that the petition signers were electors in Oak Park Township, not Cicero Township. The Cook County Electoral Board denied the objection, and the trial court affirmed. 

The objector appealed to the appellate court, and the appellate court ruled in favor of the objection, and ordered the candidate's name removed from the ballot. Neal v. Cook County Electoral Board, 2018 IL App (1st) 180321. The appellate court determined that the reference to the wrong township created a "basis for confusion" as to whether the signatures were proper. The court also determined that the signatories never asserted they were affiliated with the Green Party, meaning they had no authority to nominate the candidate to run as the Green Party candidate. As a result of these inconsistencies, the court ordered the candidate's name be removed from the March 20, 2018 primary ballot.


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