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Conservatives Still Fighting to Get on Illinois Ballot
Publius Forum ^ | 09/06/10 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 09/06/2010 12:13:41 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

Doug Ibendahl of Republican News Watch reminds me of something I should have mentioned previously. There is an entire party, one officially recognized by Illinois, that is fighting to get its slate recognized and on the 2010 ballot. The Constitution Party of Illinois was thrown off the ballot but still might have some juice left to reverse that decision.

I hadn't posted on the struggle that the Constitution Party was going through before because frankly I expected that they wouldn't end up having enough petition signatures to make the ballot. Turns out they did. Yet the state election board threw them off the ballot anyway and really for no legitimate reason.

The whole petition challenge aspect of Illinois politics is its most venal form of good-old-boyism. Both the GOP and the Dems work hand-in-hand to destroy anyone they don't want on the ballot. It is disgusting, gutter politics at its worst. Not to mention that it is wholly un-American to deny the voters their choice of candidates.

Now, I am not against the petition policy in and of itself. I think it is a good thing for candidates to have to demonstrate that they have at least some specified thousands of voters who are willing to sign a petition to demonstrate that the candidate really does have backing among the voters. If there were no petition requirements we'd have all kinds of vanity names on the ballot and that would make matters very messy for voters to wade through. It would needlessly complicate things for sure. So I support a petition requirement to weed out the nut jobs, fame seekers, and crazies...

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TOPICS: Government; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: constitutionparty; election; illinois
Both major parties in Illinois teaming up to deny voters their third party choice.
1 posted on 09/06/2010 12:13:43 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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What’s going on with the Illinois Republican Renaissance PAC?

2 posted on 09/06/2010 1:24:57 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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