As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, campaign volunteers and some candidates themselves have been working for the past week to comb through nominating petitions to make sure every signature is legitimate.I've been wanting to post this article from Progress Illinois since well yesterday:
To run for mayor, a candidate must file the signatures of 12,500 registered voters in Chicago. Candidates typically file many more than that, in case of problems with any signatures.
It is up to a candidate’s opponents, not the Board of Elections, to challenge the legitimacy of nominating petitions.
The deadline passed at 5 p.m. Tuesday to challenge the nominating paperwork for any of the candidates for mayor.
WBEZ's Steve Edwards runs down the rules that campaigns are using to try and boot opponents out of contention or play defense against someone else's ballot challenge. There are plenty of places for campaigns to allege wrongdoing or incorrect procedure: Nominating petitions must be notarized, bound, and in numerical order; signers must be registered to vote, live in the appropriate district for non-citywide races, and only sign one petition; and those circulating petitions must be at least 18 years of age and appear before a notary, among other requirements.BTW, checking out this Board of Elections master list last updated yesterday no objections were filed against aldermanic candidates in the 6th Ward. Who knows if that has changed by 5 PM today?
While the first day of hearings won't take place until December 6, all challenges are due in by [November 30]. "That means campaigns are in engaged in a frenzied review of petitions ... The whole enterprise is a bit reminiscent of water polo or synchronized swimming: the real action happens underwater, out of view," Edwards writes. Check out the full piece here.