Signatures Filed in Illinois…

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News reports that the Green and Constitution Parties have filed signatures in Illinois for their statewide candidates…

June 26 is the petition deadline for minor party candidate petitions in Illinois. Two parties filed: Green and Constitution. The state law requires 25,000 signatures for statewide nominees, but state law also says that all petitions are deemed acceptable, whether they have the minimum number of signatures or not. So both parties will be on the ballot, unless there is a challenge. The Green Party believes that its 39,000 signatures will survive a challenge, since they were collected very carefully. The Constitution Party is very vulnerable to a challenge, since its petition had only 4,500 signatures.

5 Responses to “Signatures Filed in Illinois…”

  1. ABAsite Says:

    A comment also says that the Independence Party of Illinois submitted petitions.

    Is anyone likely to challenge these?

  2. Gary Odom Says:

    Well, I hope somehow the Constitution Party’s bid does not get challenged and that we do get on the ballot in Illinois. An upside is that this has been the first real CP organized activity in Illinois in years. One way or the other, it must be considered a good first step.

    On the other hand, I hope this rather small signature collection result points out to CP leaders and activists around the nation that we ought to spend a great deal more time working on matters of practical politics and accomplishing the tough “nuts and bolts” tasks necessary for survival and growth and perhaps a bit less time debating the ideological purity of our fellow members. That is NOT meant to be a specific comment on what happened in Illinois, because I was not there and don’t know what the situation was in that state. For all I know the people there did the best they could with what they had. (Money or lack therof always plays a big part in petitioning success) Still, it’s food for thought, generally speaking, and it cannot be denied that we have a lot of work to do before we are where we want to be.

  3. Randall C. Stufflebeam Says:

    Dear Gary,

    This is exactly where we in Illinois are. We are focused on winning the Governors race. YES, we were disappointed with the number of signatures we had to turn in! Regardless whether or not we gain ballot access, THE WAR IS NOT OVER. Granted, the curtain has come down on this part of the play, but there are several more Acts to come and “The Fat Lady” has not sung her finale. So don’t mourn us just yet. We are alive and kicking and have a few more rounds to fire and should we run out of ammunition, we fix bayonets. And believe me, many battles in the Marine Corps’ History were won this way.

    Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with the Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate for Governor, Rich Whitney, in the process of turning our signatures in to the Illinois Board of Elections. I believe that I can speak for both of us. While there are social issues that we strongly disagree with each other on, WE ARE UNITED in our stand to gain ballot access for third parties in the state of Illinois.

    I believe that Alex Walker, my Southern Illinois Coordinator who was there with me when we turned our signatures in summed it up very well. He told me that upon reflecting on the events of the afternoon, my, he was struck with the mutual respect that was extended between our parties. He was especially struck by the conversation that we (myself and Rich Whitney) had about working together on the specific issues that we agree on. His statement to me was, “if the Republicans and Democrats were able to get along and work as well together, these would be a different United States of America.” To all of his observations I have to say, “Amen!”

    We are building a party and we are building a campaign here in Illinois that WILL take prominence on the political landscape of Illinois.

    Randall C. Stufflebeam
    Chairman and
    Gubernatorial Candidate
    Constitution Party of Illinois

  4. Chris Campbell Says:

    Run Randy Run-we have your story on our state site!

    -Chris Campbell
    Chairman, CP of NC

    (BTW-our signatures are 69,700 right now, with bills back and forth pending)

  5. Jason Says:

    Gary Odom—you hit the nail smooth on the head.

    “I hope this rather small signature collection result points out to
    CP leaders and activists around the nation that we ought to spend a
    great deal more time working on matters of practical politics and
    accomplishing the tough “nuts and bolts” tasks necessary for survival
    and growth and perhaps a bit less time debating the ideological purity
    of our fellow members.”

    I think that is the most refreshing thing I’ve heard in weeks in regards to the CP! You should put that in print and mail it out.

    Let the dysfunctional zealots and dividers leave!! We have a party to build!!

    Mr. Stufflebeam, I hope your party strikes up envy, and reminds many what we are actually in this for and bring to a close these ideological campaigns.

    Regards,

    Jason

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