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This just in (thanks to a link seen at TableTalk): Illinois is one of the many states whose presidential ballot deadline occurs before the GOP convention in 2004. Illinois law requires candidates to be certified 67 days before an election, but the Republicans don't plan on nominating Bush until Sept. 2, 2004 (gosh, that sure is close to Sept. 11! What a coincidence!) which means he would be certified only 61 days before the election. So the Libertarians are trying to keep Bush off the ballot since he won't play by the rules:
"The Republican Party needs to abide by the same rule of law as everyone else," said Illinois LP Executive Director Jeff Trigg. "You can be sure if the tables were turned -- and it was the Libertarians nominating their presidential candidate seven days after the deadline -- they wouldn't lift a finger to help us stay on the ballot."
...[T]he RNC has asked the State Board of Elections (SBE) to grant them an "exception" to the law. The board said it would consider the request at an upcoming meeting after getting a legal opinion from Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
But Libertarians said the State Board of Elections does not have the authority to grant exemptions -- and thus arbitrarily decide which political parties must follow the law.
I think all of us patriotic Illinoisans ought to drop our congressfolks (and Lisa Madigan) a line, letting them know we expect the GOP to obey our state's election laws, and that those laws should not be changed just to accomodate a candidate who wants to continue exploiting the Sept. 11 dead to further his own career.
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I just sent my comments in to the Attorney General through the office's Website. There's also a page of main and regional AG offices on the site. I'm guessing the main one is the place where Lisa Madigan works.
jima @ 06/01/2003 08:52 PM CST
Absofuckinglutely! States' ballot laws already bend over backwards to accomedate the ruling pair of parties making it extrememly difficult for other parties to get on the ballot in many states. Throwing this law out the window would be right in line with the bush administration's lack of respect for the electorate. I guess that might be because they've never had any illusions as to WHOSE electorate we are, eh? Does the SBE have the authority to waive this requirement? Will that stop them?
This kind of crap really gets me hot. No, not that kind of hot, the pissed-off kind!
Charlie @ 06/01/2003 11:14 PM CST
Admit it, Charlie -- it gets you just a little bit hot the other way, too, right?
But, yeah, I think anyone who doesn't want to follow the laws of my state doesn't deserve to be on the ballot in my state. Call me old-fashioned.
amyc @ 06/02/2003 07:36 AM CST