Chicago Sun-Times
A dialog between Sun-Times opinion writers and our readers

Voting for an independent doesn't create a new party

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Joseph Berrios, who's both a candidate for Cook County assessor and chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, has expressed this worry about Forrest Claypool's independent campaign for county assessor: It will create a new party that won't go away.

"We will have an independent party on the ballot from now on, because [it will] get enough votes to become an official party here in Cook County," Berrios told the Sun-Times Editorial Board.

Something like that did happen statewide when Adlai Stevenson helped to create the Solidarity Party in 1986 to avoid running on the same ticket as two Lyndon LaRouche supporters who won Democratic primaries. Stevenson didn't have any use for Solidarity after he lost the election, but the party continued to be officially recognized and others ran as Solidarity candidates in subsequent elections.

But that won't happen in Claypool's case, said Dan White, executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections. A separate provision governs independent candidates, and doesn't create a new line on the ballot in the next election.

Follow BackTalk on Twitter@stbacktalk

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/36490

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Thomas Frisbie published on October 20, 2010 4:28 PM.

What makes (or made) Fast Eddie go? was the previous entry in this blog.

Frankencreatures - a future Halloween surprise? is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.