Petition challenges are a traditional part of the election process. What better way to win an election than to knock your opponents off the ballot?
To appear on the ballot, a candidate must file petitions with a certain number of legitimate voter signatures. The number of required signatures varies depending on the office. But what doesn't vary is the need to make sure the petitions can withstand a challenge. If a page isn't notarized, for example, every signature on the page is thrown out.
State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan (Seth Perlman~AP)
Normally, experienced politicians don't lose their places on the ballot because they file plenty of extra signatures. But this year, even incumbents have been falling and won't see their names on the ballot in the March 20 primary election.
State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a Des Plaines Republican, withdrew when it became clear too many signatures on her petitions wouldn't be counted. She has said she will run as a write-in candidate, but it would have been easier to get enough signatures on petitions than to get a winning margin on write-in ballots.
Chicago Ald. Rey Colon (35th) was kicked off the ballot and will lose his job as Democratic ward committeeman, although he will remain as alderman. Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) had to drop her committeeman re-election bid, too. And Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), also running for committeeman, is fighting to rehabilitate his candidacy after falling short in a preliminary count.
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