Independent Candidate in Illinois Removed from Ballot Because She and Her Husband Collected Too Many of Her Own SignaturesJanuary 18th, 2013
Laura Sandefur, an independent candidate in the April 9, 2013 election for Cunningham Township, Illinois Township Assessor, has been removed from the ballot. Illinois law says no one can circulate a petition to place someone on a primary ballot, and then also collect signatures in the same election cycle for an independent candidate or the nominee of a previously unqualified party. Sandefur and her husband had collected signatures earlier to get her on the Democratic primary ballot, but they had withdrawn that petition. Then she and her husband, among others, worked on her independent petition. Because they had collected signatures earlier on her withdrawn Democratic primary petition, they are not allowed to have helped collect signatures for her as an independent. See this story.
As a result, voters will see only one candidate on the ballot. Cunningham Township is in Champaign County and is co-terminous with the city of Urbana.