Richard Winger has just reported that because of a strange quirk in Illinois election laws, the Constitution Party and New Party have both qualified to be on the ballot. Neither submitted enough petitions to actually achieve this, but no one challenged their petitions. The Libertarians and Ralph Nader’s petitions also remain unchallenged, but they had the neccesary signatures.
Today was the last day for anyone in Illinois to file an objection to a petition filed by an independent candidate, or the petition of a previously unqualified or new party. No one challenged any of the four petitions turned in for president. Those petitions were for the Libertarian, Constitution and New Parties, and Ralph Nader as an independent.
The Libertarian and Constitution Parties also have a candidate for U.S. Senate listed on their petitions. The Constitution statewide petition only has 300 signatures on it. However, under Illinois rules, that is enough, given that no one challenged.
The New Party turned in a petition form that had the top part filled out correctly, listing John Joseph Polachek as its presidential candidate. It listed no one for vice-president and no one for U.S. Senate. But because no one challenged, it is also now valid. Illinois law allows substitution, so if John Joseph Polachek does not wish to actually run for president, he and the substitution committee are free to choose someone else for president, and anyone they wish for vice-president.
The two Libertarian candidates for U.S. House were challenged, as was independent U.S. House candidate Allan Stevo.
The only other time the Constitution Party’s presidential candidate has been on the ballot was Howard Phillips in 1996. He recieved 7,606 votes.