Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Gill Files Federal Suit Over Ballot Issues

Congressional candidate David Gill claims "severe and overly burdensome" signature requirements for his independent candidacy are unconstitutional and wants a federal court to allow his name on the Nov. 8 ballot, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register.

If Gill gets the result sought by the lawsuit filed Monday, he would face Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Democrat Mark Wicklund of Decatur in the 13th Congressional District election.

Democrats and Republicans in the race had to file just under 740 valid signatures to enter their primaries. Independents, who filed later and don't face primary opposition, are required, in the 13th, to have 10,754 - or more than 14 times the amount needed by major-party candidates.

                                                          Information provided by the State Journal-Register

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