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Ballot Petition Signature Requirements in Illinois During a Pandemic

Robert Timothy Reagan
March 22, 2021
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Libertarian Party of Illinois v. Pritzker (1:20-cv-2112) and Morgan v. White (1:20-cv-2189) (Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, N.D. Ill.) and Bambenek v. White (Sue E. Myerscough, C.D. Ill. 3:20-cv-3107)
Lawsuits filed in two of Illinois’s districts sought modifications to ballot petition signature requirements in light of social distancing made necessary by the global COVID-19 infectious pandemic. An agreed order modified the requirements for candidates. The district judge gave election officials part of the adjustments from the agreed order that they requested, and the court of appeals declined to stay the district judge’s decision. District judges in both districts denied relief from the signature requirements for ballot measures.
Subject: Getting on the ballot. Topics: Getting on the ballot; ballot measure; COVID-19; case assignment; interlocutory appeal; laches; intervention.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.