Can Board Remove a Candidate's Name from the Ballot Due to Insufficient Signatures ?
In Canter v. Cook County Officers Electoral Board, 170 Ill. App. 3d 364, 523 N.E.2d 1299, 120 Ill. Dec. 388 (1988), the board struck three pages of signatures gathered by a particular circulator based on a pattern of "apparent irregularities" that raised doubts about the genuineness of those pages.
This ruling, coupled with stipulations entered into by the parties, left the candidate with fewer than the minimum number of required signatures and his name was removed from the ballot. Canter, 170 Ill. App. 3d at 367, 523 N.E.2d at 1301.
The circuit court concurred in the Board's action.
In turn, the appellate court, relying in part on Fortas and Huskey, found that the board properly struck the challenged sheets in their entirety. Canter, 170 Ill. App. 3d at 368, 523 N.E.2d at 1301.
Therefore, the circuit court's ruling affirming the board's decision removing the candidate's name due to insufficient signatures was affirmed. Canter, 170 Ill. App. 3d at 370, 523 N.E.2d at 1303.