Consequences of Not Objecting to Invalid Signatures In Candidates Nomination Petitions

In Huskey v. Municipal Officers Electoral Board, 156 Ill. App. 3d 201, 509 N.E.2d 555, 108 Ill. Dec. 859 (1987), an objection was filed claiming that certain specified signatures in the candidates nomination petitions were invalid. The electoral board invalidated signatures other than those specified in the objection. Huskey, 156 Ill. App. 3d at 203. This court, upheld the electoral board's right to consider evidence relating to the validity of signatures other than those challenged in the objection. Huskey, 156 Ill. App. 3d at 205-06. In Canter v. Cook County Officers Electoral Board, 170 Ill. App. 3d 364, 523 N.E.2d 1299, 120 Ill. Dec. 388 (1988), the objector alleged that certain of the circulators' signatures appearing on the candidate's nominating petitions were not genuine and that certain of the other circulators' affidavits were false and perjurious, thereby reducing the number of valid signatures appearing on the petitions below the statutory minimum. Canter, 170 Ill. App. 3d at 366. Again, the electoral board invalidated certain signatures to which no objection had been made, and its action was affirmed. Canter, 170 Ill. App. 3d at 367-68.