Our effort in Meroni V ISBE is transitioning in a couple of ways. Last week, Steve Boulton and I discussed these next steps on Defend the Vote's new Monday Internet radio show: This will link you to the full show. This links to Steve only.
Steve and I discussed at length the most efficient strategy to proceed forward in our effort to have a system in place assuring everyone on the ballot is constitutionally eligible. In late September, the Fourth District Appellate Court ruled our case was moot. The decision is posted on Scribd. Last week, we discussed the option of taking this case to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Our decision: We will take this case to the Supreme Court. We will start a new challenge in the upcoming ballot qualification periods ( December 2011 and January 2012) for Illinois 2012 elections. This challenge will be targeted and therefore more able to address the Constitutional issues we feel are in play here.
In summary, this case began in June 2010. I challenged all third Party candidates during the qualification process for ballot placement in Illinois. The Illinois State Board of Elections dismissed the objection petitions, and the Illinois 7th Judicial Circuit Court affirmed the ISBE decision.
Defend the Vote will continue efforts to assist registered voters in Illinois to challenge candidates who have applied for ballot placement to prove they are constitutionally eligible. More updates to follow. You can read more about the case here.
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