By: Brittany Flaherty Theis
Both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have responded to the outcry regarding the December 24, 2012 filing deadline for nominating papers. In a previous post, it was explained that December 24 is not considered a state holiday. Local election officials are required to remain open until 5 p.m. on the last day of the filing period – this year that was set to be December 24.
House Amendment No. 1 to SB 3338 states, in part:
For the 2012 consolidated election period, an election authority or local election official shall accept until 104 days before the election at which candidates are to be on the ballot any petitions for nomination or certificate of nomination required by the Code to be filed no earlier than 113 and no later than 106 days before the consolidated election.
Simply put, the last day of filing would now be 104 days before the election, or December 26, 2012, rather than 106 days before the election, or December 24, 2012. If the governor signs the amendment, local election officials should revise their schedules accordingly. If a website is maintained, it would be wise to announce any changes there. Additionally, if the local election official has maintained a list of potential candidates or interested parties, those individuals should be notified directly.
Watch for updates regarding the status of SB 3338 by following Whitt Law Attorney Brittany Flaherty Theis on Twitter (@BFlahertyTheis). For more information or to address any questions you might have regarding the upcoming School Board Elections, please contact Whitt Law Attorney Sarah Miller.
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