(The following was originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times.)
Pens are not always mightier than the sword.
In Illinois, volunteers have collected tens of thousands of signatures on petitions to get candidates representing “non-established” political parties on the November ballot.
But because of Illinois’ onerous requirements for anyone who isn’t running as a Democrat or a Republican, most of those signatures won’t matter. That’s a problem the state needs to fix.
It’s reasonable to set a higher bar for smaller political parties looking to get on the ballot. No one wants a replay of the 2003 California gubernatorial election, when 135 candidates were on the ballot.