The following was posted on the Constitution Party’s Facebook page today:
BALLOT ACCESS: Battleground Illinois
Message from Constitution Party of Illinois State Chairman Randy Stufflebeam:
Good News for candidates wishing to run for office as a Constitution Party Candidate!!
From the Illinois Board of Elections:
“A person who filed a statement of candidacy for a partisan office as a qualified primary voter of an established political party or who voted the ballot of an established political party at a general primary election may not file a statement of candidacy as a candidate of a different established political party or as an independent candidate for a partisan office to be filled at the general election immediately following the general primary for which the person filed the statement or voted the ballot.”
What does this mean?
This means that if you voted in the primary elections or filed a “Statement of Candidacy,” you can still run for office in the Constitution Party.
(“may not file” is referencing “Filing a Statement of Candidacy”.)
In other words: even though someone may have voted or filed a statement of candidacy in the primary, they CAN RUN for office within the Constitution Party.
The stipulation is that if you voted or filed a statement of candidacy in the primary, you could NOT run for office as an independent or the other “Established Party.”
Example, if you voted or filed as a candidate as a Republican, you can not run as an Independent or a Democrat. But you could run for the Constitution Party.
There is a stipulation that has not changed, if you ran for Governor and lost, you can not run for governor as an independent, third party, or write-in. HOWEVER, they could run for any other office for the Constitution Party.
When they came up with the “voting in the Primary” rule, we understood that to mean that if you voted in the primaries, you could NOT run for office with the Constitution Party.
So the good news is that contrary to what we thought and were telling everyone, if you voted or filed for candidacy in the Primary elections, YOU CAN RUN AS A CONSTITUTION PARTY CANDIDATE IN ILLINOIS.
Today is the first day of the 90-day period of collecting signatures.