Alternative parties criticize Illinois ballot access disparities


Green Party Watch, April 4th, 2016:

Central Illinois WJBC Radio 1230 reports on its website that alternative parties in Illinois “are pointing out the large disparities” in ballot access between them and the Democrats and Republicans. A Libertarian candidate for state comptroller said she “has to get at least five times more signatures than her Republican and Democrat opponents, which is 25,000 signatures — a big undertaking.”

Rich Whitney, two-time Green Party candidate for governor, “said the process for new parties is like the Greek myth of Sisyphus. ‘It’s like rolling that boulder up the hill and then it rolls back down over you and you have to start over again,’ Whitney said.” He said the state’s “system is extremely unfair for parties other than Democrats and the GOP.”

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