Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Hey Governor Quinn - Want Reform? Stop Ballot Machinations and Let the People Decide

I don't yet know alot about candidate Rosanna Pulido. But I personally believe that reform in Illinois via the ballot box is prevented by a poisonous political "strategy" - removal of the opposition from the ballot. Pulido is one of many hopefuls who try to run for office, and lose before they can run. From Pulido's campaign website:

"Pulido collected over six hundred signatures, far more than the required 319 signatures. But 416 of her signatures were challenged, with many of those challenges suspicious. Such political machinations are allowed by current Illinois law.

In what can be best described as a personal vendetta, the challenge of Pulido’s signatures was initiated by none other than Joshua Hoyt, of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Hoyt’s challenge included incorrect calculations, blank signature lines, and, by his own admission, was initiated solely to derail Mrs. Pulido’s campaign."
I'm not endorsing the candidate. As I said, I know very little about her. I am endorsing democracy. This practice that deprives voters of the right to decide really ticks me off. By the way - I found not one word about it in the Chicago Sun Times, or the Tribune. If you see something, drop a line in the comments. The hearing is tomorrow.

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