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On July 27, the Cook County Electoral Board ruled that Steve Funk, Libertarian candidate for State Representative of  the 18th  Legislative District, submitted 2,231 valid petition signatures, 230 short of the requirement, and ordered that his name not appear on the ballot for the Nov. 2 general election. Mr. Funk has requested judicial review of the Election Board’s decision, and an initial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6.

In a prepared statement, Mr. Funk said his petition to be included on the ballot contained 3,300 petition signatures, and that nearly half the signatures were challenged as being invalid by a supporter of Democratic Party nominee Robyn Gabel. After a line-by-line “records examination” by the County Clerk’s office, the Elections Board found there were 2,231 valid signatures., Mr. Funk said.  

In his Court appeal, Mr. Funk claims he submitted a sufficient number of signatues, that the number required should be based on 5 percent of the votes cast for state representative of the 18th Legislative District rather than the total number of votes cast by voters in the District, and that the method used to calculate the minimum number of signatures for independent and “new party” candidates is unconsititutionally restrictive.