In Champaign County, for local candidates seeking nomination or election at the March 20, 2012 Primary, only one objection to nomination papers was filed – that of Stephen Frank vs Stephanie Holderfield, Republican candidate for Circuit Clerk. The objection alleged that Holderfield, a Republican candidate, had signed a nominating petition for Ben Carlson, a Democratic candidate for Auditor, and thereby invalidated her own nomination papers. You can read the objection in its entirety here.
The objection was heard by the County Officials Electoral Board, in accordance with 10 ILCS 5/10-8, through 10-10.1. The Electoral Board is created by statute to hear such objections, and consists of the State’s Attorney, Circuit Clerk and County Clerk as Chair, or their designated representatives. For this Board, the members were State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, Circuit Clerk’s Supervisor Sandy Romans (as designated by Circuit Clerk Linda Frank) and myself.
The Electoral Board met twice, on December 16, 2011 and January 6, 2012, to consider the issues in the objection. There was an initial Motion to Recuse from the candidate due to alleged bias of Board Member Romans and myself, which was denied.
I want to share some of the record of the proceedings here for public comment and feedback.
The Board ruled on a 3-0 vote to deny the objection, and the Board’s Findings are here.
The two court cases referenced by the Findings are Watkins v Burke (1984) and Rosenzweig v State Board of Elections, Hebda (2011).
If you have feedback about the issues in the case, how we heard it, or my role in it, please let me know. Thank you.