Add a Side of Candidate Petitions to That Turkey


Written by Doug Ibendahl

Looking for a way to work off that big Thanksgiving feast? Why not take a walk around the neighborhood and collect some petition signatures.

There’s still time to get on the March 15 ballot for Precinct Committeeman (or Ward Committeeman in Chicago). A minimum of only 10 valid signatures are needed to get on the ballot for Precinct Committeeman – and one of those can be your own.

If you live outside of Cook County there’s better than a 50/50 chance your precinct isn’t even represented by an elected Republican Precinct Committeeman right now.

Petition signers must be registered to vote in your precinct, but a petition circulator need only be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen. A circulator need not live in your precinct, or even in the state.

So give Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary a clipboard with a petition sheet and hit the streets. Add a little democracy to your family’s Thanksgiving festivities.

The close of business this Monday, November 30 is the deadline for filing candidate petitions in Illinois. Candidates for Precinct Committeeman (and Ward Committeeman in Chicago) file with the County Clerk.

The Republican Precinct Project has all of the forms you need HERE.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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