After the first of what appears to be a two-day process, challenges to signatures on John Reinert’s petitions for State Senate are largely being upheld.
Examined first were a hundred or so petitions passed by what might be characterized as local residents.
There were a total of 210 petitions filed by Reinert having about 2,036 signatures.
80% or more of challenges to signatures of local residents’ petitions have been sustained by the State Board of Elections personnel doing the review.
Reasons for challenges indicated in the petition were
- living out of the 32nd State Senate District
- not being registered at the address shown on the petition
- address missing or incomplete
- signed petition twice and/or
- signed a Democratic or Green Party petition
The number of signatures likely to be stricken as a result of today’s examination are unknown by McHenry County Blog.
A minimum of 1,000 signatures are required to be on the Republican Primary Election ballot.
Signatures from one of the Chicago petition passers, Demarcus McDaniels, are not standing up to scrutiny.
Information is that this was a person paid to collect signatures.
The challenge alleges a “pattern of fraud” in the petitions passed by McDaniels in that
- McDaniels signed sheets he did not circulate.
- Many signatures were “written by the same hand and are not genuine and are forgeries.”
- McDaniels’ signature is different on different petition pages.
A Friend of McHenry County Blog said, “If the ratio [of rejected signatures] continues, Mr. Reinert will not be on the ballot.”
While the challenge was filed by attorney Steven Robert Verr, Reinert primary opponent Craig Wilcox was present at the Board of Elections signature examination.
“The State Board of Elections continues to demonstrate their professionalism and the process is interesting to observe.
“We’re very excited with the outcomes known to date.”
A second day is needed because only about 57% of the challenged signatures have been examined.
Traveling to Springfield to assist Wilcox were Eric Dowd, Ev Evertsen, Janice Ricci, Orville Brettman and Rachael Lawrence.
Assisting Reinert were Tina Hill, Chris Yaeger, Tim Geiger and Gilbert Ruiz.