If the subject is a third political party in Illinois, the answer is Libertarian. At least, that is how this year’s statewide ballot shakes out.
The Illinois State Board of Elections has ruled that the Libertarians had enough valid petition signatures – and the Greens did not.
Illinois Green Party chairman Rich Whitney points out the Fifth and Twelfth Congressional Districts do have party candidates on the ballot.
Part of the problem, says Whitney, is the “third parties” must collect 25,000 petition signatures, five times the amount the Republicans and Democrats must collect.
It almost looks as if it’s set up against him.
“It more than looks like it’s set up against us,” says Whitney, “I think it very deliberately is set up against us. You have to gather that many in ninety days. Each sheet has to be notarized.”
The Green Party, Whitney says, is not going away.
Libertarians are on the statewide ballot despite what some would call irregularities by one petition circulator, whose story about her own residency changed, and who could not be identified in a follow-up investigation because, she said, she wore a wig part of the time.
“Some people are more industrious,” said board member Harold Byers of such prolific signature-gatherers, adding many of them are professionals brought in from out of state.