On July 24, the “binder check” process started for the Illinois Green Party. Because the party’s petition for statewide office is being challenged, the party must supply twelve individuals who will spend all day, during weekdays, sitting in a State Elections Board office and poring over each signature that has been challenged. The challengers must have an equal number of workers, but typically when the challengers represent major party figures, those major parties pay their workers.
Worse for the Green Party is that the State Board of Elections is not conducting this process in Chicago, even though the State Board has offices in Chicago. Most of the Green Party workers live in the Chicago area.