Seventh Circuit Sets Hearing Date in Illinois Green Party Ballot Access Case

The Seventh Circuit will hear Tripp v Smart, 16-3469, on Monday, September 18, at 9:30 a.m.  This is the Green Party case that challenges the 5% petition requirement for independent candidates for the legislature, and also for the legislative nominees of unqualified parties.  Specifically the case challenges how the 5% petition works in districts that have no population centers.  It also challenges the requirement that every petition sheet be notarized.  The U.S. District Court had upheld all these requirements.


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