'Tis the season for Illinois’ congressional candidates to finally make their way to Springfield to file their nominating petitions. The filing dates were pushed back to December 23rd and 27th due to a federal lawsuit, challenging the new congressional map drawn by Democrats. Rupert Borgsmiller, executive director of the state board of elections, says the later filing date hasn’t adversely affected operations too much… yet.
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“The worst part of it is, the further back you push this, the less time we have to process any objections and make a determination as to what the ballot will be on the 17th,” he says. Borgsmiller says the state is mandated to get overseas ballots sent out by a certain time, and the time crunch could make it difficult to get everything in order. Congressional candidates are the only ones still filing, as all statewide offices filed their petitions just after Thanksgiving.