Thursday, December 22, 2016

Key dates await board candidates

The next key date is Dec. 27, the last
day to file objections to nominating petitions.
Several key dates remain for school board candidates running in the April 4, 2017 consolidated election.

Tuesday, Dec. 27, is the last day to file objections to nominating petitions. Objections must be filed in the office of the county clerk or county board of election commissioners in which the principal office of the school district is located.

Wednesday, Dec. 28, is the final calendar date for a ballot placement lottery, should one have been necessitated due to a simultaneous filing of nominating papers. As usual, names of qualified candidates are placed on the ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received. But when required, a lottery is held for the first and last spots on the ballot if multiple candidates’ papers were filed simultaneously in either the first or last hour of the filing period.

Thursday, Jan. 26, is the deadline day to formally withdraw as a candidate. School board candidates must file notarized papers to withdraw their nomination by that day, which means filing with the county clerk or county board of election commissioners in which the principal office of the school district is located.

The last key date is Thursday, Feb. 2, which is the final date to file officially as a write-in candidate. Any such candidate must file a notarized Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate with the appropriate county clerk or county board of election commissioners. Write-in votes are not counted for those who have not filed such a declaration.

IASB offers election information and candidate guidance, including links to Illinois State Board of Elections and sample forms, here.