Bill puts Bush on ballot in Illinois
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[JUNE 30, 2004]
-- Illinois voters will have a full slate of presidential candidates
from which to choose on Nov. 2, despite a scheduling quirk that
could have kept President George W. Bush off the ballot for the
general election, according to state
Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington.
Illinois lawmakers have approved
Senate Bill 2123, authorizing the State Board of Elections to do
what is needed to certify for the Illinois ballot those presidential
and vice presidential candidates selected by national nominating
conventions in 2004.
"In order for President Bush to be
included on the Illinois ballot, the General Assembly had to pass
legislation allowing for a one-time exemption to the Illinois
Election Code," Brady said. "We didn't anticipate any serious
opposition, but it is a relief that the General Assembly has
approved this measure. Illinois voters should be allowed a full
slate of presidential and vice presidential candidates on the
Illinois ballot in November."
In 2004, the Republican National
Convention is scheduled for early September in New York City. Both
national political parties usually have their conventions in August.
To make sure that the Illinois ballot for the 2004 general election
lists Republican candidates, lawmakers need to authorize the State
Board of Elections -- for 2004 only -- to certify the results of any
national nominating convention prior to Election Day.
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Brady says Republicans attempted to
pass similar legislation during the fall 2003 legislative session
but would not support the bill when Democrats loaded it with
language to overlook election law violations and undo voter fraud
Approved by the Senate on March 25 and by the House of
Representatives on June 28, Senate Bill 2123 will become law when
signed by the governor.
Senate Republican Caucus