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Ballot dispute over House race continues

The Libertarian candidate to represent Evanston in the state legislature continues to fight challenges from supporters of State Rep. Robyn Gabel to his petition signatures. There’s another hearing today at the County Clerk’s office in Steve Funk’s battle to get on the ballot.

The Libertarian candidate to represent Evanston in the state legislature continues to fight challenges from supporters of State Rep. Robyn Gabel to his petition signatures. There’s another hearing today at the County Clerk’s office in Steve Funk’s battle to get on the ballot.

If the Gabel backers succeed in kicking Funk off the ballot, she’ll have no opposition in the November election because no Republican candidate is seeking the job.

As of last week, after a four-day series of hearings, Funk had 2,214 signatures considered valid by the examiners, more than 300 short of the 2,561 required for independent candidates and smaller political parties.

By contract, candidates for the established parties need only 500 signatures to run for the same seat.

Gabel has previously said that she favors eliminating the disparity in signature requirements, but hasn’t stopped her supporters from pursuing the challenge to Funk.

Funk today is trying to get many of the disputed signatures reinstated, while Gabel’s backers are seeking to have additional ones that survived the original review tossed out.

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