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Libertarian kicked off fall election ballot

County elections officials have kicked the would-be Libertarian candidate for the state house seat representing Evanston off the ballot, leaving Democrat Robyn Gabel, unopposed in November’s election.

Funk says his only options now are to file a court challenge, which he’s not sure he has to money to pay for, or run as a write-in candidate.

County elections officials have kicked the would-be Libertarian candidate for the state house seat representing Evanston off the ballot, leaving Democrat Robyn Gabel, unopposed in November’s election.

Funk says his only options now are to file a court challenge, which he’s not sure he has to money to pay for, or run as a write-in candidate.

If he does challenge the ruling in court, Funk says he’ll argue that the state law, which requires independent and new party candidates to get several times the petition signatures required of major party candidates, is vague in its requirements — and that instead of the vote for president in the last election, the vote for the office that a candidate is seeking should be the measure of the number of petition signatures required.

In that case, he says, the number of petition signatures required would drop from 2,561 to 1,980 — and he has 2,214 signatures still considered valid after the administrative hearings.

Funk initially filed about 3,300 signatures and the effort to oust him from the ballot was launched by a Gabel supporter, despite Gabel’s stated position in favor of repealing the disparate petition requirements.

Funk says the results of today’s decision by the county election panel won’t be formally issued for another week or two, and were Gabel to persuade her supporters to withdraw the challenge between now and then he’d still be able to appear on the ballot.

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