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Joe Laiacona's Petition Challenge Against Deb Mell May Get a Hearing Soon

Posted By on 11.25.09 at 01:30 PM

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Hunter Clauss reports an update in Joe Laiacona's petition challenge against Deborah Mell.

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Laiacona and Mell are running for state rep in the 40th District, and if you caught our recent feature on Laiacona, a Columbia teacher and fetish columnist, you know that Mell may have made a technical error on her nominating petition.

Laiacona alleges that she failed to note the change when she moved to a new address. Challenging petitions is a time-honored tradition in Chicago electoral politics often used by the likes of Mell and her father, Alderman Richard Mell.

Now a hearing examiner has issued a recommendation to the Chicago Board of Elections that it dismiss Laiacona's challenge. Citing the Illinois Election Code, examiner Barabara Goodman said a candidate does not have to be a registered voter to run, and therefore the address on her voter registration is irrelevant. The Board of Elections next meets Tuesday, December 1.

UPDATE: The Tribune's Eric Zorn has updated his coverage of the challenge with excerpts from legal precedents here.

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