Candidates for various offices - County, State and Federal - are beginning to gear up for the 2010 Primary Election. Nominating Petitions for these offices can now be circulated, begining today, August 4th, 2009.
Passing petitions is a time consuming task requiring a lot of door-to-door work from the candidates and the volunteers working with them. While there are very specific signature requirements for a candidate to successfully make it onto the ballot, those signing the petitions sometimes make mistakes - they are registered to vote in another state, they give an old or incorrect address, or other such errors. That is why candidates routinely collect twice, or even three times, the number of signatures required so that they can be assured of having enough "good" signatures.
We are listing the Signature Requirements for the Democratic Candidates seeking to be nominated in the 2010 Primary so that it will be clear that Petition Circulating is a big undertaking.
For United States Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer: At least 5,000 signatures but not more than 10,000.
State Senator: 1,000 signatures.
State Representative: 500 signatures.
Cook County Offices:
County Clerk, Treasurer, Sheriff, Assessor, County Board President: 8,147 signatures.
County Commissioner District 2: 316 signatures.
County Commissioner District 10: 319 signatures.
Member of Board of Review of Coook County: 5,022 signatures.
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District: 7,981 signatures.
Supreme Court Judge (1st Judicial District, if vacancy occurs): 3,417 signatures.
Appellate Court Judge(1st District, if vacancy occurs): 3,417 signatures.
Circuit Court Judge (County Wide, if vacancy occurs): 3,268 signatures.
Subcircuit Court Judge (8th Subcircuit, if vacancy occurs):500 Signatures.