Six Presidential Candidates Submit Petitions in Illinois

June 25 was the petition deadline in Illinois for independent candidates, and nominees of unqualified parties. Six presidential candidates submitted a petition: Stewart Alexander, Socialist; Virgil Goode, Constitution; Gary Johnson, Libertarian; Jill Stein, Green; Rocky Anderson, independent; and Michael W. Hawkins, whose party label is “Together Enhancing America.” Hawkins also submitted a petition for himself as an independent presidential candidate. The Libertarian petition actually carries the name of Rex Green, who is a stand-in for Gary Johnson. Illinois law permits substitution. UPDATE: the first version of this post erroneously did not include Rocky Anderson.

The two petitions that have the largest number of signatures appear to be the Libertarian petition (approximately 48,000) and the Green petition (approximately 30,000). Any petition that is submitted is sufficient, if no one challenges. However, the legal requirement is 25,000. If a petition doesn’t have that many signatures, and is challenged, then of course that petition fails.

Illinois has the third earliest petition deadline (when the later methods for getting on the ballot are compared). Only Vermont and North Carolina are earlier.


  1. bruuno · · Reply

    Impressed the Alexander campaign was able to do it. Good for them. Does anyone know the first thing about this Michael Hawkins guy? Did an internet search and came up empty.

  2. Reed Ebarb · · Reply

    How was an unknown able to submit signitures?

  3. Reed Ebarb · · Reply

    I meant Signatures

  4. He could have just submitted his own, or a small handful. If he is not challenged he can be on the ballot.

  5. raymond · · Reply

    This is all I could find on Michael Hawkins. I hope you guys can find more than I did.

  6. upstartgreen · · Reply


    FROM: David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Leah Bolger, Bruce Gagnon, Chris Hedges, George Martin and Kevin Zeese

    Dear Friends in the Peace Movement,

    We can’t afford to let this opportunity slip by. By taking action over the next five days the peace community has a chance to inject a compelling and courageous peace advocate into the 2012 presidential campaign, to have a voice in the national debate over war, militarism, and military spending.

    You know what is going to happen if we leave this election up to the two major party candidates. President Obama will defend his troop surges, his excessive Pentagon budgets, his preparations for war with Iran, his escalation of the drone wars, his crackdowns on whistleblowers, his indefinite detention policy, and his new role as manager of the White House assassination list. Mitt Romney will not question these policies, but will promise to pursue them with even more enthusiasm. In debates and interviews, the American people will have the Big Lie drilled into their consciousness: that our nation must accept escalating military engagement and must visit worldwide violence against all who defy the U.S. government.

    Jill Stein stands ready to challenge the Big Lie. Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts, who has been a national board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, has just won 29 state primaries to secure the presidential nomination of the Green Party. She is putting some badly needed fundamentals for peace on the table:

    Cut the Pentagon budget by 50%. Halt the drone wars. Pardon the whistleblowers. Restore our civil liberties. Make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. She is driving home the point that the Obama/Romney fascination with war and violence is dangerous for our nation and the world. We need to make sure she is heard.

    Jill Stein is closing in on federal matching funds that would double the value of donations to her campaign. Because she doesn’t receive big checks from Pentagon contractors and their lobbyists, public funding is essential to her campaign. She needs to raise about $24,000 by midnight on June 30th so that she can apply for matching funds.

    That’s not much money to ask of a national peace movement. We can do it. And the payoff for peace will be tremendous.

    So we urge you do two things. First, go to Jill Stein’s website:, and make a generous donation to her campaign. Second, please forward this email to your friends and networks. Forwarding this message is critically important.

    Thank you for helping us open up a dialogue for peace.


    David Swanson, author of War is a Crime and also of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial President and Forming a More Perfect Union

    Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK

    Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and senior fellow at the Nation Institute

    Leah Bolger, retired naval commander and current president of Veterans for Peace

    George Martin, three term national co-chair of United for Peace & Justice

    Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

    Kevin Zeese, executive director of Voters for Peace

    * organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only

    PS. While all donations are valuable, Jill Stein especially needs donations from the following key states to help her reach the required $5000 per state threshold. If you know anyone in these states, please ask them to make a donation of up to $250: AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, ME, MI, MO, NC, NM, OH, OR, SC, TN and VA. Read all the nitty gritty details and updates here:

    Please take an immediate step by making a donation:

    Authorized and paid for by Jill Stein for President
    PO Box 260217, Madison, WI 53726-0217

  7. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #6, in my experience, the most effective way to raise money is by personal contact, either in-person or phone. Is the Green Party phoning individuals this week to make the June 30 deadline?

    I don’t think it is good for the Jill Stein campaign to say she has won 29 “primaries”. She means conventions or caucuses and it is never good policy to mislead or confuse people.

  8. upstartgreen · · Reply

    Yes Jill Stein is making personal calls. I received one. Her staff and folks like me( volunteer ]are also calling. I am posting here to reach outside Green Party circles. For instance Libertarians and Greens share fairly similar positions on Overseas wars and Marijuana legalization.

  9. Congrats to a super effort by Green Party in Illinois.

    Thanks for the post.

  10. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this information to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

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