Illinois State Court Puts Candidates on Ballot; Election Board Had Rejected Them Because they Used Paper Clips Instead of a Staple

On September 6, an Illinois state court put three candidates on the ballot in Jackson County, Illinois. The Jackson County Election Board had kept them off the ballot because their nomination documents had been fastened together with a paper clip. The Board said they should have used staples, but the judge disagreed. See this story. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.


  1. Seriously? This is what election laws have come to in this country? Paperclips? Font-size? What’s next? Not using regulation paper?

  2. Actually, when Ken Blackwell was Secretary of State in Ohio, he instructed election officials to reject some voter registration cards because the paper was too thin.

  3. Jed Siple · · Reply


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