Libertarian Candidate petitions ruled invalid

By Denise Jackson

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM CDT

PEORIA,Ill -- A libertarian candidate with his eye on the 92nd district seat will not be on the ballot in the November general election.

The Peoria County Officers Electoral Board has ruled that more than 1,100 signatures gathered by three volunteers for Libertarian Candidate Chad Grimm are not valid. That's because the volunteers did similar work for candidates in the Democratic party during this election season which violates state law.

"The law is the law and I take full responsibility for that as the candidate. But what is then the process of verifying the validity of what you are told by a citizen?" Grimm said.

"I think it's difficult obviously for an independent party candidate not have a circulator who has previously voted or participated in either of the main political parties. But the law imposes that obligation on the candidate," said Attorney Tim Howard.

Chad Grimm says he does not plan to appeal the decision, but will see what his options are for continuing his campaign.

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