Language for proposed Illinois ballot access bill revealed

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Language for proposed Illinois ballot access bill revealed

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation held a press conference yesterday at 1pm to introduce the language for a proposed ballot access bill. State representative Jim Watson (R-97, Jacksonville) has expressed interest in sponsoring the proposed bill.

If passed, the bill would open Illinois elections, improving democracy for Illinois voters, and saving Illinois residents millions of tax dollars.

You can find the proposed language on our website, as well as charts showing signature and filing fee requirements for statewide office in all 50 states, for both primary and general elections. A majority of states use filing fees for primary elections.

Christina Tobin, founder and chair of Free and Equal Elections Foundation, is scheduled to speak about the bill to the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee on January 14.


Free & Equal is non-partisan, non-profit public policy advocacy organization dedicated to election reform and improving ballot access laws in the United States.