Eight Democratic Will County Board candidates were removed from the November election ballot Tuesday, thanks to a 2-1 decision from the Will County Electoral Board.
Will County Democrats Chairman Scott Pyles said several objections were filed against Democratic candidates, alleging that precinct committeemen weren’t given adequate notice of meetings at which ballot vacancies were filled.
“[The electoral board’s] decision is contrary to the evidence presented at the hearing,” Pyles said of Tuesday’s events.
“There’s not going to be any choices for voters on election day if the decision stands,” Pyles added, saying he plans to file appeals. “I’m hoping to have them on file by the end of the day,” Pyles said Wednesday.
Candidates who were removed include Democrats Reed Bible and Irene Garcia-Wittke.
“I don’t really want to speak for [the candidates. I think that people are disappointed in the electoral board’s decision and eager to be vindicated,” Pyles said.
Will County Republicans Chairman Ed Ronkowski could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.
“I would love to keep them all on the ballot, but the law doesn’t allow me to,” Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots told the Herald-News. Voots and Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Tatroe voted to boot the candidates from the ballot, while Will County Circuit Clerk Pam McGuire, a Democrat who is also seeking reelection in November, voted against removing them.