Cook County Clerk David Orr announced that candidates planning to run in the March 21, 2006 primary election can start circulating nominating petitions on Sept. 20.
Offices up for election in 2006 include: all U.S. representatives; governor; lieutenant governor; attorney general; secretary of state; comptroller; state treasurer; some state senators; all state representatives; Cook County Board president; all county commissioners; county clerk; county treasurer; county sheriff; board of review commissioners (1st and 2nd districts); and three Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioners.
Party nominees who win the primary races will advance to the Nov. 7, 2006, general election.
Also, voters will elect Democratic and Republican township committeemen at the March primary.
“People who want to make a difference in their community, whether on a local or state level, can do so by serving as an elected official,” Orr said.
Under state law, all candidates must gather signatures from registered voters before their names can appear on the ballot. The number of signatures depends on which office the candidate is seeking. Prospective candidates can download and print petition forms from the Illinois State Board of Elections web site – elections.state.il.us.
Prospective candidates for the primary must file their nomination papers between December 12 and December 19. The deadline to file objections to a candidacy or nominating petitions is December 27.
Orr recommended that all candidates consult with an attorney when preparing their nomination papers.
“Prospective candidates should understand that there are important requirements that must be followed, particularly gathering enough valid signatures and correctly submitting the proper paperwork,” Orr said. “Otherwise they run the risk of being thrown off the ballot.”
For more information, including filing deadlines and signature requirements, visit the election calendar link posted on the Cook County Clerk’s web site at voterinfonet.com.