Month: December 2012

Nominating Petition Deadline Moved to December 26, 2012

Governor Signs Legislation

By Richard Joseph

richard.joseph@mhtlaw.com

As you may have been aware, the deadline for filing Nominating Petitions for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election was December 24, 2012.  This was causing great consternation amongst local governmental entities since it would require the public body to stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve to accept petitions.

Effective December 3, 2012, Governor Quinn signed Senate Bill 3338/Public Act 97-1134 which moves the deadline for filing Nominating Petitions for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election from December 24, 2012 to December 26, 2012.

This change eliminates the need for public offices to stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  The last day for filing Nominating Petitions is now December 26, 2012.  Offices where petitions are to be filed must remain open until 5:00 p.m. on that day in order to receive candidate petitions for the Consolidated Election in April 2013.

We suggest that the municipality note this date on its website and post the new date at the municipal office.