Fioretti Criticizes Ballot Regulations

Jim Gudas
December 28, 2018 - 11:54 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After three of his opponents were removed from the ballot because of issues with voter signatures on petitions, one candidate for Chicago mayor said it's time to reduce the number of valid signatures needed. 

Former Ald. Bob Fioretti said requiring 12,500 valid voter signatures to get on the ballot for Chicago mayor is far too high of a threshold. Fioretti also claims other cities require far fewer signatures for mayoral candidates to get on the ballot, including New York.

Fioretti says the number required in Chicago should be reduced to 3,000.

He called the 12,5000 requirement is meant to "keep people off the ballot."

"It is a way to protect the incuments," Fioretti said. "It's the same people passing signatures out, petition-passers and saem challengers."

He said it's a racket that is rotten with corruption and it's only in favor of the people already in power, or those aiming to stay in power.

"This whole system invites corruption and it is not suited for democracy," Fioretti said.