A candidate's party label is the most important cue card that most voters employ.
- The issue is power.
- -revolves around who will make the decision.
Any citizen who meets the specified legal requirements can get on the ballot and run for public office.
In Illinois, a person gets on the ballot by submitting a petition.
Illinois person runs as Democrat, Republican, or Third Party.
In Illinois, you have to declare a party ballot.
Once petition is submitted and verified, the person's name is placed on the primary ballot.
- Order of the names on the ballot is determined by the time of filing petitions. Tie is broken by lottery.
- -Important because 1st, 2nd, and last get highest percentage of votes in primary contest
- -So ballot position is important.
Whoever gets more votes in the primary wins.
Party has no voice in choosing its nominee.
There are no limits on who can run for public office.