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Early voting starts in Illinois primaries (list of contested primaries included)

Today early voting started in Illinois’ various primary elections.  Aside from the Democrats and Republicans, the Green Party is ballot qualified and will be having primaries for various seats.  This includes congressional candidate Matt Reichel, who got about seven percent of the vote as the party’s nominee in a special congressional election in 2009, and is currently running in a primary for the same seat against Andrew Williams and Terrence A. Gilhooly.  Reichel sent the following message to his supporters today:

As the old Chicago saying goes, “Vote Early and Often!”

You can now participate in early voting without an excuse, and we are encouraging you to get out there and cast your vote early so that you can spend the next few weeks convincing as many friends as possible to join you in taking the courageous step of asking for a “Green Ballot.”

Click here for early voting locations and hours.

We also need help organizing the last few weeks of phone banking, yard sign decoration and getting out the vote.

If you would like to help make calls or put up a yard sign, please respond to this message, or call 773-961-8257.

You can also attend this week’s organizing meeting, Wednesday, Jan 13th, at the Daily Bar and Grill, 4560 N. Lincoln Avenue.

If you can’t help with your time, we could also use one last financial push to cover the costs of our ambitious Get Out the Vote drive, which will include phone banking, newspaper ads, potential radio ads, and aggressive flyering. We want to see record numbers of Green primary ballots taken between now and February 2nd.

You can donate by clicking here and then clicking donate. Please consider donating $20, 50, 100 or even 200 today.

I thank you for your continued support and look forward to joining in celebration of victory on February 2nd.

Other contested Green primaries include (but are not limited to, since it is cumbersome to assemble and difficult to find a lot of local election information online) the following:


  1. The Last Conservative The Last Conservative January 12, 2010

    Some people may suspect that Green primary candidate Anthony Williams is “Catholic Trotskyist” because they have similar positions. However, this is not the case.

    I wonder if Simon Ribero has a better website than last time, when it was completely worthless.

  2. Dan Kairis Dan Kairis January 12, 2010

    Many people outside Illinois may not know of it’s election laws. (Most people IN Illinois don’t know them either) Established parties do not have control over who files petitions for elected offices under their banner. ANY legal registered voter can submit petitions for any office under any banner they choose. For instance, a few years ago, John Hagelin (of the Natural Law Party) ran under the Reform Party banner. Pat Buchanan ran as an independent. Pat Buchanan supporters then tried to sue the State Board of Elections to have Buchanan placed on the Reform Party ballot line after the Reform Party members (Buchananites took over the party) voted to have him as their nominee. The case was thrown out as Hagelin legally filed his petitions under the Reform Party nominee. Confusing? That’s what we have to deal with in this state. Those are the election laws we have to deal with every election. Hopefully, this helps everyone understand how things work here.

  3. LibertarianGirl LibertarianGirl January 12, 2010

    GOA dissed Richard Mack , not JPFO , for the record

  4. LibertarianGirl LibertarianGirl January 12, 2010

    and JPFO is 100 times more pro-gun than the GOA. I will always have a prob with them since they dissed Sheriff Mack , a long time ago. but thats another story

  5. Chris Bennett Chris Bennett January 12, 2010

    Anthony Williams is a political vagabond. He has ran as a Democrat, Republican and Libertarian, and now he is running as a Green. Williams is as pro-gun as Hitler. The GOA gave Williams an F on the gun issue and the GOA is 10 times more pro-gun than the NRA!

  6. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | January 11, 2010

    Oh, I see:

    am firm in my beliefs on pro-life, the 2nd Amendment, and the preservation of traditional family. Gay marriage and civil unions will destroy the fabric of any society.

    No political party is perfect. But we, as citizens, must intelligently make a choice in terms of who represents our best interest. We needs citizens who will stand firm as it relates to the critical issues of today.

    To the Green Party, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Conservatives to all voters in the State of Illinois and around the country, we need each other. When, you, the citizens of the 2nd district vote, don’t vote for political parties, vote on the person who will always do what is well and good for you and your family.

    Anthony W. Williams

    Let us remember, God, family, and country.

    Yeah. Other than that he seems pretty Green. I guess when you’re a credible political party you can’t be too exclusive of a club.

  7. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | January 11, 2010

    TRP, I don’t see what you’re talking about. Where are those things on his website?

  8. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution January 11, 2010

    Like this Anthony Williams, who has pro-guns, anti-abortion, and homophobic stances on the issues. Not saying that I support or oppose these, but I’m just saying that doesn’t sound like someone who would be in the Green Party.

  9. NewFederalist NewFederalist January 11, 2010

    Like in Virginia… you know, VAGINO’s.

  10. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | January 11, 2010

    What do you mean?

  11. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution January 11, 2010

    I have noticed that there is an increasing number of conservative Greens in this part of the country, or as I like to put it GINO’s (Greens in Name Only).

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