Going forward a challenged candidate would be wise to subpoena all petition signers whose signatures are questioned (a burdensome task for the entire election system) instead of relying on obtaining sworn affidavits.
I was astounded at Anna's Rule 8 hearing last week.
The hearing officer’s process assumed that the affidavits brought in to rehabilitate invalidated signatures were phony. (Which assumes the affidavit signers were all perjurers.) So the signature on each of the affidavits were studied and judged NOT BY AN EXPERT HANDWRITING ANALYST but by the hearing officer and the attorney for the challenger.
This system needs overhauling so badly. It’s the soft side of corruption in Illinois, a system designed by and for those in control. Before the year is through and another cycle of elections begins I promise to provide some useful insight on getting on and staying on the ballot.