SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Elections has overruled Patrick Mullens' objections to 8th CD Republican candidate Manju Goel's petitions. In their decision, the board may have set a precedent of allowing notary publics to use signature stamps rather than personally sign election petitions, which is the rule.
137 of Goel's 175 petition sheets were notarized as shown below, with notary public Amitash V W Mittal using a stamp rather than a personal signature. If Election Board judges had sustained Mullen's notary stamp objection, each petition sheet on which the stamp was used would be disqualified, and likely to have thrown Goel off the March 18th 2014 primary ballot.
Mittal argued that he personally filled in the other blanks on the sheets, and used stamps only for the offical seal and for his legal signature, thus he personally affirmed the circulator's presence.
Goel, who lives in Aurora, is being opposed by military veteran Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville.