CHICAGO – Despite being listed as an active Republican Candidate for Illinois State Representative from the 34th District on the State Board of Election website, and page 19 of the Chicago Board of Elections' listing, Chicagoan Fatimah Macklin is upset that her name is missing on the CBOE's website sample ballot for the March 18th primary.
Macklin's calling on the Chicago Board of Elections to explain why her name is left off the Sample Ballot feature on the Board’s “Your Voter Information” website.
“The Chicago Board of Elections needs to look into this problem and correct it immediately,” said Macklin. “My campaign volunteers and I spent hundreds of hours collecting the necessary signatures to get on the ballot for the March 18th primary and I am deeply troubled to not find my name of the sample ballot for my area.”
Macklin discovered the problem with Sample Ballot 79 when she put her address into the board of elections “Your Voter Information” feature and selected the Republican Sample Ballot 79 on the Sample Ballots tab. Only her Repubican primary opponent Mark Ekhoff's name currently appears:
“My opponent had his nominating petitions challenged twice, but his name is the only one from the 34th District to appear on Republican Sample Ballot 79,” Macklin said. “I am calling on Executive Director Lance Gough to resolve this issue immediately and will also be alerting Commissioners Neal, Cowen and Hernandez of this problem. If immediate action to restore my name to the ballot is not taken, I will be escalating to the State Board of Elections,” Macklin said.
Two candidates are in the Republican primary for the 34th State House district - Macklin and Ekhoff. The March 18th winner will face Democrat incumbent State Rep. Elgie Sims in November.