LOMBARD – The Dillard campaign put out a press release today demanding that Republican candidate Bruce Rauner stop his volunteers from soliciting signatures from voters at polling places for a term-limits amendment. The referendum project is one Rauner chairs and has invested considerable money in.
“This is unconscionable,” Dillard Campaign Manager Glenn Hodas said. “Rauner’s bending the rules, yet again, by stationing paid workers at the doorways of polling places, supposedly to collect signatures for his term limits referendum, but in reality promoting his candidacy.”
Technically, Rauner’s workers aren’t considered to be electioneering because they are supposed to be collecting signatures for a referendum. However, as Hodas points out, “it is a political committee Bruce is the Chairman of, and has contributed $250,000 to.” Hodas argues that “these are not disinterested workers at the polls.”
Election law prevents campaigns from having staff or volunteers stand within 100 feet of the entrance of a polling place on the day of an election. Hodas said Rauner is skirting the legal prohibition.