-By Warner Todd Huston
To run for office in the state of Illinois, the law requires that you include your home address on your filing paperwork. But Ron Paul’s filing listed his Springfield, Virginia campaign HQ instead of his home address. Does this leave Paul’s filing open to challenge? I’d say yes. (See Ill. State Board of Elections website)
Technically this is a breach of Illinois election law.
One might also say that Rick Perry’s filing also is unsatisfactory as he lists a PO box in Austin instead of his home address.
In any case, since no challenges were made to Perry and Paul’s filings, the GOP primary ballot will sport the names of Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Buddy Roemer, and Rick Santorum.
But the delegates situation is a whole ‘nuther barrel of fish.
Lynn Sweet reported that Santorum, for instance, did not have delegates filed for four counties leaving him without delegates there. He also filed too few signatures in many other counties. With this all being true, Santorum could have won the popular vote in Illinois and still not come up with enough delegates!