Dr. David Gill, Independent U.S. House candidate filed a federal lawsuit yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Illinois seeking to restore his place on the ballot for this November’s general election. Dr. Gill and six co-plaintiffs are asking the court to rule that the Illinois Demand of nearly 11,000 signatures to place Gill on the ballot is unconstitutional.
Dr. Gill filed his nomination papers, including over 11,000 signatures of presumed Illinois registered voters on June 27th. Objections to Gill’s petition were subsequently filed by both Democratic candidate Mark Wicklund, and a representative of U.S. Representative Rodney Davis. On July 18th the Illinois State board of Elections issued a report declaring that roughly 8,500 of the signatures collected by Gill were valid, meaning that he didn’t reach the required amount and recommended the removal of his name from the ballot in November.
Dr. Gill ran previously for Congress as a Democrat three times during the first decade of the century. He ran as a Democrat in 2012 and lost to Representative Rodney Davis 46.5 percent to 46.2 percent in the second closest U.S. House race in the country that year.