Even the smallest of mistakes, like putting the wrong date or forgetting a paper clip, can have a candidate thrown off the ballot.
There have been several incidents so far this election season where candidates have objected to the petitions of other candidates for the April ballot. The tactic could be seen as a simple way of eliminating competition.
Although some are frustrated with the tactics, Rockford College's Bob Evans says the rules still need to be followed.
"The sanctity of the ballot is just a crucial part of making a democracy work," he says.
Evans has noticed a decrease in the number of petitions and advises candidates to focus on presenting more than the bare minimum to gain support.
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