David Earl Williams III, a write-in candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 9th district, filed for official write-in status with the Cook County Elections Board earlier today. Williams is affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Illinois, but due to Illinois’ restrictive ballot access laws, he is running as a write-in candidate (in Illinois, there are only three ballot qualified third party candidates for Congress -Green candidates Rob Sherman (5th district), Paula Bradshaw (12 district) and independent candidate David Gill (13 district). Williams will be attending and speaking to a meeting of the Libertarian Party of Chicago on September 6th, where he may ask the party members to support his campaign, and ATPR plans on covering the event.
Williams provided ATPR with images of the paperwork he filed with the government:
Williams told ATPR that he will receive an official letter certifying his write-in candidacy in a week or so. Williams’ former deputy campaign manager, Phil Collins, received 66 write-in votes in the same district in the 2014 general election after Williams narrowly lost the GOP primary; however, Williams is aiming to receive thousands of votes in his own write-in campaign this year. The former Ron Paul 2012 grassroots activist, U.S. Navy veteran and author of Valor Tale updated his campaign website with information on how to cast a write-in vote for his candidacy:
It’s Time To Vote (WRITE-IN) David Earl Williams III for Congress!
Voters can vote for a write-in candidate on a paper ballot or a touch screen.
On a paper ballot (See Example Below):
1. Write the name of the write-in candidate on the line provided in a particular race.
2. Mark the corresponding arrow
On a touch screen (See Example Below):
1. Press the “write-in” box at the bottom of the list of candidates.
2. A keyboard will appear.
3. Type a name using the letters on the keyboard and space key to separate the first and last name
4. When finished, press “OK.”
Early Voting and General Election Information
September 29 – The statutory beginning of the “Early Voting” period at the Cook County Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602
Early voting begins Monday, October 24th at sites across the district takes place Monday through Saturday between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM and lasts until November 7th. The General election is on November 8th.
You must bring a Photo ID in order to participate in voting early and for the General election.
Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:
- A current and valid photo identification
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Lease or contract for residence
- Student ID and mail addressed to voter’s residence
- Government document
Suburban voters must vote in suburban polling places and Chicago voters must vote in Chicago polling places, however you do not need to vote in your own town or ward.
Suburban Early Voting Locations
Wilmette – Centennial Park – 2300 Old Glenview Road
Des Plaines – City of Des Plaines – 1420 Miner St.
Evanston – Evanston Civic Center – 2100 Ridge Ave.
Glenview – Glenview Village Hall – 1225 Waukegan Road
Morton Grove – Morton Grove Village Hall – 6101 Capulina Ave.
Norridge – Norridge Village Hall – 4000 N. Olcott Ave.
Park Ridge – Park Ridge City Hall – 505 Butler Place Park Ridge
Skokie – Skokie Village Hall 5127 – Oakton St.
Skokie – Skokie Courthouse – 5600 W. Old Orchard Road
City of Chicago Early Voting Locations
40th Ward – Budlong Woods Library – 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.
41st Ward – Roden Library – 6083 N. Northwest Hwy.
44th Ward – Merlo Library – 644 W. Belmont Ave.
45th Ward – Edgebrook Library – 5331 W. Devon Ave.
46th Ward – Truman College – 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
48th Ward – Edgewater Library – 1210 W. Elmdale Ave.
49th Ward – Pottawattomie Park – 7340 N. Rogers Ave.
50th Ward – Warren Park – 6601 N. Western Ave
Grace Period Registration
Anybody who has not yet registered to vote must do so in person at the Skokie Courthouse (5600 W. Old Orchard Rd.) or at the Cook County building in Downtown Chicago (69 W. Washington)
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Registered voters can cast absentee ballots by mail or in person before Election Day.
Absentee voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot if you are unable to get to your polling place on Election Day or to cast your ballot during
Early Voting at a designated Early Voting site. Any registered suburban Cook County voter may apply for an absentee ballot. It is no longer necessary to provide a reason.
ATPR: David Earl Williams III is also considering seeking the Libertarian Party of Illinois’ nomination for a statewide office position in 2018.