East St. Louis sends new ballots after mayor’s name removed

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — New ballots are being sent to absentee voters in East St. Louis after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled the mayor’s name cannot be on the ballot.
The court ruled unanimously Monday that Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. didn’t have enough valid petition signatures from registered voters. Parks turned in 35 more signatures than the minimum requirement of 136 signatures, but election officials found only 123 signatures he submitted were valid. Kandrise Mosby, director of the city’s election board, tells the Belleville News-Democrat that more than 3,000 new ballots need to be sent out. Votes sent in on old ballots will count, unless they’re votes for Parks. Parks is now mounting a write-in campaign for the April 7 election. The legal challenge was brought by another candidate, Emeka Jackson-Hicks.