Illinois Election Law: Residency Requirements for Judicial Candidates

Posted: August 5th, 2011

In some Illinois jurisdictions, judges are elected in subcircuits. Must a candidate in a judicial subcircuit election reside within the subcircuit? The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that candidates for election as a Corcuit Court judge in a subcircuit must reside in that geographic area at the time he or she submits nominating petitions to the board of elections. So, not only must the candidate reside within the subcircuit in which he/she seeks election, the candidate must also reside within that area when his/her nominating papers are filed with the election authorities. See Goodman v Ward, decided on 3/24/11.

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