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Elections Mon Sep 20 2010

Burris Off Special Election Ballot

This is a little complicated but stay with me. So in the upcoming Nov. 2nd election there is going to be two sets of names on the ballot for Senator Roland Burris's seat. One for the regular six year term and one to finish up the last two months of Burris's term. A good writeup of the background of all this can be found here.

The latest news is that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer shot down Burris's request to be put on the ballot in the special election to finish his term meaning that in the next six months Illinois could have as many as three senators occupying the same senate seat. It also means that any of the regular candidates (Giannoulias, Kirk) could become senators earlier than January 2011.

On Monday the Daily Herald published a Q & A with Senator Burris and from the title and some of the quotes, it's hard to believe Burris didn't see Breyer's ruling coming.
If you're interested, below the fold is the one-page ruling barring Burris from the ballot.

Burris Order 9-20-10

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