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Illinois Ballot Survives Appeals Test

CHICAGO (CN) - Illinois must use a disputed ballot after an appeals court upheld a decision that a new ballot would be impractical this close to an election. The Chicago Bar Association claimed a section on the ballot pertaining to a constitutional convention is unfair and misleading.

The Bar Association sought to have the section scratched and replaced with a separate paper ballot. The Illinois Appellate Court upheld the denial of the request in a two-sentence order. It did not explain its reasoning but said an opinion would come later.

Cook County Circuit Judge Nathaniel Howse ruled this month that the ballot language was false and misleading. He ordered election officials to prepare a corrective notice to hand to voters in polling places. Steven F. Pflaum, who argued the case for the Bar Association, told The Associated Press that the association is waiting for the opinion before deciding whether to pursue the matter in the Supreme Court. He said any ruling in the Supreme Court would not affect the Nov. 4 election, but could prevent problems

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