A Geneva Township electoral board has rejected the petition of a candidate who filed a petition to run for Geneva Township clerk, according to an article in the Daily Herald.
The electoral board made the decision at 4 p.m. Thursday during a hearing at the township office, 400 Wheeler Drive.
Geoffrey Carreiro submitted a petition with 162 signatures endorsing his candidacy for the position being vacated by longtime Township Clerk Barb Olson. That's just six more than the required 156, according to articles in the Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald.
His petition was challenged by Geneva Township Trustee Robert Kovacs, who said 19 of the signatures on the petition were invalid, either because the signers weren't registered voters in Geneva Township or because the names were printed in block lettering rather than cursive.
An electoral board consisting of three people determined that 10 of the signatures were not valid, according to the Daily Herald report. Five of the signatures were from voters who live in Blackberry Township and one was because the there was no registered voter at the address given.
A three member panel—made up of Olson, Geneva Township Superintendent Patrick Jaeger and Geneva attorney Tim O'Neil—had been appointed by a Kane County judge to oversee a hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday. But, ironically, the summons had a misprint—it read 10 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.
Jaeger called Carriero to tell him of the time change, but Carriero said he couldn't make the hearing because of prior business obligations, according to the Chronicle story. Carreiro is a financial services professional at New York Life.
Carreiro is the only candidate to file a peitition for the township clerk position.
Kovacs told the Daily Herald he challenged the petition so that the Township Board would have an opportunity to select a candidate rather than offer voters only one choice on the April 9 ballot.
Carreiro told the Daily Herald that he would seek the office as a write-in candidate.
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