Update: Electoral Board Removes Geneva Township Clerk Candidate From Ballot

Reports: A township electoral board denies Geoffrey Carreiro a shot at the April 9 ballot after his petition is challenged by a Township Board member.

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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Kurt Wehrmeister January 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Our late friend Allen Mead was arguing 30 years ago that the concept of Geneva Township government had become redundant, wasteful and -- with the possible exception of the Assessor's function -- thoroughly unnecessary. But, government entities, once established, seem as evolutionarily durable and resilient as cockroaches. As Jeff Ward said today, kudos to Kovacs -- presuming he's been accurately quoted -- for at least being honest and upfront in his corruption.
Kurt Wehrmeister January 11, 2013 at 05:35 PM
If my arithmetic is right from Rick's account above, five signatures are legitimately invalid because they're Blackberry Twp residents, and a sixth didn't live at the address given. Fine; six signatures tossed. 162 - 6 = 156 . . . the sufficient number of signatures. So there were four more signatures ruled invalid because they affixed their names in block letters, not cursive? Really? I've known numerous people whose signatures are in some form of block lettering. There is, really and truly, case law that would back the tossing of such signatures, Mr. O'Neil? This whole thing smells worse than a dumpster in July.
Kurt Wehrmeister January 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM
"Signatures" are a highly capricious thing. Indeed, our new Treasury Secretary designate has a signature for "Jack Lew" that looks like the loopy-loops of a three-year-old preschooler. And that signature will soon be on every piece of legal tender in the land.
Linda Mitchell January 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM
You are correct Kurt, signatures are often put in print rather than cursive and many people choose to use that as their formal signature. This is rarely an actionable reason to remove someone as an authentic signature on petitions by the State or County in cases of challenges. I wish this gentleman good luck in his write in campaign.
John R January 12, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I find this whole affair very dissappointing. I will probably be at the next meeting and will make a three minute (the limit) comment. I will also be calling Geoffrey Carreiro to offer any assistance with his write in campaign. I encourage anyone else that finds this unsettling to do the same. I also encourage the Patch or any other news outlet to attend a meeting or two. This Board appears to be operating with impunity. From what I obsearved, at the two Township meetings I attended, Robert Kovacs is a bit of an interesting character to say the least. He made serveral weird and off color comments that made everyone in that room uncomfortable. I sort of let it slid because in general the board seems to do a pretty good job. They pay a couple bills late but Trustee Connolly seems to have an idea to get on track with the payments. Maybe some consideration should be given to circulating a recall petition for Kovacs seat. The move he made to get Carreiro off the ballot is very questionable. When I left that meeting in December I wished them all a Merry Xmas and told them they were doing good. Now I'm eating my words because it appears they are involved in some very questionable tactics. John Rice


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