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August 1, 2014, 5:35 pm
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Coroner Candidate Says Law That Could Derail Campaign Was Hurriedly Approved ''Ex Post Facto''


With her candidacy in danger from a new state law, the prospective Democratic candidate for Sangamon County coroner says she’s the victim of an “ex post facto” rule that was rushed into effect. 

 

Published reports say Rachel Ralston may be ineligible to appear on the fall ballot as a Democrat… because she voted in the Republican primary in March.  Shortly after that vote, a bill which had been stalled in committee for months was quickly passed and signed into law, prohibiting a candidate who voted in one party’s primary from representing a different party in the general election. 

 

Ralston says she voted in the Republican primary because there was not a full slate of Democratic candidates, and she wanted to have a voice in the primary.  She says when she cast that vote, the new law had not been passed… and she had not yet been approached about running for coroner.

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