The Board of State Canvassers today certified the petitions filed by the Working Class Party, giving it ballot status for the November 8, 2016 election. The organizers of the new party turned in over 50,000 signatures, almost 39,000 of which were estimated valid, quite a lot more than the 31,566 required.
More than 50,000 people signed petitions to put the Working Class Party on the ballot in Michigan, significantly more than the 31,566 required. Their signatures were turned in to the Bureau of Elections on Tuesday, July 12.
Six hundred and two people cast their vote for Ed Hershey in the election for alderman of the 25th ward in Chicago, 8.23% of those who voted.
Teachers at two charter school networks in Chicago have been collecting signatures to demand recognition for their union, ChiACTS (AFT4343). Five schools are involved, three at Urban Prep and two at North Lawndale College Prep. Significantly more than half the teachers at these two charters have signed cards, indicating that ChiACTS already has enough to be recognized as the representative of the teachers involved – if the two charter companies were ready to recognize the teachers' democratic rights.