Bush's Name a Step Closer to Appearing on Illinois Ballot

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President Bush could be included on Illinois ballots this fall even though he won't be formally nominated until after the state deadline.

Under Illinois law, the State Board of Elections must place candidates on the ballot by August 27, but the Republican Party won't officially choose a presidential candidate until September 3.

The state Senate Executive Committee unanimously approved a one-time exception so Bush can be included for the general election. The bill moves to the full Senate.

Several states have passed similar laws to correct the problem. Similar legislation failed last year when Democrats tried to link it to forgiving election fines against some politicians.