Ill. Grants Bush Pass on Presidential Ballot Deadline

Illinois lawmakers agreed Monday to grant President Bush an exception from the usual deadline for placing candidates' names on the Nov. 2 election ballot.

State law requires the ballot to be completed 67 days before the election.

But the Republican Party is holding its national convention unusually late this year — it starts Aug. 30 — and Bush won't be officially nominated until 61 days before voters head to the polls.

Democrats and Republicans have been wrangling for weeks over granting an exception so Bush's name can appear on ballots this fall. Democrats originally tried to link the issue to some changes they wanted in state election law.

The House voted 108-0 Monday for a bill limited just to the Bush deadline issue. There was no debate.

The measure passed the Senate earlier and now goes to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who has said he will sign it into law.