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Court Says State Must Use Disputed Ballot

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A state appeals court says election officials must use a ballot asking voters if they want a constitutional convention, despite language that critics call false and misleading.

The three-judge panel of the Illinois Appellate Court handed down its two-sentence order Thursday morning without explaining its decision. The order says an explanation will follow.

Critics complain the ballot falsely tells voters that not voting is the same as voting "no" and unfairly tells voters that 75 percent of voters previously turned down a call for a constitutional convention.

But attorneys for Cook County Clerk David Orr argued it was too late to create a fresh ballot.

Circuit Judge Nathaniel Howse has ordered election officials to provide voters at the polls with a notice correcting the language.