Corbett hearing held

Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett announces he is appealing to stay on the ballot for Governor on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- During the hearing, Corbett's attorney said the goal of democracy was to promise access to people who want to be in the arena.

His attorney also told the judge they want electors voting to decide who should move on. The attorney then asked for a liberal interpretation to allow signatures crossed out early to count.

During the hearing, the attorney opposing Corbett's request said it was too late for Corbett to add signatures.

Last week, the election panel allowed 3,997 of Corbett's signatures, but he needed 4,005 to qualify.

The hearing concluded around 1:30 p.m. and the judge will rule on the case later.
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Corbett hired a law firm from Sioux City to represent him in court.

Attorney General Tom Miller was on the panel that rejected Corbett's signatures and will be represented by a Des Moines law firm.

A decision regarding the hearing is not expected today.
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A court hearing for former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett will begin at 11:45 a.m. April 3.

Last week, a state elections panel voted to reject Corbett's petition in a 2-1 vote.

The panel found Corbett's petition was eight signatures short of the 4,005 required.

After the vote, Corbett filed a lawsuit in Polk County court to challenge the state elections panel.

The lawsuit filed asks a judge to certify his ballot nomination.