New Petition Drive Launched to Change Process Used to Draw State Legislative Maps

The process used to draw maps for members of the Illinois House and Senate is credited by many observers with a key role in the outcome of legislative elections. Mapmaker can predict voting patterns and draw “safe” districts for incumbent lawmakers of either political party.

On Tuesday, April 28, a bipartisan Illinois remap coalition announced the launching of a petition drive to change the process under which Illinois legislative-district maps are drawn. Supporters say the proposed amendment could get on the ballot in a future Illinois election if 290,216 Illinois voters sign a petition to request that the question be placed on the ballot.

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