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Imagine Illinois with Fair Maps that Take Politicians Out of the Game

You can help make elections more fair and honest in Illinois. Please reach out to us on our website before March 31st: independentmaps.org

http://independentmaps.org/
http://independentmaps.org/

Illinois has a problem that has been occurring in the decades since the adoption of the 1970 state constitution.  It’s called Gerrymandering and we can stop it.

Gerrymandering is when a political party gains an advantage during an election by manipulating the borders of voting districts. The goal is to maximize the effect of supporters' votes and minimize the effect of opponents' votes in order to gain or maintain power (in Illinois’s General Assembly).

Changing these borders is like moving the finish line in the middle of a race.

Political leaders own redistricting — the process of drawing legislative maps. Behind closed doors, they rig the district boundaries to control who will be elected, leaving voters without a voice. These same politicians choose their voters, instead of the people deciding who will represent them. Legislators have little reason to listen to the needs of Illinois residents, because there’s no way for voters to hold them accountable.  In 2012, Illinois House incumbents won 97 percent of their general election races; two-thirds of them did not even face a challenger.

Our proposed constitutional amendment would take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and give the power back to the people. This amendment brings independence to a broken, unfair, and secret process that gives politicians too much control.  We need to put the voters back in charge and our proposed system is transparent, nonpartisan and independent from the legislature.

Right now we are working to collect the signatures necessary to place the amendment on the November 2014 ballot. Petitioning will continue through April 17, 2014 and then Illinoisans will be able to vote for real change in state government on Nov. 4, 2014. 

Do you want to get involved?

Please reach out to us on our website: http://independentmaps.org/

“How drawing jagged lines can impact an election” TED presentation
http://goo.gl/Q5Fr7K

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Tony Pedretti March 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM
We have a couple thousand people helping make this a reality and giving voters a choice this November. Now in the last 3 weeks of petitioning we need all the help we can get to ensure we can resist any challenge once the State has validated we have the necessary signatures and passed a final judicial review.
Southeast Side March 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Make this nation-wide and I would heartily support it, but giving more seats to Republicans in the name of "fairness" will not fly when Democrat got 2 MILLION more votes for the US House but ended up with 34 fewer seats. Get some Red States on board and then we can follow. But unilateral disarmament is stupid.
Tony Pedretti March 25, 2014 at 04:31 PM
There is *no* giving nor favortism to any party in this initative. You can confirm by reading the amendment available on the website. Click on the Our Amendment graphic on the bottom-right of the page to view it. http://independentmaps.org
Tony Pedretti March 25, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Neither the amendment nor the Independent Redistricting Commission it creates changes how voters in a given area favor a party. The point of the amendment is our vote and its effect are not tainted.
Tony Pedretti March 25, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Reboot Illinois touches on related topics in an article 'Redistricting and democracy: a fight for fairness and representation' here... http://politics.rebootillinois.com/2014/02/27/editors-picks/tara-garcia-mathewson/redistricting-democracy-fight-fairness-representation/892/

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