Redistricting Effort Gives Up

Jun 27, 2014

Yes! For Independent Maps collected 27 feet's worth of signatures to have its redistricting question appear on the November ballot, but that effort is stalled this year now that a judge declared it unconstitutional.
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An effort to change how legislative districts are drawn has suspended its efforts. It follows a judge Friday ruling that the proposal is unconstitutional.

"Yes! For Independent Maps," as the redistricting coalition calls itself, is not done for good.

Spokesman Jim Bray says the group will stay together in hopes of maybe trying again in the future. But he says it's done this year's efforts.

"As this one was written it would not impact redistricting until after the 2020 Census, so there are a couple more election cycles were a campaign could be mounted to again put a constitutional amendment on the ballot," he said.

The decision was made on the heels of the Cook County judge’s ruling. But it also comes as the effort was facing an uphill battle with the state board of elections.

Although organizers say they turned in more than a half million voter signatures, the elections board found too many of them were invalid, disqualifying the citizens' initiative from the ballot.

The campaign had raised more than $3 million dollars; Bray says it has all been spent.

The plan would have allowed an independent commission to determine legislative boundaries, instead of letting lawmakers do it themselves.