* From a Thursday Tribune editorial…
State election officials say the campaign to change how Illinois draws its legislative maps came up way short of the signatures needed to get its measure on the November ballot. Yes for Independent Maps says it can prove otherwise.
It’s a steep hill to climb. Why is the State Board of Elections determined to block the path?
Could it be because this is a campaign to take power from the politicians and give it to the people?
The conspiracy, according to the Tribune, revolves around a hearing officer’s ruling to extend a deadline for the proponents to come up with the evidence to challenge the tossed out signatures. Instead of extending the deadline a week, as the hearing officer ruled, the state board voted to extend it by only a single day. The Trib is outraged…
Campaign workers are scrambling to “rehabilitate” many of the rejected signatures. To do so, they have to get certified copies of voter registration documents from 70 local elections offices. They have to visit individual voters and obtain affidavits swearing that yes, that’s their signature.
It’s difficult, time-intensive work. […]
The board needs to extend the deadline. The people of Illinois deserve that much.
* But in a fundraising appeal today, the Yes for Independent Maps Coalition claims to have gathered all the evidence it needs…
We’re about to deliver evidence to the Illinois State Board of Elections, showing what you’ve known all along: That our bipartisan coalition collected enough signatures to earn a place on the ballot. Can you help us keep the momentum going by contributing $25 today?
The last few weeks of deadline fiascoes and political grandstanding have only confirmed our suspicions that those in power don’t want to see reform come to Illinois. That’s too bad, because the more than 500,000 people who signed our petition think otherwise.
Time and again, the doubters and cynics have written us off. But instead of wringing our hands, we’re fighting to build a better Illinois. Keep us on this path by contributing $25 right now!