Hope for "Independent Maps" campaign may be fading
A local supporter of an effort to get an independent redrawing of state political maps said officials are going to have to take a good hard look about how to get better backing for the plan.
President of the League of Women Voters of Champaign County Barb Wysocki made the comments in reaction to an update on the "Yes for Independent Maps" campaign from Illinois State Board of Elections Chairman Jesse Smart. Smart told WJBC radio that the campaign won't have enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot, although an official ruling hasn't been handed down yet.
Wysocki, who's also a former chairperson of the Champaign County Board, was one of several people in the Champaign area to collect signature for the redistricting effort. She said she's disappointed in Wednesday's news.
Chairman Smart also told WJBC that for the most part, signatures were collected properly in Central Illinois. But errors were seen in signatures collected in the Chicago area, where the work was done in some cases by people not affiliated with the maps group.
Wysocki said getting outside help is a risky move.
The maps campaign was seeking to ask voters in November if they supported putting the map-making process in the hands of an independent commission to prevent bias towards one party. They needed around 300,000 signatures to get on the ballot. A spokesman for the maps campaign couldn't be reached for comment.