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By the League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area
Make A Difference! Join with business, civic, and political leaders along with your neighbors in supporting a petition drive to change the redistricting process. Recently the City of Lake Forest passed a resolution encouraging voters to learn about the redistricting efforts by the coalition group Yes! For Independent Maps.
The current process has led to one political party having control of drawing all of Illinois’s legislative districts, enabling it to gerrymander districts in its favor, and consolidating power in these safe, incumbent-protected districts for 10 years. In these safe districts, politicians rarely have to worry about a credible challenger or seek support from voters of different parties.
We need to change that. All over the state, Yes! For Independent Maps volunteers are asking registered voters to sign a petition to place the “Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment” on the November Ballot. This constitutional amendment would create an independent redistricting commission designed to provide an unbiased and apolitical approach. California, Arizona, and Florida are some of the states already creating independent commissions. Independent redistricting will make elected leaders more accountable and put voters back in charge.
The League of Women Voters is part of the Yes! For Independent Maps coalition and members have petitions available for signing. If you would like to make arrangements to sign a petition, please email email@example.com or call Mary at 847-295-1494.
Members have been gathering signatures in Lake Bluff, Crystal Point, Lake Forest Place, Dickinson Hall, and individual homes.
For more information about the Yes! For Independent Maps campaign and a list of some of the supporters, go to http://independentmaps.org . You can view the City’s resolution and related information on its website http://www.cityoflakeforest.com/city-council-passes-yes-for-independent-maps-resolution/.