Reapportionment Constitutional Convention Petition

Circulators of the petition to change the way the Illinois General Assembly is apportioned are complaining that they are not getting a fair deal from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The Chicago Tribune editorial yesterday points to radically desperate results when signature samples were examined by Board employees.

Reapportionment Edit Trib 6-17-14Libertarian Party petitions underwent an examination in 2002 when I was on the ticket running for Govenror.

It wasn’t the same procedure, but those familiar with the percentage of legitimate signatures gathered in various parts of the state told me that those circulated in Chicago were lucky to have 50% pass muster.

Petitions from the suburbs and Downstate were much more likely to be legitimate.

So, the finding that one examiner found 17% legit, while another certified 87% is not in and of itself troubling.

46% of the signatures were found to be acceptable.

Because the circulating group, Yes for Independence, did not get well over twice as many signatures as needed is the problem.

The group had lots of money, but not lots of political smarts.

Locally members of the McHenry County League of Women Voters were observed gathering signatures.

The last time a constitutional amendment was put forth Republican Precinct Committeemen were requested to pass petitions.  Not enough signatures were gathered, but GOP Committeemen were apparently not asked to assist in the petitioning effort.

Was that because the organizers thought involving Republicans would “dirty” their campaign for good government?

Beats me, but it was certainly a misstep that, if not taken, might have resulted in enough additional signatures that the Tribune would not have felt compelled to write an editorial entitled,

Cheating voters

The State Board of Elections appears hellbent on disenfranchising disgusted Illinois citizens


Reapportionment Constitutional Convention Petition — 1 Comment

  1. Here are contents of a broadcast email from a June 17, 2014 email sent by Yes for Independent maps summarizing their meeting with the Board of Elections on Tuesday June 17, 2014.

    – The Board of Elections voted 5-3 in our favor to accept the evidence we presented before the June 6th deadline.

    – However, in a clarification after the Board voted (and after we all had left), the Board “clarified” their initial ruling.

    – Our motion asked the Board to accept all the evidence we had requested before the deadline.

    – Their clarification declared they would only accept evidence that we had in the boxes we showed today at the meeting.

    – We are working with our lawyers to determine what exactly this clarification means to our case.

    – Subsequently, we must organize all the new boxes (by page and line number) at the State Board of Elections offices in the Thompson Center.

    – This organization must be done throughout this week.

    – So, I need 10 to 12 volunteers to take 4 hour shifts (9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm) to come to the Board of Elections in the next 2 to 3 days to help us organize these boxes.

    – If you can do this, please let me know asap

    Scott Siebel
    Field Director
    Yes for Independent Maps

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