The leaders of the Independent Map Amendment movement want the Illinois Supreme Court to take another look at their initiative.
The Independent Map Amendment was struck down as unconstitutional by Democrats on the state's highest court last week. Now, the organizers behind the ballot initiative want the state's highest court to reexamine the measure in hopes that one of the previously opposed justices would have a change of heart.
Independent Maps Chairman Dennis FitzSimons said the amendment is in line with the state's Constitution. "The delegates (of the 1970 Constitutional Convention) agreed on redistricting as a critical area that citizens should have the ability to change," FitzSimons said.
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Independent Maps spokesman Dave Mellet said the court's majority opinion was inconsistent.
"The court said that you couldn't give these powers to the auditor general because it would alter the auditor general's part of the Constitution," Mellet said. "But they also said that you could involve people outside the legislature."
FitzSimons said the state's lack of competition is harmful to Illinois' voters.
"There's a deep cynicism among the electorate," FitzSimons said. "The state has significant issues. We all know that. But people go to the polls, and they only have one candidate to vote for."
The ballot question would allow voters to require a transparent, impartial process of drawing legislative maps devoid of political influence. Four of the seven justices would have to vote to rehear the case.
More than 563,000 Illinois voters signed petitions for the Independent Map Amendment.