3/26/2015: 2015/2016 REDISTRICTING REFORM/FAIR MAP AMENDMENT UPDATES
LWVGP is heavily involved in the efforts to get the Redistricting Amendment on the Nov. 2016 ballot.Our president, Cheryl Budzinski, highly recommends this web site.
2014 REDISTRICTING REFORM/FAIR MAP AMENDMENT UPDATES
Redistricting Report for LWVIL Issues Committee October 17, 2014 Paula Lawson, Issue SpecialistRepresentatives from the groups that worked on the Yes for Independent Maps Campaign have had two meetings to evaluate the redistricting ballot initiative effort and to talk about next steps. At the meeting on October 10, 2014 six people were designated to work as a committee to develop a structure for running another campaign. Mary Schaafsma, LWVIL Executive Director, was designated to be on that committee.
A Redistricting Education Task Force facilitated by CHANGE Illinois will continue to invite feedback on the Yes for Independent Maps Campaign and educate the public about redistricting.
What can League members do?
LWVGP members had another great month in January! We, along with the League in Champaign, are leading the state for signatures turned in! We continue to coordinate Central IL volunteers to secure the signatures needed by April 1 to get redistricting reform on the November 2014 ballot as a constitutional amendment.
In January we:
February 1, 2014: Volunteers Needed for Redistricting Activities
We only have a couple of months left to meet the requirement of submitting 298,299 valid signatures to get redistricting reform on the November ballot. Please contact Jean Sanger, redistricting volunteer coordinator, at 309-682-2614 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer. We have volunteer opportunities that include sitting at table, standing inside at entrances, and standing/walking outside (if weather permits). Time slots will come up for both daytime and evening hours, and all days of the week.
Mark your calendars for standing/walking outside opportunities for the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17 and two weekends of the IHSA basketball tournament (March 13-15 & March 20-22).
We also are scheduling time slots for inside sitting and standing activities at local businesses and senior living facilities.
We hope that you can help us! Please let Jean know when you are available.
Tips to Collect Signatures for Redistricting
The League has, at its core, the value of promoting an open governmental system that is representative, accountable, and responsive. And the League has instantaneous, absolute credibility when it comes to making democracy work. So we are the ideal group to collect signatures for redistricting reform in IL.
We are asking each League member to collect at least 100 signatures on the petitions to get this critical reform on the ballot in November 2014. If every IL League member collected 100 signatures, the Yes for Independent Maps campaign would reach the number needed to get on the ballot.
So, request petitions from either indepdendentmaps.org or contacting Pat Landes (309-648-3504 or email@example.com), and then use the following tips to collect signatures. Completed, notarized petitions can be turned in by April 1 to:
Neighbors - bldg Friends Relatives
A busy week coming up (the week of 11/18/13):
What happened in October?
October was a good month on our efforts to secure signatures to place redistricting reform on the November 2014 ballot as a constitutional amendment:
The holidays are coming up and provide wonderful opportunities for progress on this key reform. As you plan your Thanksgiving activities, remember to be thankful for this unique opportunity to improve government in our state. Take petitions to your family/friend events and get signatures. Also distribute petitions to others and ask them to get them signed and put the voter back in charge in IL. Look forward for Thanksgiving 2014 when we will be able to celebrate the passage of this amendment to improve our state's future.
You can get petitions by going to independentmaps.org, Click on Get Involved, and mark the box for petitions. They will mail you petitions with directions. After completing the petitions and getting them notarized, you can mail them back to Yes for Independent Maps.
Your other option is to call either Cheryl Budzinski 309-253-9594 or Pat Landes 309-648-3504. They both have supplies of petitions to get to you and can also notarize your signatures.
And finally, you can volunteer to staff tables that we are arranging at various stores and events. Just contact Jean Sanger at 309-682-2614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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