HCA 39
Background and Procedural Information

On February 15, 2008 Suzanne Bassi introduced Illinois House Constitutional Amendment 39 (IL H.C.A. 39).  As of June 4, 2008 it has not moved to committee.  

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Yes.  Under the proposed amendment single-member districts are required.

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

The computer program would be required to not use political affiliation of voters, previous election results, and “Demographic information not required to be used by this section or by the United States Constitutional or federal law.”

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Illinois Board of Elections will designate a computer program to redistrict the each body of the Illinois legislature by April 15 of years ending in one.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No.  There are five criteria that the computer program may use, but crafting competitive districts is not one of the criteria.

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

No.  Members of the public may not submit a proposed computer program to the Board of Elections or the Legislature.

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No.  The program may only be used in years ending in one.  
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Sacramento Bee

FairVote's Rob Richie argues in commentary running in several newspapers that redistricting reformers must challenge winner-take-all elections.

November 16th 2005
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November 15th 2005
Citizens Must Drive Electoral Reform
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Heather Gerken of Harvard Law suggests a citizens assembly as one means to achieve redistricting reform and buy-in from voters.

November 13th 2005
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The Herald News cites Fairvote with commentary about the dangers of Gerrmandering and redistricting obstacles.

November 13th 2005
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San Francisco Chronicle

Article discussing the recent failure of redistricting reform in California and the potential solution in letting the citizens decide through a Citizens Assembly on Election Reform.

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