SCA 80
Background and Procedural Information

On February 14, 2008 Illinois Republican State Senator Matt Murphy introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 80.  As of June 5, 2008 it has not moved to a committee.  This amendment would only affect Illinois General Assembly districts.  

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

There is no stated or implied requirement that districts be single-member.   

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

Yes.  The computer program selected by the board of elections may not use any “Demographic information not required to be used by this section or by the United States constitutional or federal law.”  This information includes the residency of incumbent legislators, political affiliations of registered voters, and previous election results.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Illinois Board of Elections must select a redistricting computer program by a majority vote of its members.  The program must randomly assign the districts and not allowed use certain demographic information listed above.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No.  Competitive districts are not included in a list of factors that the computer program must use to create the new district map.  

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

No.  The Board of Elections will announce the computer program chosen at a public meeting, although public comment is not listed as a necessity at this public meeting.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No.  After the computer program makes a new map it will not meet again until the year ending in one. 

October 23rd 2005
Who Should Redistrict?

The New York Times Magazine explains the dilemmas many states, including California, face as they attempt to create competitive and fair congressional districts. Dean Murphy cites FairVote's statistics.

October 15th 2005
Wamp fresh leadership for sagging Republicans
The Tennessean

According to FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell, the Republican party should seize the opportunity to embrace electoral reforms, and take the lead on ending gerrymandering.

October 5th 2005
Mapping the way to a better system
Boston Herald

Why Massachusetts should turn a critical eye towards gerrymandering. This article mentions Fairvote.

October 2nd 2005
Several states may change redistricting process
L.A. Times

Discussion of redistricting practices in California, Massachusetts and Florida. Mentions Tanner's bill.

September 25th 2005
Local GOP breaks with governor to oppose redistricting
Auburn Journal

An article about the debate over a proposal that would give a panel of judges the responsibility of redistricting

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