Illinois' Drive to
Illinois Report Highlights Benefit of Full Representation
-- July 2001
In 1999 the Institute for Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at
the University of Illinois received a major grant to conduct a study
of the impact of the state's conversion from cumulative voting to
single-member districts in 1980. The IGPA formed a task force to
analyze different electoral systems and make recommendations.
Co-chaired by former Republican governor Jim Edgar and former
Democratic Congressman and federal judge Abner Mikva, the task force
members included leading state legislators and civic leaders.
The task force has called for reviving
cumulative voting, and the Institute for Government and Public
Affairs has issued an excellent report about their deliberations and
the history of cumulative voting in the state. The Illinois story is
a testimony to the impact of even very modest full representation
plans. In this case, it still required close to 25% of the vote to
win a seat in a in three-seat district, but this change was
significant for a broader range of political forces to participate
in elections, win representation and contribute to good
Recent Developments in
"UIC poll explores voter participation, election standards."
By Dirk C. Archer, July
Sun-Times: "A Commonsense
Plan to Revive Legislature." By Steve Neal, July
- The Daily Herald: "Group wants return to 'cumulative voting'."
From the Associated Press, July 10.
Tribune : "New legislature
reform push." By Christi Parsons, July
Journal-Register: "A vote for cumulative voting: Task force
backs system used to elect House members ended by 1980 Cutback
Amendment." By Bernard Schoenburg, July
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