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Sen. Schimpf says voters should decide who determines district maps


By Hollie Ferguson | Jul 20, 2019


Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) said that voters should be able to choose who draws the lines for redistricting in their communities, and will be able to do so via the SJRCA 4 bill, which allows for a non-partisan redistricting plan that would allow constituents to chose who draws maps and weigh in on the outcome.

If passed, this bipartisan measure would provide voters with the ability to elect a non-partisan redistricting commission, which would give voters the chance to hold public meetings that would increase transparency in redistricting as well as allow for feedback on the process, according to Schimpf. 

A recent Supreme Court Ruling gave the right of redistricting to state governments, allowing the state of Illinois to amend its constitution. This move will give the power of map drawing to its residents. The bill, which has 37 sponsors, is expected to pass and allow for an independent redistricting commission.  

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