Editorials

Don’t just vote, petition for change

So what do voters in East St. Louis, Smithton and Lebanon have in common? A state representative, although the populations and their interests have little in common.
So what do voters in East St. Louis, Smithton and Lebanon have in common? A state representative, although the populations and their interests have little in common. Provided

It doesn’t take much of a political scientist to figure out that we the people are pretty fed up with them the establishment politicians. Just look at the groundswell we see for Donald Trump, a guy who attracts as many labels as he hands out.

We can throw the bums out, and that will fix things for a few years until our reformers become the establishment and then become the next problem.

Or we can make real change.

Our primary election is in a week, next Tuesday. Be part of the solution by getting out and voting. Better yet, be part of the change.

They are still gathering petition signatures for the Independent Maps Amendment, which would let a non-partisan commission use logic, social science and statistics to draw our state legislative districts while maintaining minority voting rights. The signatures stand at 510,000, or 85 percent of the 600,000-signature goal that will withstand the legal fury expected as Madigan & Co. fight to keep their franchise intact.

The current system allows the party in power to draw twisted, gyrating districts to protect their incumbents or favor their candidates. That is why one local legislative district looks like a horseshoe and puts East St. Louis, Smithton and Lebanon voters together, skirting Belleville. Gerrymandered districts have nothing to do with representing populations. They represent the best interests of certain politicians.

So on primary Tuesday, print out a petition at MapAmendment.org and gather signatures of those registered voters coming out of your polling place. You will be helping to put the Independent Map Amendment on the November ballot.

You will also be helping to change business as usual in Springfield into the business of the people.

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