SPRINGFIELD - House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno asked the State Board of Elections Tuesday to give "Yes for Independent Maps" more time to acquire enough valid ballot signatures to let voters decide the issue in November.
The group submitted more than 500,000 signatures to the board last month. But board chairman Rupert Borgsmiller says less than half of a 5 percent sample of signatures was valid. The proposed constitutional amendment would give mapmaking responsibilities to an independent commission.
The group needs nearly 300,000 valid signatures to put the proposal on the ballot. The effort also faces a court challenge.