SPRINGFIELD - Jesse Smart, Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections doesn't think the group pushing for a referendum on the non-partisan drawing of legislative maps will be able to produce enough signatures in time to get on the November ballot.
Yes for Independent Maps is trying to validate enough signatures out of an initial sampling to keep its ballot initiative alive.
Smart says nearly 32,000 of the signatures are from people who signed more than once and others that don't make the cut.
"A lot of them you can't even read at all," Smart says. "A lot of them are not from Illinois. There's just many, many sloppy (entries) which I'm sorry for."
Smart says the reason there were such wide discrepanies in the number of ballots that examiners were allowing - is geography. Smart says the signatures collected in Central Illinois were largely collected properly and deliberately, those in the Chicago area - done by hired name collectors in some cases - were not.
"We can go on this all summer and they're not going to make it," Smart told reporter Eric Stock. Smart says he expects the board will be taken to court by one side or the other, regardless of how it rules.