Illinois redistribution map revealed for State House and Senate districts
The Dems also stressed that their first priority was to protect the rights of minority voters. This is likely a signal that Pritzker will accept the card, as he said he would veto only an “unfair” card, defining this in terms of respecting the rights of blacks, Latinos and other minority groups.
Republicans were strongly dissenting.
“The removal of partisan cards tonight is another attempt to deceive voters in an effort to block a fair election,” said State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield), “after so many promises made by the Democrats to have an open and transparent process involving the public. Us. . . Call on Governor Pritzker to keep his promise to the people of Illinois and veto a map that was drawn by politicians like what we see here today.
Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) said: “The release of new partisan cards late on a Friday night proves that Mike Madigan’s playbook continues at the Illinois House chamber by politicians who have picked their voters in hand. ”
A coalition of reform groups, business and activists, including the Illinois and Chicago branches of the League of Women Voters, Illinois and the Black Chambers of Commerce and Change Illinois, also expressed dismay. .
In a joint statement, they noted that the statewide census figure turned out to be over 40,000 more than ACS estimates.
“(This) undercoverage is likely to have a greater effect on people of color,” they argued. “Black communities have historically been under-represented, underfunded and targeted by large-scale disinformation campaigns designed to further deprive them of their voting rights. The ACS data collection did not benefit from the historic, people-powered and state-funded effort that the census made to ensure communities were enumerated, especially black communities. . The ACS sampling process lacks the trusted community partnerships necessary for accurate counting in historically disenfranchised communities. ”
Democrats did not immediately respond. Map details or breakdowns on how many Black, Latino and White districts would be created were also not provided, nor numbers on how many districts lean between Democrats and Republicans.
These numbers should eventually appear. But to understand this now is not possible. And maybe that is the point.