CHICAGO, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On March 15th, the day of the primary election, supporters of redistricting reform will fan out to polling places across Illinois to collect voter signatures on petitions for the Independent Map Amendment. Anyone interested in helping with the petition drive should register at Election day volunteers will receive petitions, instructions, and a free Independent Maps t-shirt. “We are 85 percent of the way to achieving our goal of 600,000 signatures by the end of April,” said Dave Mellet, Campaign Manager of Independent Maps. “The primary election is the best day of the year to circulate petitions. With large crowds of registered voters all in the same place, it’s the perfect opportunity.” Mellet stressed that volunteers will not interfere with voting. “We have hundreds of volunteers ready to cover as many polling places as possible, and some are even taking vacation days to maximize their time at polling places,” Mellet said. “Although polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers don’t have to spend the whole day at the polls. Even a few hours before work, over the lunch hour or after work will help us collect enough signatures to put the Independent Map Amendment on the November election ballot.” Independent Maps coalition members include AARP-Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau, CHANGE Illinois, Common Cause Illinois, Latino Policy Forum, League of Women Voters of Illinois, IVI-IPO, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Union League Club of Chicago, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The full list of supporters is available on the Independent Maps website ( where voters can download a petition and make contributions. About Independent Maps Independent Maps is a non-partisan statewide coalition supporting the petition campaign to place the Independent Map Amendment before voters in November 2016. The Independent Maps coalition’s board of directors includes prominent members of both major political parties, as well as leaders from the clergy, academia and philanthropic organizations. For more information, visit Paid for by Support Independent Maps. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the Illinois State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois. Logo – SOURCE Independent Maps RELATED LINKS]]>

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