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The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project has selected Melisa Urda, vice-chair of IBIP, to organize and coordinate IBIP's Clean Election Campaign which is being launched this weekend.
"Free, fair, honest and accurate elections are central to all other issues: peace, affordable health care, a clean and sustainable environment, the separation between church and state, and a quality education for our children. All of these issues are the spokes in the wheel of our future. How that wheel turns and in what direction it takes us is determined by elections, the very hub of our democracy," said Urda when she accepted the chair of IBIP's CEC effort.
Urda outlined the CEC initiatives, including resources for both individuals and organizations that are available in IBIP's website:
  • A sample letter to send to legislators supporting clean elections and the two bills that have been introduced in this session.
  • Individual and organizations can sign and circulate a petition calling on members of the General Assembly to adopt clean elections legislation.
  • A "Clean Elections ZIP Kit" that contains the Petition, Postcards to send to legislators, a flyer that highlights the major features of each bill on one page, a constituent letter and an instruction sheet is available to download.
She explained that what's needed is a grassroots effort from citizens and organizations to support clean elections in Illinois. "Politicians look at the system and say, 'Well, it elected me, so it must be OK,' and that's the problem," she says. "Those with a vested interest in the status quo aren't going to favor change, so it's up to the voters to tell our elected representatives that we want clean elections; it won't happen any other way," she added..
In emphasizing the need for organizations of all types to get involved in the Illinois Clean Election Campaign, Urda said, "Intelligent, informed and committed people are talking about the social injustices in America: the widening gap between rich and poor, the crisis in healthcare, about global warming and the despoiling of our environment."
"Finally we are hearing some truths about the War on Iraq and many other issues that are vitally important. But, without securing our right to vote, the opportunity to correct these societal ills, stop an unjust war, or reverse the destruction of our planet will pass us by. Unless citizens work together to show our legislators we demand clean elections, we'll have lost our chance, and democracy will suffer. The time for action is now. If you care about what's wrong in America, and want to be an agent of change, join the Clean Election Campaign." Send e-mail to Melisa Urda.

The IBIP Clean Elections ZIP Kit makes it easy for organizations to get involved in helping to promote clean elections. Everything you need is included: Flyers, postcards and petitions. When the postcards are returned to IBIP, we'll even make sure that every one of them has the proper postage and is mailed to the appropriate member of the General Assembly. What could be easier? Get your Clean Elections ZIP Kit HERE!
More competition, a more diverse candidate pool, more time spent with regular voters, freedom from conflicts of interest - these are among the accomplishments of Arizona and Maine's revolutionary Clean Elections laws as shown in the video "Clean Elections: Changing the Face of America," narrated by Bill Moyers.

The video features candidates on the campaign trail, lively testimonials by citizens on how their states’ voluntary full public financing systems has changed politics, and assessments of how well Clean Elections works by campaign finance reform experts.
IBIP urges concerned citizens to get involved and lobby our legislators for Clean Elections in Illinois. Find out more about how you can make a difference and help restore integrity to our elections by joining the Clean Elections Campaign
Contrary to what you might believe after reading and listening to the MSM, clean elections aren't a partisan issue. Every voter has an interest in clean elections, and surveys bear this out.
A recent Zogby poll of likely voters found that a majority of Americans - 61% - are aware of news reports of flaws in electronic voting machines and 92% want members of the general public to be able to watch votes be counted following an election - so you know there’s something wrong with privatizing elections in America. The majority of voters in Illinois want to be assured that elections are honest, fair and transparent.
In this session of the General Assembly, two election reform bills were introduced by Representative Mike Boland:
  • HB 1640, the Illinois Clean Elections Act seeks public financing of candidates to reduce the influence of large donations in return for political favors.
  • HB 1642, the Illinois Ballot Integrity Act would guarantee a paper ballot for all voters and amend Illinois election law to include a random 10% hand-counted audit of all ballots cast in each precinct on election night to ensure the electronic tally is accurate.
Summaries of both HB 1640 and HB 1642 as well as links to the full text of each bill are available on IBIP's website. Find out more about the Clean Election Campaign and how you can help . . .

You have received this premier issue of the CEC Newsletter because you or your organization have previously expressed an interest in progressive issues, or because you or a member of your organization signed a guest list at a meeting or event where IBIP participated. The CEC Newsletter will be issued only with moderate frequency and is not spam. IBIP respects your privacy - if you do not wish to receive further issues of the CEC Newsletter, you may unsubscribe by sending us an e-mail. You will be removed from our e-mail list within 24 hours.
© 2007 - Illinois Ballot Integrity Project, Inc - Email IBIP
635 Chicago Ave - Suite 127 - Evanston IL 60202
IBIP is a not-for-profit, non-partisan civic organization dedicated to the correction of election system
deficiencies and to ensuring fair, accurate, and completely transparent elections.


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Bob Wilson is chairman of the Cook County branch of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project.
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