Petition filing deadline arrives in Illinois
By: Eric Veram
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: Today, May 7, marks the filing deadline for state petition drive efforts seeking to place constitutional amendments before voters in this year's statewide election on November 6.
For a measure to be placed on the ballot petitioners must submit valid signatures equal to 8% of the total votes cast for Governor in the last election, meaning 298,399 names are required this year. Any measures that are approved by the Secretary of State would then be placed on the ballot this fall, where they would need a three-fifths approval by voters to be enacted.
As of today there are no known active attempts to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot this year. However, groups opposing a 2011 law allowing same-sex civil unions have been gathering signatures for an advisory question regarding a referendum on the law. If this question is placed on the ballot it would need to be approved by voters, then approved by the legislature, before finally being sent to voters again as a referendum.