August 24, 2021
One of the cornerstones of a vibrant democracy is citizens’ ability to influence government through voting. But what happens when voters only have one choice on the ballot? In an average election year in Illinois, 4.7 million voting-age residents have no choice in their state representative. As the debate heats up nationally over election laws and voter suppression, Illinois Policy Institute Director of Budget and Tax Research Adam Schuster explores new research showing how Illinois’ gerrymandered maps suppress voter participation, and discusses what we can do to fix it.