Proposals to change Illinois' electoral system introduced to Legislature

SPRINGFIELD - Several proposals that would change Illinois' electoral system have been introduced into the state legislature.

Under one proposal, voters participating in primary elections would no longer be required to declare a political party when they cast their ballots.  According to State Representatives Mike Fortner and Scott Drury, the state's current system discourages voter participation in primaries.

Another proposal would move the date for state and federal primary elections to late June at the earliest.  In comparison, last year's primary was held on March 18.

Under a third proposal, public campaign financing would be available to candidates.  Officials say the campaign financing legislation was first introduced in 2007.
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