Thursday, October 27, 2005

Reformers Praise Illinois State Board of Elections

Our State Board of Elections was lauded for its campaign disclosure system by the California Voter Foundation. They looked at on-line reporting systems, campaign finance laws, accessibility and technical usability across all 50 states and ranked Illinois 5th overall. Actually, they said our electronic filing program was the best in the nation, but faults in our disclosure law pulled our ranking down. We agree that the SBE website is terrific, and with the 48-hour reports in the final days before an election, anyone with Internet access can get virtually real-time reports on who's giving how much to which candidates. Of course, part of why Illinois make such as effort in disclosure is because, unlike nearly every other state, we have no limits on how much anyone or anything can give to anybody. But kudos to the State Board on a job well done.