The fight over problematic language in the constitutional convention ballot language came to a head yesterday, as a Cook County judge considered conflicting proposals for how to remedy the situation in the 30 days before voters head to the polls in Illinois. While the court ultimately rejected a resolution proposed by Con-Con proponents, the controversy has drawn additional attention to the issue and we're certain to hear more uproar in the weeks to come.
At issue are two particular passages in the ballot language. One sentence informs voters that the Con-Con provision put before voters in 1988 -- the last time the electorate had the opportunity to hold a constitutional convention -- was handily defeated. The other falsely asserts that a failure to vote on the question amounts to a nay vote.