A team of nearly 20 elections workers in Springfield are sifting through thousands of pages of petitions aimed at putting a pair of proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Illinois State Board of Elections chief Rupert Borgsmiller says if you laid each piece of paper end-to-end it would stretch 33 miles. Workers must review signatures to make sure each ballot initiative has enough support to appear on the ballot. They are scanning each piece of paper to make digital records. Then they'll do a random test of 5 percent of the signatures to make sure they are from registered voters. The full Board of Elections will eventually consider the validity of the proposed amendments.
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