Daily Archives: January 9, 2020

Fight for Fair Maps

The League of Women Voters is working to defend Clean Missouri (Amendment 1). LWVMO President Evelyn Maddox testified against HJR76 and HJR101, saying “Missouri voters do not want to drop Amendment 1’s independent demographer, give political parties more power, hide the data used for the final maps, or set a weaker race equity standard.”

Metro St. Louis Vice President Angie Dunlap told Senators at a Jan. 14 hearing that voters want transparency and fair maps to have a truly representative government. She said, “League members from across the state are very concerned about proposals to override the will of the people who voted for Clean Missouri in 2018.She criticized SJR38 for switching from using total population to draw maps to Citizen Voting Age Population.  That bill could go to the Senate floor on Jan. 29.

LWVMO Secretary Louise Wilkerson said, “Instead of improving our redistricting process after the 2020 Census, SJR38 would give political parties more power and allow an unprecedented level of racial and political gerrymandering.”

NAACP Missouri State Conference President Rod Chapel said, “SJR38 would not just reverse the reforms 62 percent of voters supported, it would drag Missouri even further back with new tricks to make redistricting more partisan, more secretive, and more unfair than ever before, resulting in some of the worst gerrymandering in the nation.”