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.”
The Missouri Senate approve SJR38 on Feb. 10. The House may schedule a hearing soon on a similar resolution, HJR115. Click here for a fact sheet on redistricting.
To share your views with your legislators, call 844-983-1871.
- Marge Bramer’s guest column in the Springfield News Leader
- Guest column in the St. Louis American by Louise Wilkerson and John Bowman
- Check out this press and editorial board coverage:
- Tweets to retweet:
- Globe Editorial: “Voters knew exactly what they were doing when in 2018 they passed the #CleanMissouri redistricting method.”
- Rep. Kip Kendrick: “The attempts to undo Clean Missouri will be attempts to gerrymander.”
- Mandy St. Amand: “Shouldn’t the people who live in Missouri be irked that lawmakers want to UN-do, what the people voted for in Clean Missouri?”
- AFL-CIO: “Despite claims to the contrary, voters knew what they wanted in 2018.”