Daily Archives: May 31, 2020

League Fights for Fair Maps

The Missouri House gave final approval to SJR38 on May 13 to ask voters to replace Clean Missouri’s redistricting reforms with a system that allows unprecedented racial and partisan gerrymandering. “Dirty Missouri” will be on the Nov. 3 ballot as Amendment 3.

Hidden in SJR38 is language that could make Missouri the only state not using total population to draw maps after the 2020 Census. 

“This gerrymandering plan gives political parties more power and opens the door to a process that doesn’t count anyone under age 18 or non-citizens when drawing legislative district maps,” says LWVMO President Evelyn Maddox. “They deserve representation and services just as much as registered voters.”

The Missouri Senate approved SJR38 on Feb. 10. The House ran out of time and passed the flawed Senate language in May without changes. The deceptive ballot language stresses that Amendment 3 bans lobbyist gifts (now capped at $5) and lowers campaign contribution limits (just to Senate candidates and just by $100).

Voters approved Clean Missouri in 2018 to ensure that neither political party gets an unfair advantage when district maps are drawn. While Clean Missouri calls for fair maps, Amendment 3 would allow maps to be rigged to protect incumbent politicians. Click here for a two-minute video explaining a formula to determine if maps are gerrymandered called the Efficiency Gap.

Click to see the full news release or a fact sheet on redistricting. For more on the total population issue, see this May 22 guest column in the St. Louis Dispatch by Nancy J. Miller and Louise T. Wilkerson: Keep clean redistricting process that counts kids.

For more on protections for communities of color in Clean Missouri, see this guest column in the St. Louis American by Louise Wilkerson and John Bowman, President of the St. Louis County NAACP. Follow the Clean Missouri Coalition at Facebook.com/CleanMissouri or https://twitter.com/CleanMissouri.

Your Vote Matters

The League’s Register & Vote brochure has information on Missouri’s voting laws.

This brochure has more information on voting on or before the Nov. 3 election. If you have questions about voting, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

SAFELY VOTING IN 2020 ELECTIONS

In-person absentee voting is now available at local election authorites for eligible voters in Missouri. Reasons for requesting an absentee ballot include being absent from the jurisdiction on Election Day, expect to be confined due to illness or disability or religious belief. A new reason for 2020 only opens up absentee voting for voters who are over 65 or in an at-risk category for COVID-19.

If you haven’t mailed back your absentee ballot, the League suggests that you or a close relative return it your local election authority. Mail-in ballots must be notarized and can only be returned by mail. Click here for contact information for your local election authority. Find your polling place here.

Information on the candidates and ballot issues is now available on VOTE411.org. Click here for a list of notaries who won’t charge for the service.