League Shares Nonpartisan Legislative District Maps

League leaders Sharon Schneeberger, Barbara Hoppe, Marilyn McLead and Nancy Copenhaver gave strong testimony at the House Redistricting hearing in Jefferson City. They stressed the need for fair legislative district maps that recognize and honor communities, keeping them together whenever possible.

“The League has long taken great interest in the redistricting process,” says LWVMO President Marilyn McLeod said. “For decades, our nonpartisan organization has fought for fair and effective representation of our government. Fair maps give citizens a voice in their government. Maps based on total population are key to getting state and federal funding distributed equitably.”

LWVMO’s Fair Redistricting Committee submitted a report and non-partisan maps developed for the League by academics at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Computational Redistricting (ICOR) to the portals for both the House and Senate Redistricting Commissions.

LWVMO Nonpartisan State Senate Plans prepared by ICOR:
https://davesredistricting.org/join/efe3027c-6848-4809-91f0-301eeaceafaf
https://davesredistricting.org/join/5994bc13-a773-4cbe-b0de-4336480fe29c

LWVMO Nonpartisan State House plans prepared by ICOR: 
https://davesredistricting.org/join/7c32fd97-a0e8-4034-94b2-4f3df0fffe4b
https://davesredistricting.org/join/7d265d06-98f3-4f9a-87c3-edbf2c3f5444

Schneeberger told commissioners, “We look forward to seeing fairly drawn districts in your draft maps and trust you will give Missouri citizens time to analyze and understand them.”

Each commission was challenged to submit a tentative redistricting plan to the secretary of state’s office by the Dec. 22 deadline. Draft legislative district maps are available for citizens to review at https://oa.mo.gov/budget-planning/redistricting-office. If either bipartisan commission fails to agree on a plan, redistricting for that legislative chamber goes to a panel of judges.

Sharon Schneeberger
Marilyn McLeod
Nancy Copenhaver
Barbara Hoppe

About lwvcbc

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate. Any person of voting age may become a League member. The LWV of Columbia-Boone County is the League's local organization. We hold forums for local elections and advocate for local issues.

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