2022 Fair Maps Update
The House Redistricting Commission reached a bipartisan consensus on a map of Missouri House legislative districts which reflects much of the input League members shared at public hearings.
“This map will provide more competitive House races in future elections,” says LWVMO President Marilyn McLeod. “The League believes that competitive districts make for a better democracy. “
McLeod complimented the House commission for holding public hearings in six locations, three more than required. League members presented testimony at five hearings, attended most commission meetings, and submitted non-partisan maps developed by the Institute for Computational Redistricting (ICOR).
McLeod said it was unfortunate that the Senate panel deadlocked, making it likely that the Missouri Supreme Court will appoint a judicial panel to take over that process. “The current system could and should be improved before the next U.S. Census,” she said. “Redistricting should be done on a nonpartisan basis with the goal of fair maps that keep communities of interest together.”
The Missouri House approved a “least change” map for congressional districts on Jan. 19, but didn’t have the votes for an emergency clause to have it take effect before the August primary. Some Republicans wanted a 7-1 gerrymander, but the 6-2 map prevailed. The League had reached out to legislators with research showing that 46.5 percent of Missouri voters supported Democrats in 2016, 2018 and 2020 elections for Governor, U.S. Senate, and President. HB2117 now goes to the Senate.