Fair Maps – Redistricting in 2021

LWV of Missouri will be posting resources to advocate for a fair and transparent process to draw new legislative district maps after detailed Census data is released in late September.

— Can We Stop Gerrymandering? Click here to see a PDF of the presentation by policy professional and attorney Sharon Geuea Jones at 7 pm on April 29.

— Click here for Fair Maps Matter, a guest column by Evelyn Maddox printed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on April 15.

— Click here for the League’s Fair Maps Fact Sheet.

— Click here for a Redistricting presentation prepared by Mary Lindsay or here for one by Sarah Starnes.

— LWVUS worked with the Campaign Legal Center on this report: Designing a Transparent and Ethical Redistricting Process: A Guide to Ensuring that the Redistricting Process is Fair, Open, and Accessible.

— Click here for information from the Brennan Center for Justice on the Efficiency Gap that is used to determine the extent of political gerrymandering.

— Click here for information on communities of interest.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR DRAWING NEW LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT MAPS?

In November 2020, Missouri voters were deceived into replacing Clean Missouri’s non-partisan redistricting plan with a more partisan process that will make it harder to challenge the final maps in court. Under Amendment 3:

  • Instead of a non-partisan demographer, bipartisan commissions will draw the new maps. After the Census releases statewide data, political party officials will nominate members for the House and Senate Commissions from each of the eight congressional districts. The Governor will have 30 days to choose 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats to appoint to each commission.
  • The criteria of competitiveness and partisan fairness, which would provide a more level playing field for legislative candidates, now have a lower priority than population, contiguous districts, and the rules for county boundaries. 
  • A 70 percent vote is required to approve new maps (14 out of the 20 members of each commission). If a commission cannot agree on a map, it will go to a redistricting panel of six Missouri Court of Appeals judges.

Click here for information on People Powered Fair Maps, the LWVUS national redistricting program. LWVMO’s Redistricting Committee is headed by Sharon Schneeberger of Columbia. Direct questions to league@lwvmissouri.org.

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