Fair Maps – Redistricting in 2021

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

After attending the House Redistricting Commission meeting on Aug. 10, LWVMO President Marilyn McLeod said, “I hope the redistricting commissioners can step back from their party and try to focus on a fair, civil and transparent process that serves the people of Missouri.” She encourages the public to attend upcoming hearings to support People Powered Fair Maps that keep communities whole and give voters an equal voice. The final maps will determine what district we live in, who represents us, and how they will allocate resources for our communities for the next 10 years.

  • St. Louis: October 16 Senate Commission Hearing and October 21 House Commission Hearing, both at 10 am at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
  • Springfield: October 18 House Commission hearing at 9 am, 18 Senate Commission Hearing at 1 pm, both at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
  • Kansas City: October 19 House Commission hearing at 9 am, Senate Commission Hearing at 1 pm, both at Kansas City Marriott Downtown
  • Jefferson City: Nov. 4, House Commission hearing in the Jefferson Building, 205 Jefferson St., time TBD
  • Cape Girardeau: Nov. 9, 10 am, Drury Plaza
  • Kirksville: Nov. 10, 10 am, location TBD

Here are the links to watch each hearing.

Oct. 16, 10 am, Senate Commission Meeting, St. Louis https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=mb0c92cc9e85639ba4b4fc134f3ad8e70
Oct. 18, 9 am House Commission Meeting, Springfield https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=m9116b106cedb9e74a70b638a8bc7a5aa
Oct. 18, 1 pm, Senate Commission Meeting, Springfield https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=mfb6a163b68506c45074ed692b561dc92
Oct. 19, 9 am, House Commission Meeting, Kansas City https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=m11a65b9c1e52239858651a93983c815c
Oct. 19, 1 pm, Senate Commission Meeting, Kansas City https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=m221e1f7cb5d26f7c600393d31e384d5c
Oct. 21, 10 am, House Commission Meeting, St. Louishttps://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=md33e7a34fb1c1781d046c03d7038c637

Click here to listen to a podcast on redistricting in Missouri by Heartland POD. Click here for a PowerPoint on congressional and legislative redistricting.

The Governor made his appointment to House and Senate redistricting commissions on July 9.

Senate Redistricting Commission:
Chair Mark Ellinger, Vice Chair Susan Montee, Secretary Nicole Greer
1st CD: Maryann Manion (R) and Farrakhan Shegog (D)
2nd CD: Gary Grewe (R) and Nicole Greer (D)
3rd CD: Jim Berberich (R) and Mike Frame (D)
4th CD: Lowell Pearson (R) and Kevin Rusnak (D)
5th CD: Kay Hoflander (R) and Andrea Flinders (D)
6th CD: Aaron Baker (R) and Joni Wickham (D)
7th CD: Chris Slinkard (R) and Randy Alberhasky (D)
8th CD: Leann Green (R) and Leamon Asher (D)
Statewide: Mark Ellinger and Joseph S. Passanise (R),  Matt Dameron and Susan Montee (D)

House Redistricting Commission:
Chair: Jerry Hunter, Vice Chair Keena Smith and Secretary Mark Schaeperkoetter
1st CD: Jerry Hunter (R) and Keena Smith (D)
2nd CD: Matt Maher (R) and Harvey Ferdman (D)
3rd CD: Jonathan Ratliff (R) and Mark Schaeperkoetter (D)
4th CD: Daniel Wilson (R) and Jason Ludwig (D)
5th CD: Vicki Riley (R) and Melissa Patterson Hazley (D)
6th CD: James Thomas III (R) and Penny Adams (D)
7th CD: Alan Griffin (R) and Laura Cox (D)
8th CD: Becky Leonard (R) and Michael Moroni (D)
Statewide: Pat Thomas and Curtis Jared (R), Rick Shang and Kay Mills (D)

— Click on the image at left to view the April 29 presentation or here to request a Speakers Bureau presentation.

— Watch Marilyn McLeod explain the redistricting process in Missouri to Paul Pepper at https://youtu.be/z0958wB6NNA.

— Click here for directions on how to use Districtr to map communities of interest.

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

— Click on the image at left for a recording of “People Power Makes Us Strong.” Singer/songwriter Shanna Jones performs the anthem with lyrics written by Bill Clause.

— 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 Fair Redistricting Committee is headed by Sharon Schneeberger of Columbia. Direct questions to league@lwvmissouri.org.

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