Respect Missouri Voters on Amendment 1 Reforms
The House General Rules Committee just held a public hearing while the state is under a stay-at-home order and then passed SJR38 by a 9-4 vote along party lines. The bill asks voters to replace Amendment 1’s redistricting reforms with a system that allows unprecedented racial and partisan gerrymandering.
In written testimony, LWVMO President Evelyn Maddox asked committee members, "Have you asked your constituents if they want a ballot measure to drop Amendment 1’s independent demographer, give political parties more power in redistricting, hide the data used to draw district maps, or set a weaker race equity standard?" She said, "These are unprecedented times, but please do not support this effort to allow unprecedented racial and partisan gerrymandering in Missouri. We want fair maps to protect Missouri voters and make sure each vote counts."
The League supported Amendment 1 which passed with a majority of the vote in every State Senate district in 2018. This constitutional amendment includes many reforms to clean up Missouri politics, including a better system of redistricting to ensure fairness after each U.S. Census.
LWVMO Secretary Louise Wilkerson says, “Instead of improving our redistricting process after the 2020 Census, SJR38 would give political parties more power and allow an unprecedented level of racial and political gerrymandering.”
The Missouri Senate approved SJR38 on Feb. 10. Click here for a fact sheet on redistricting.
The League encourages members to contact their state representatives to ask them to respect Missouri voters and not replace Amendment 1's fair maps with a more partisan process. Call 844-983-1871. For more information, visit Clean Missouri.
The image below illustrates partisan gerrymandering. The League is also concerned about racial gerrymandering.