The measure, known as Clean Missouri, ensures fair voting districts by changing the way new maps are drawn. It also changes campaign contribution and lobbyist gift limits and requires certain transparency measures such as making sure members of the Missouri General Assembly abide by the Sunshine Law.
The League of Women Voters has joined other organizations and individuals across Missouri now defending Amendment 1.
On June 27, 2019 the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling that federal courts may not block even the most obvious and extreme partisan gerrymanders. This is a disappointing development for everyone fighting for fair maps, including League members across the U.S.
The Clean Missouri organization explained that the ruling essentially said it's up to voters to stop partisan gerrymandering. In fact, both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan pointed in their opinions to the reforms in Missouri as examples of how partisan gerrymandering can be stopped outside the federal courts.
Chief Justice Roberts specifically noted voters "overwhelmingly" approved the Clean Missouri reforms. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Kagan said politicians aren't always happy with anti-gerrymandering reforms--and pointed to Missouri. Noting our Missouri reform turns districting over to a nonpartisan demographer, she wrote that nonetheless, ". . . before the demographer had drawn a single line, (m)embers of the state legislature had introduced a bill to start undoing the change."
The stakes for protecting nonpartisan redistricting are higher than ever. Clean Missouri predicts opponents likely will be emboldened by the Supreme Court's ruling. But League members will be persistent and vigilant in protecting Amendment 1. When the Missouri General Assembly convenes in January, 2020, let's be bold in our actions to protect Missouri's constitution and the fair districting process now enshrined there.
For more information about how to help defend this newest constitutional amendment:
click HERE to be directed to the Clean Missouri website