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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

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Slay the Dragon Logo

SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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Missouri

Process

Beginning in 2021, Missouri's state legislative districts will be drawn by a nonpartisan state demographer. The demographer will draft maps subject to approval by two bipartisan redistricting commissions, whose members are nominated by the state party committees and appointed by the Governor. The two bipartisan redistricting commissions can amend the demographer's district maps with a 70% vote. Without such a vote, the demographer's maps become law. The state's congressional districts will be drawn by the Legislature by ordinary statute, and will be subject to the Governor's veto.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Missouri law requires that state legislative districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, and be drawn to promote partisan symmetry. Missouri law requires that congressional districts be compact and contiguous. For state legislative districts only, intentionally favoring or disfavoring an incumbent, party, or candidate for office is prohibited.

Issues

  • The Missouri Senate has passed a resolution seeking to weaken Clean Missouri through a new constitutional amendment, SJR38. This resolution would get rid of the position of nonpartisan state demographer. Instead, SJR38 gives full redistricting power to the two bipartisan redistricting commissions. Additionally, the amendment would list partisan fairness and competitiveness at the bottom of the constitutional redistricting criteria, which are ranked in order of priority. It passed the Senate on a 22-9, party line vote and is on its way to the House, where Republicans have a supermajority.

  • Disputes will go to the state Supreme Court, which is favorable to voting rights.

Actions

Advocate for extending these reforms to congressional districts as well, while preventing rollback of recent reforms of the state legislative process.

  • Write to your local newspaper and advocate for the success of the nonpartisan process.

  • Contact your legislator in support of nonpartisan approaches to fair districting.

In 2021, contribute to public comment with maps, communities of interest, and analysis of draft maps.

  • Obtain Missouri redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by nonpartisan demographer
Legislative Control: Republican
Governor's Political Party: Republican
Last Updated: Feb 11 2020