League Criticizes Amendment 3, Urges No Vote

League Criticizes Amendment 3, Urges No Vote


League members are warning voters that Amendment 3 is about gerrymandering, not lobbyist gifts or campaign congtributions. Two courts found the ballot language proposed by legislators in SJR38 was intended to mislead voters. Voters capped lobbyists gifts at $5 in 2018. Amendment 3 only limits campaign contributions for Senate candidates and by just $100.

Experts say Amendment 3 would not just overturn the changes voters in every state senate district approved two years ago, it would allow twice the level of gerrymandering typically described as “severe.” Hidden in Amendment 3 is language that could make Missouri the only state not using the total population count when drawing legislative districts. Instead, maps could be based on the number of eligible voters. That would leave out 1.5 million Missouri children, as well as immigrants and international students. We want fair maps that count our kids as well as non-citizens

The League is very concerned about adding “one person one vote” to the Missouri Constitution since it could lead to non-citizens and children under 18 years old not being counted when legislative districts are drawn. 

"We want fair maps that count our kids," Louise Wilkerson and Nancy Miller stressed in a May op-ed. 

In a letter to the Post-Dispatch published Oct. 19, Louise Wilkerson said Amendment 3 resurrects some of the worst parts of the old, abuse-prone redistricting system by removing protections for communities of color. "Send state legislators a clear and resounding message that the people want fair maps for Missouri."

The fiscal note for Amendment 3 says “Individual local governmental entities expect significant decreased revenues of a total unknown amount.”

For more information, go to cleanmissouri.org.


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