For far too long, Black and Brown voters have been marginalized and shut out of politics in Missouri – and that wasn’t done by accident. For decades, politicians have carefully planned how to draw their own districts to help themselves stay in power. These efforts to gerrymander legislative districts across the state left far too many Missouri residents without a voice in the laws that govern them.
But in 2018, the constitutional amendment Clean Missouri made huge strides towards correcting this by ending partisan gerrymandering and ensuring that our state has a fair process for drawing legislative district maps.
Now, politicians are working to harm communities of color and allow lobbyist-led, partisan gerrymandering by passing Amendment 3. This amendment is a huge step backward. The part I am most concerned about? Amendment 3 would eliminate the current requirement that state legislative maps be drawn based on total population, meaning that 1.5 million Missourians — almost all of them children — could be uncounted and unrepresented.
Politicians and lobbyists in Jefferson City are trying to pull one over on Missouri voters, but we aren’t buying what they’re selling. Right now, we need to come together to protect everyone’s right to vote, especially those who have long been sidelined by a racist, corrupt system that suppresses voting rights and prevents a truly representative government. That’s why I’m voting NO on Amendment 3 on November 3 – and why I’m imploring you to vote NO with me.