Missouri State Republicans attempt to undo 2018 Gerrymander Reforms, with Amendment 3 for 2020 vote.
Back in 2018 with 62% voter approval, Missouri moved the redistricting role away from the governor selected partisans. Instead according to the 2018 vote, that role was now in the hands of a 3rd party with the help of an algorithm to measure how competitive a district would be.
The districts must come as close as practical to achieving “partisan fairness” as measured by a formula called “the efficiency gap.”
That formula was created earlier this decade by Eric McGhee, a researcher at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, and University of Chicago law professor Nick Stephanopoulos. It compares the statewide share of the vote a party receives with the statewide percentage of seats it wins, taking into account a common political expectation: For each 1 percentage point gain in its statewide vote share, a party normally increases its seat share by 2 percentage points.
Missouri Republicans did not like this, with the 2020 Census coming to a close they personally put an Amendment (3) on the 2020 ballots to practically undo the 2018 Constitution changes and seem to have even made it worse than before 2018. By no longer counting children when redistricting.
NYT Article on the 2020 efforts by Republicans. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/opinion/missouri-republicans-gerrymander.html?referringSource=articleShare
The Amendment change reads as follows on the ballot. (It was worse before the descriptions were changed from court challenges).
Official Ballot Title:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
.Ban gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees;
.Reduce legislative campaign contribution limits;
.Change the redistricting process voters approved in 2018 by: (i) transferring responsibility for drawing state legislative districts from the Nonpartisan State Demographer to Governor-appointed bipartisan commissions; (ii) modifying and reordering the redistricting criteria.State governmental entities expect no cost or savings. Individual local governmental entities expect significant decreased revenues of a total unknown amount.
Fair Ballot Language:
A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to reduce the limits on campaign contributions that candidates for state senator can accept from individuals or entities by $100 per election. There is no change for candidates for state representative.The amendment prohibits state legislators and their employees from accepting a gift of any value (which is currently $5) from paid lobbyists or the lobbyists’ clients. The amendment modifies the criteria for redrawing legislative districts and changes the process for redrawing state legislative district boundaries during redistricting by giving redistricting responsibility to a bipartisan commission, renames them, and increases membership to 20 by adding four commissioners appointed by the Governor from nominations by the two major political party’s state committees.
.A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding campaign contributions, lobbyist gifts, and the process and criteria for redistricting.If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.
Notice the bullshit about “Ban gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees”, which was already dropped to $5 by the 2018 vote. The “Reduce legislative campaign contribution limits”, which is a simple drop from $2500 to $2400. All of this come before the meat of the issue, the fact that they are screwing us with the Governor being able to pick the people who draw the lines, along with the changes that prevent their map from being deemed Unconstitutional to prevent it from being thrown out, ever.
The longer I live here, you would think I would stop being surprised. Vote no.
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