HJR 58
Background and Procedural Information

On January 22, 2008 Missouri Democratic Representative Rachel Storch and nineteen other representatives introduced Missouri House Joint Resolution 58 (MO H.J.R. 58).  Rachel Storch is the sponsor of MO H.J.R. 58.  As of June 6, 2008 it has not moved to a committee.  This proposed amendment would create the position of State Demographer who would create redistricting maps for Missouri’s congressional and legislative districts.  

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Single-member districts are neither implied nor required.   

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

Yes.  The proposed amendment forbids “Demographic information, other than population head counts, except as required by the constitution and the laws of the United States.” The State Demographer would also be forbidden to use the addresses of incumbent members of congress and the legislature, political affiliations of registered voters, and previous election results to create new district maps.  

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Legislature would create the position of State Demographer, who would then have responsibility for creating the district maps of the Missouri legislative and congressional seats.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No.  There is no priority for creating competitive districts.  

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

No.  The state demographer is under no obligation to consult the public or use publicly submitted maps.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No.  The Demographer may only create maps in years ending in one.
October 23rd 2005
Who Should Redistrict?

The New York Times Magazine explains the dilemmas many states, including California, face as they attempt to create competitive and fair congressional districts. Dean Murphy cites FairVote's statistics.

October 15th 2005
Wamp fresh leadership for sagging Republicans
The Tennessean

According to FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell, the Republican party should seize the opportunity to embrace electoral reforms, and take the lead on ending gerrymandering.

October 5th 2005
Mapping the way to a better system
Boston Herald

Why Massachusetts should turn a critical eye towards gerrymandering. This article mentions Fairvote.

October 2nd 2005
Several states may change redistricting process
L.A. Times

Discussion of redistricting practices in California, Massachusetts and Florida. Mentions Tanner's bill.

September 25th 2005
Local GOP breaks with governor to oppose redistricting
Auburn Journal

An article about the debate over a proposal that would give a panel of judges the responsibility of redistricting

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