#3on3: What the judge wrote about Amendment 3

The politicians pushing Amendment 3 know they can’t actually run on their gerrymandering plan. Its provisions are indefensible, and they know voters really want fair maps and a fair redistricting process. So, politicians are trying to dupe voters with dishonest ballot language to distract you from their real goal: rigging the maps to protect incumbent politicians.

The judge didn’t mince words.

With your help, we took the politicians to court to make sure their dishonest and deceptive ballot language wouldn’t be printed on November ballots. And this week, a judge in Cole County compared the facts with the politicians’ ballot language, and struck it down.

The judge said the politicians’ ballot language was false and misleading, and that, “the legislature seeks to override the recent, clearly expressed will of Missouri voters.”

Here are three things you just have to see from this week’s explosive ruling:

1. “NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF THIS STATEMENT IS WRONG OR MISLEADING”

2. “[V]OTERS ARE LIKELY TO BE MISLED. THIS SORT OF DECEPTION IS THE EXACT EVIL THE SUMMARY STATEMENT IS MEANT TO COMBAT, NOT PROMOTE.”

3. “A SUMMARY STATEMENT MAY NOT FALSELY INFORM VOTERS A BALLOT MEASURE WILL DO SOMETHING IT WILL NOT…NOR MAY THE SUMMARY SUGGEST A MEASURE WILL CHANGE THE LAW WHEN IT WILL NOT.”