A coalition of 16 national civil rights organizations today released a joint letter condemning Missouri’s Amendment 3 as a “deceptive and discriminatory” proposal from politicians that would “weaken protections for communities of color created by Amendment 1 just two years ago.”
The open letter is signed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Brennan Center for Justice, The Center for Popular Democracy, Color of Change, Common Cause, Dēmos, End Citizens United / Let America Vote Action Fund, League of Women Voters of the United States, National Council of Jewish Women, re:power, Sierra Club, Stand Up America and State Voices.
From the letter:
“Amendment 3… would move Missouri backwards. It is a deceptive and discriminatory Amendment and directly undermines the will of the people who enthusiastically supported the Clean Missouri Amendment in 2018. It would make redistricting in Missouri less protective of communities of color and less independent of partisan politics, and would result in gerrymandered maps and broken politics.”
Amendment 3 is a radical gerrymandering scheme that seeks to gut or eliminate voter-approved reforms, and to replace them with redistricting rules unlike anything Missouri has ever seen, and unlike any other in the United States.
To trick voters into supporting the incumbent-protection proposal, legislators in the Missouri Assembly pair it with a $5 change to lobbyist gift limits and a $100 change to contribution limits for state senate candidates.