Both sides in Missouri’s Amendment Three November ballot measure presented their case to voters Wednesday night, in a virtual forum hosted by Springfield’s Drury University.
Missourians approved “Clean Missouri” in 2018, which required a nonpartisan demographer to draw state legislative districts. Amendment Three transfers that responsibility to a bipartisan commission.
Cosby GOP State Senator Dan Hegeman sponsored Amendment Three, saying he respects communities of interest, both urban and rural.
But “No On 3” director Sean Soendker-Nickolson disagrees, and says Amendment Three backers have placed a ban on gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers to distract voters from the redistricting issue.
Soendker-Nickolson says Amendment Three’s aim is to create “super safe districts”, where politicians don’t have to worry about voters back home.