Communities speak up at redistricting hearings

JEFFERSON CITY– The Senate and House Bipartisan Redistricting Commissions held their first set of public hearings in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield this week. Missourians were able to attend in person to show support, testify or submit written testimony though the Redistricting Office website.

A common theme throughout testimony was to count everyone. Republicans are attempting to hide behind the slogan of “one person, one vote,” so those aged 17 or younger are not counted. This misrepresentation of Missouri threatens fair redistricting.

Commissioner Keena Smith released the following statement after the meeting on Thursday:

“I think the hearings are going well and are informative to the public, but also us, the Commissioners. I’m excited the public is showing up and testifying,” said Vice Chair of the House Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Keena Smith. “Missouri residents are taking part in their community’s future and as Democrats, their feedback is invaluable and important. Children 17 and under are residents of this state and it’s not just every vote that matters, it’s every person and every voice. Missourians know what they want and how to build fair district lines. The Republican Commissioners just have to listen.”

The House Commission has announced the details of their remaining meeting. The Senate Commission has not.

Thursday, November 4th – Jefferson City at the Redistricting Office

Tuesday, November 9th – Cape Girardeau at the Drury Plaza Hotel

Wednesday, November 10th – Kirksville, location TBD