How Redistricting Happened in Missouri

The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of Missouri over the last 10 years.

Congressional Timeline

2011

Census data delivered to Missouri.

Republicans in the state legislature gerrymandered the congressional map after Missouri lost one seat in reapportionment, the process of redistributing Congressional seats after each decennial census.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the gerrymandered map.

The legislature overrode the governor’s veto to put the maps in place.

State Legislature Timeline

The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of Missouri over the last 10 years.

2011

Census data delivered to Missouri.

Bipartisan commissions met to draw the state legislative lines.

The commissions failed to reach an agreement.

Missouri Supreme Court appointed a new nonpartisan commission, which produced a new state map.

2012

Litigation invalidated the 2011 map for the state Senate.

A new bipartisan commission met and redrew the state Senate map.

2018

Organizers worked to bring a ballot measure that will reform the state legislative redistricting process.

Know the Races that Impact Redistricting

1 Know the Decision Makers

Each state is different when it comes to the redistricting process. Knowing who they are and when to vote for them is the key to creating a fairer redistricting process. Both the congressional and state legislative lines in Missouri are drawn by:

  • Governor
  • State Senate
  • State House

2 Know Your State Legislature

Missouri Lower Chamber
47

Democratic-held
seats

116

Republican-held
seats

4 Vacant seats

Missouri Upper Chamber
10

Democratic-held
seats

24

Republican-held
seats

1 Vacant seats

4 Vote

Get Involved in Missouri Today

Join Organizing for ‘18

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Organizing for Action (OFA) launched a partnership to build a more fair democracy by strategically targeting legislative chambers, governorships, and ballot initiatives that will be critical in determining how maps are drawn after the 2020 Census.

Join a Local OFA Chapter

Alongside the National Redistricting Action Fund (an NDRC affiliate), OFA is engaging with activists and volunteers to help educate people about gerrymandering and involve them in the process of fixing a badly rigged political system.

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