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Defenders of Democracy

The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. LWV influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Mission:
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy

Vision: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

FALL BALLOT INFORMATION
Voters on Nov. 6 approved Amendment 1 to clean up Missouri politics, Amendment 2 on medical marijuana, Amendment 4 on Bingo and Prop B to raise the minimum wage. The other two medical marijuana initiatives failed and so did Proposition D to raise the motor fuels tax.

Fact Sheet on Statewide Ballot Issues
LWV Ballot Issue Presentation
Fact Sheet on Prop B (minimum wage)



Voters approve ethics, redistricting reform

Voters approved Amendment 1 by a large margin (62-38) on Nov. 6.

"The League of Women Voters of Missouri played a crucial role in promoting the anti-gerrymandering provisions of Amendment 1," said Clean Missouri Communications Director Benjamin Singer. "Thanks in big part to the League, Missouri will have more fair and competitive maps that protect minority representation and follow city and county lines when possible."

LWVMO President Kathleen Boswell was encouraged by the vote. "Amendment 1 will clean up state politics by increasing fairness, integrity and transparency in government."

Nancy Miller, Co-President of LWV of Metro St. Louis, stressed the need for redistricting reform. "The League's position is that political and racial gerrymandering distort and undermine representative democracy."

Dr. Amanda Rosen from Webster University says Amendment 1 will make Missouri's legislative districts more competitive. "That's not always good from a partisan perspective, but it's how democracy should work. Your vote matters more in competitive districts. Candidates have to pay more attention to their constituents than to lobbyists." For more information and the full text of on Amendment 1, go to https://www.cleanmissouri.org/solution.

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