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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.

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy

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

Dr. Amanda Rosen from Webster University shared information on redistricting and gerrymandering with Leaguers on Sept. 21. Rosen said Amendment 1 would 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."

Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of the Jennings School District, gave an inspiring talk at the Sept. 12 Fall Kickoff. "If the electorate is not educated, there's no hope for democracy," he said. "We are all fighting a war against ignorance." Pictured here with Karen Francis, McCoy called voting the floor, "the least obligation you do to exercise your voice."
League leaders recently held news conferences across the state to endorse Amendment 1 to clean up Missouri politics.

"The League of Women Voters is proud to endorse Amendment 1 because it is an opportunity to put Missourians before big donors, lobbyists and partisan games," says Louise Wilkerson, Secretary of LWV of Missouri. "Amendment 1 will increase fairness, integrity, transparency and accountability in Missouri's General Assembly."

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

For a video of TV coverage of the LWVSWMO news conference, go to For more information on Amendment 1, go to

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