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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.

Value Statement: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.


All five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District participated in a June 2 candidate forum at the Ethical Society. Pictured are moderator Nancy J. Miller, Mark Osmack, Bill Haas, Cort VanOstran, John Messmer and Robert Hazel.

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Missouri Wins Redistricting Advocacy Grant
LWVMO just learned it is receiving a $8,000 grant from the LWVUS Ed Fund to educate voters about the need to have a better system of redistricting to ensure fairness after each U.S. Census.

Sydell Shayer, Linda McDaniel and other Missouri League members have studied the apportionment of Missouri election districts since the early 1960s. As stated in the grant application, "We have a unique opportunity in Missouri to stop political and racial gerrymandering and achieve more representative democracy." The state League plans a statewide campaign to advocate for Section 3 of the CLEAN Missouri Initiative which is expected to be on the November ballot. It says a paid professional demographer should establish districts on the basis of total population and "take into account the rights of racial and language minorities and design districts to achieve both partisan fairness and competitiveness."

The last week of the legislative session, Nancy Miller testified in Jefferson City against HJR100, a bill that would have undermined CLEAN MO's redistricting changes. She stressed the LWV position that political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials.

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