STATEMENT OF RUSS CARNAHAN RE: GOVERNOR’S VETO
OF PARTISAN GERRYMANDERED REDISTRICTING MAP
WASHINGTON, DC --- U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan (MO-03) today released the following statement regarding Governor Nixon’s veto of the partisan, gerrymandered redistricting map sent to him by the Republican-controlled Missouri State Legislature:
“This is a win for the people of Missouri, who will now have another chance at a map that places a higher value on respecting the needs and concerns of families and businesses than on consolidating political power for one party over another.
“There is no question that the map that was vetoed today was a partisan gerrymander that would have been bad for the entire state of Missouri. It sliced and diced the St. Louis region – the economic engine of the state – dividing communities of interest and weakening Missouri’s representation in Washington.
“This veto will provide an opportunity for a map that is better for the people and businesses of this state - one that is more representative of Missouri’s political balance and does not divide communities, counties and regions.
“The people of Missouri deserve nothing less.”
The Missouri State Legislature will now have an opportunity to either make a new attempt at drawing a Congressional map, or to attempt to override the Governor’s veto. In each of three votes already taken on proposed maps, the State House has fallen short of the 2/3 majority needed to override a Gubernatorial veto. During the most recent vote, 6 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the map that was vetoed today.