Update on Legislative, Congressional Redistricting

Missouri’s Senate Bipartisan Commission could not agree to a map, so the final map will be drawn by a panel of judges. The House panel is still debating areas of Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and Boone County. It has until Jan. 23 to get 14/20 of the bipartisan members to agree on one map.

Missouri’s General Assembly comes back today to start work on congressional redistricting. In December, LWVMO shared two maps with legislators that have a 5:3 Congressional District split that would more fairly represent the voice of Missouri voters than the map at left submitted by Rep. Dan Shaul (R-113) as HB2117. His map uses the “least change” approach (helpful with a March filing deadline) and would likely keep six Republicans and two Democrats in the U. S. Congress.

Virtual Vigil for Democracy and Remembrance
Thursday, January 6, 2022
6:30 p.m.

It’s been nearly one year since militants attacked our Capitol and tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election. We must not forget what happened — and we must demand action from our leaders to prevent another attack on our democracy

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City on Jan. 5 to consider legislation that would undermine our democracy. Around the country, voting advocates are marking the one-year anniversary.

Here in Missouri, frigid forecasts have forced us to pivot multiple planned in-person Jan. 6 Vigils across the state to this Statewide Virtual Vigil at 6:30pm on Jan. 6. Join fellow voter advocates in this day of remembrance and learn how you can take action to protect our democracy.

Sign up to join us on Zoom at: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtfuitrDItHNUxx9OZN9sRrqVyr01N8_hw

And tune in to the event live-streamed on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMissouriVoters.

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Minority Men’s Network, Working in our Community
Tuesday, January 112022
Noon-1 p.m.
On Zoom

Live event via Zoom

At this virtual presentation, you’ll get an update from Minority Men’s Network Vice President Fred Williams III and learn about the work this organization does to improve the lives of ethnic minorities through leadership and service. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Public Library.

Please register to receive a Zoom link for this online event. This program will be recorded for later viewing on our YouTube channel and will be available via our website tab “Videos”.

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Fair Redistricting
Here is a link to resources about Legislative Redistricting in Missouri:
https://lwvmissouri.org/fair-maps-2/

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Medicaid Expansion

Now, more adults can get low-cost or FREE health insurance through Missouri Medicaid (called MO
HealthNet). Medicaid through MO HealthNet may be an option for you. This includes parents who have not qualified before, as well as childless adults.
For example, a single adult making up to $17,774 a year, or a family of 4 making up to $36,750 a year, may qualify for Medicaid through MO HealthNet.
Even if you tried to get Medicaid before and did not qualify, check again!
Call 1-855-373-4636.

Mid-Missouri Vigil for Democracy

Mid-Missouri Vigil for Democracy – January 6, 2022 – 5 p.m.

Boone County Courthouse Plaza

Mark your calendar!

The League is working with the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition and other partners to commemorate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and its aftermath. Vigils in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis will focus on our support for the Freedom to Vote Act which includes important protections against election sabotage. 

Many states passed legislation to erode our democratic process in 2021. As Missouri legislators return to work in Jefferson City on Jan. 5, we want to make sure they know our concerns about efforts to make it harder for citizens to vote or to put an initiative on the ballot.  The local vigil will be held at the Boone County Courthouse Plaza.

Other local organizations and their members, as well as the general public, are invited to join us at this vigil. We will have signs and battery-operated candles available (although handmade signs are fine too). Masks and social distancing will be required. Please sign up if you plan to attend:

Mid-Missouri Jan. 6 Vigil for Democracy

5pm – 6pm Boone County Courthouse Plaza

Columbia MO 65201

Register at: https://www.mobilize.us/democracyvigils/event/434254/

Fair Redistricting
Here is a link to resources about Redistricting in Missouri:
https://lwvmissouri.org/fair-maps-2/

Medicaid Expansion

Now, more adults can get low-cost or FREE health insurance through Missouri Medicaid (called MO
HealthNet). Medicaid through MO HealthNet may be an option for you. This includes parents who have not qualified before, as well as childless adults.
For example, a single adult making up to $17,774 a year, or a family of 4 making up to $36,750 a year, may qualify for Medicaid through MO HealthNet.
Even if you tried to get Medicaid before and did not qualify, check again!
Call 1-855-373-4636.