Republicans head to court to break deadlock over Congressional Missouri map | Law and order


JEFFERSON CITY — Top Missouri Republican Party officials filed a lawsuit Thursday calling on the courts to end the political deadlock over the state’s unfinished congressional maps.

The nine-page petition asks a judge to intervene in a fight that has embroiled the Legislative Assembly since January over the once-a-decade reshuffling of political boundaries based on population.

Without a new map, the lawsuit says Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft should not be allowed to run the next election using the 2011 congressional district boundaries because of population differences.

When districts do not have the same population, votes cast in sparsely populated districts carry more weight than those in heavily populated districts, the lawsuit noted.

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“Any future use of Missouri’s 2011 congressional district plan would violate plaintiff’s constitutional right to an equal and undiluted vote,” the lawsuit notes.

“If the state cannot or will not adopt a new plan and map of Congress, then this Court should adopt its own plan and map of Congress or create a new filing period for these districts to ensure that candidates can file in advance in the appropriate congressional districts of the August 2, 2002 primary election,” the lawsuit states.

In addition to implementing a constitutionally compliant map, the lawsuit asks a judge to order Ashcroft to open the nomination period for congressional districts for two weeks after a new map is approved. .

The complaint, filed by Republican Party Treasurer Pat Thomas, Party Secretary Derrick Good and Curtis Jared, who serves on the state party committee, is one of at least three that have been filed in recent weeks in the purpose of setting up a new map.

The lawsuit was filed just minutes after the House and Senate again failed to agree on a way to divide the state’s eight congressional districts.

The House on Thursday tabled a Senate-approved map after weeks of negotiations and a virtual shutdown of much of Senate business since the legislative session began three months ago.

The House had sought to engage the Senate in further boundary negotiations, but the upper house refused, saying the map they had created was the best they could muster.

Members of the House decried the Senate’s version, saying the 2nd congressional district unfairly extended from St. Louis County to Iron County.

Rep. Sara Walsh, R-Ashland, who is running for Congress in the 4th Congressional District, raised concerns about a split in Boone County under the map.

And, Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, called the Senate map “hideous” in an interview after the House vote on Thursday.

Like the House map, the Senate map would likely provide six districts for Republicans and two districts for Democrats.

St. Charles County lawmakers had pushed for major changes to how their home county was divided under the program. The map that was eventually approved by the Senate places four-fifths of the county’s residents in the 3rd Ward.

Alongside the latest lawsuit, attorneys representing five voters from crowded districts filed a lawsuit in mid-March asking a court to intervene in the process and draw new US House maps that can be used in the primary election. August and November of this year.

A third lawsuit was filed earlier by Paul Berry III, a Republican congressional candidate from suburban St. Louis.


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