The Missouri House has voted 109-44 to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of the legislature’s redistricting of Congressional districts. The legislature approved the new map last week. The governor vetoed it Saturday and asked the legislature to approve a new map. The map reflects Missouri’s loss of one Congressional seat due to the 2010 Census.
Gov. Jay Nixon rejected a proposed congressional redistricting map on Saturday and urged Missouri lawmakers to devise a new plan that better represents “all regions of the state.” Nixon, a Democrat, said that the U.S. House map approved last week by the Republican-controlled General Assembly “does not adequately protect the interests of all Missourians.”
The Saturday veto statement from Gov. Jay Nixon simply read that the new congressional boundaries do not "adequately protect the interests of all Missourians." But here's three other reasons why the first-term Democrat may have been compelled to reject the GOP-drawn map.
Boone County would move from the 9th to the 4th Congressional District if the new map based on the 2010 Census is approved.
The state General Assembly passed a redistricting map Wednesday that would pull Columbia from a cluster of counties in northeast Missouri and align it with counties to the south and west. The bill awaits Gov. Jay Nixon's approval or veto before May 13.