Gerrymandering and voter suppression are unacceptable in this country. We need to look at how our legislative districts have been designed to disenfranchise a political party or a minority group.
Jefferson County, Missouri, my home county, was gerrymandered into three legislative districts. It is not acceptable in rural areas for voters to have to travel an hour or more to vote, or have voting sites closed to inhibit the process. Just as “Citizens United” and the megadonors create a fractured electoral system, gerrymandering defies the basic value of one person, one vote. We need genuine reform of campaign funding and a commitment to transparency at all levels of government.