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Sue Gibson

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

In 2018, 62 percent of Missourians voted for transparency, ethics and accountability in state government by supporting the ballot initiative known as Clean Missouri. Our intention was to reduce the power of special interests and ensure redistricting is done in a fair, nonpartisan way to eliminate gerrymandering and allow all of us a true choice in who represents us at the Capitol.

Politicians didn't like the idea of fair legislative maps and worked hard to place Amendment 3 on the ballot this year to overturn the will of the people. Amendment 3 is worded in an intentionally deceptive manner. It presents itself as ethics reform, but it only reduces the lobbyist gift limit by $5 and state senate contribution limits by a mere $100 in an attempt to trick voters. Amendment 3 reopens the door to extreme gerrymandering.

The first two points in the language on the ballot are meant to make us think that Amendment 3 improves upon Clean Missouri; they are insignificant "improvements." Focus on the third point: Amendment 3 would overturn Clean Missouri's provision of fair legislative district maps. We must defeat Amendment 3.

Please vote "no" on Amendment 3.

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