JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — A Missouri judge on Monday rewrote the summary for a legislative redistricting measure that will appear on the November ballot, ruling that the state’s Republican-led Legislature tried to misleadingly entice voters into repealing an anti-gerrymandering reform that voters approved just two years ago.
The decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce struck down the Legislature’s ballot summary for Amendment 3 as insufficient, unfair and partly false. She replaced it with a ballot summary suggested by a group that sponsored the successful 2018 measure and is opposed to this year’s revision.
Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who represented the Legislature and secretary of state, can appeal the ruling.
Redistricting is a big topic nationally because all states must redraw their congressional and legislative districts based on the results of this year’s census. In most states, those redistricting decisions will be made…