State of Missouri

Missouri Impasse Litigation (Berry II)

Berry v. Ashcroft

Lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of a Republican candidate running for Congress challenging Missouri’s current congressional map following the release of 2020 census data. The plaintiff initially filed an impasse lawsuit in state court, but voluntarily dismissed the case in March. In his federal complaint, the plaintiff outlines Missouri’s failure to adopt a new congressional map based on current population numbers, leaving in place the now-malapportioned congressional map drawn with 2010 census data. Though the candidate filing deadline passed and the state’s primary elections are fast approaching, the plaintiff alleges that the Missouri secretary of state is not allowed to reopen candidate filing or move the primary date. Because of these factors, the lawsuit asks for a three-judge panel to take over the redistricting process to ensure that the a new map that complies with the constitutional principle of one person, one vote is in place. Litigation is ongoing.

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