Missouri Could Lose A Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives

8 years 1 week 6 days ago Tuesday, October 05 2010 Oct 5, 2010 Tuesday, October 05, 2010 10:08:44 AM CDT October 05, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A recent population survey showed that Missouri is expected to lose one of its nine Congressional seats after the release of the 2010 Census results. Missouri is one of ten states that could see a loss in Representatives. One of the main reasons Missouri faces a population decrease is because its citizens failed to return their census or get them back on time.

According to Columbia College's Terry Smith who is an expert on these issues, "It's entirely possible that because Missouri's percentage return census forms is lower than Minnesota's, they're going to get to keep a seat we're going to lose a seat. And it's ridiculous because it's either laziness or some sort of weird protest against the federal government."

If Missouri loses a Congressional seat the state will have to redistrict or redraw the lines for the voting areas, something Smith says will be a very messy situation. Missouri will find out once the final figures are released from the 2010 census and the House of Representatives are reapportioned. This will all be done in time for the 2012 election, something that makes this a hot topic. Smith says, "It's intensely political and it's going to be really political in Missouri if we lose a Congressional district, because we will have lost 12% of our congressional representation in Congress."

Smith says the 9th district that stretches from Columbia to Hannibal is most at risk.

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