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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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Colorado

Process

The Commissions

Beginning in the 2020 redistricting cycle, Colorado's state legislative and congressional districts will be drawn by two separate independent redistricting commissions.

Congressional

  • By August 10, 2020, the nonpartisan staff shall hold one or more public hearings to guide the creation of an application process. All applications must be submitted by November 10, 2020, and these will be reviewed by a panel of three retired state judges. The staff will remove ineligible applications by January 11.

  • By January 18, 2021, the retired judges shall select 300 applicants from the two major parties and 450 who do not affiliate with either. By February 1, 2021, the panel will cut these applicants to 50 per party and 50 not affiliated with either, and these applicants must demonstrate certain skills. Separately, by February 16, the four legislative leaders will each submit a list of ten applicants from the original applicant pool who affiliate with one of the two major parties. Each congressional district must be represented in the panel's and the leadership's pools.

  • By March 1, the panel of judges will select four commissioners from each major party and four unaffiliated with either. Their selections must come from the randomized pool and the legislative leaders' pools. By March 30, the Commission must be convened by the Governor, and its initial plan must be released 45 days after the commission is convened or after census data is available, whichever is later. There must be a final plan by September 1, 2021.

Legislative

  • By August 10, 2020, the nonpartisan staff shall hold one or more public hearings to guide the creation of an application process. All applications must be submitted by November 10, 2020, and these will be reviewed by a panel of three retired state judges. The staff will remove ineligible applications by January 11.

  • By January 25, 2021, the retired judges shall select 300 applicants from the two major parties and 450 who do not affiliate with either. By February 15, 2021, the panel will cut these applicants to 50 per party and 50 not affiliated with either, and these applicants must demonstrate certain skills. Separately, by February 16, the four legislative leaders will each submit a list of ten applicants from the original applicant pool who affiliate with one of the two major parties. Each congressional district must be represented in the panel's and the leadership's pools.

  • By March 16, the panel of judges will select four commissioners from each major party and four unaffiliated with either. Their selections must come from the randomized pool and the legislative leaders' pools. By March 30, the Commission must be convened by the Governor, and its initial plan must be released 113 days after the commission is convened or after census data is available, whichever is later. There must be a final plan by September 15, 2021.

Criteria

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Colorado law requires that state legislative and congressional districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, preserve communities of interest, and be drawn to promote competitiveness. Additionally, for state legislative districts only, intentionally favoring or disfavoring an incumbent, party, or candidate for office is prohibited.

Public Input

Both of these commissions will have the same public input requirements but with different deadlines. Within 20 days of convening, each commission shall receive written comment about preliminary maps and about communities of interest. Both commissions must also conduct at least three public hearings in each congressional district and accept public comment through their websites. The public hearing deadline for the congressional commission is July 7, 2021. The deadline for the state legislative commission is July 21, 2021.

Issues

Representation of communities of interest and minority groups.

Based upon a recent estimate of congressional seat changes following the 2020 census, Colorado is poised to gain one congressional seat.

Actions

Participate in the Commission's public comment process.

  • Obtain redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

  • Submit these maps to the Commission as a public comment.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by independent redistricting commission
State Boundaries: Drawn by independent redistricting commission
Legislative Control: Democratic
Governor's Political Party: Democratic
Last Updated: Feb 17 2020