Y & Z – Redistricting

Redistricting

Fair Maps Colorado is backing referred measures that would prohibit gerrymandering and create fair and competitive congressional and legislative districts. They will make Colorado a national model for putting effective representation of voters at the forefront of redistricting efforts.

With a new Census around the corner and dramatic growth set to give Colorado an eighth congressional seat by 2022, now is the time to improve our existing system.

Fair Maps Colorado presented redistricting reforms that included independent redistricting commissions and emphasis on fairness and better representation to the Legislature in its 2018 session.

In an unprecedented show of leadership on the issue, the General Assembly put redistricting reform ahead of partisanship and referred two measures to the ballot this fall by votes of 100-0:

AMENDMENT Y
Congressional redistricting

AMENDMENT Z
Legislative redistricting

PARTICIPATION

Fair and effective representation for all Colorado voters (e.g. minority and rural communities and other communities of interest).

FAIRNESS

Clear criteria for map-drawing and prohibitions on gerrymandering. Heightened open meetings, public record and ethical rules.

REPRESENTATION

Create independent commissions with balanced representation from Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters.

COMPETITION

Competition icon: Independent commissions directed to maximize number of competitive congressional and legislative districts in Colorado

MAKEUP OF INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSIONS

Each comprised of 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats and 4 independent voters to better reflect state’s political makeup.

  • Applications reviewed and pool narrowed by panel of 3 retired judges.
  • First 6 seats (2Rs, 2Ds and 2Us) filled via lottery.
  • Retired-judge panel unanimously selects final 6 members (2Rs, 2Ds and 2Us), working to reflect Colorado geographically and demographically.
COLORADO HAS:

3267356      REGISTERED VOTERS
35                 STATE SENATE DISTRICTS
7                 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS
65               STATE HOUSE DISTRICTS

ACTIVE VOTERS BY PARTY:
Unaffiliated    37%
Republican     31%
Democratic    31%