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Redistricting commissions diverge on prison gerrymandering, and the 3rd Congressional District revisited

Colorado’s two independent redistricting commissions diverged this week over a policy to change how people living in state prisons are counted in the mapmaking process, with those against the change citing the commissions’ independence from partisan politics.  The commissions were considering whether to implement a law passed by Democratic state lawmakers in 2020, House Bill […]

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Remapping Colorado: Census data comes a few days early and the week ahead in redistricting

After more than four months of delays and scrambling over redistricting deadlines, the 2020 U.S. Census data will be released a few days early. The U.S. Census Bureau tweeted Thursday that the final population data will be released on Aug. 12, rather than Aug. 16 as was expected. “It’s a little padding for us,” said Jessika Shipley, staff director for the independent […]

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Independent commission redrawing Colorado’s congressional map pushes its final deadline to Oct. 1

The commission overseeing the once-a-decade redrawing of Colorado’s congressional map has given itself an extra month to submit a final plan to the Colorado Supreme Court. The extension is aimed at giving the commission’s staff time to crunch final population data expected later this month and avoid cutting back public hearings on how the state’s […]

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Colorado’s new redistricting process faces a time crunch. The state Supreme Court will decide whether to push back deadlines.

With September’s constitutional deadlines looming for the submission of final redistricting maps, Colorado’s independent congressional and legislative redistricting commissions are calling on the Colorado Supreme Court to move deadlines and buy more time.  “This is an extraordinary and highly challenging redistricting year,” the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission wrote in a request to the court earlier […]

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“We’re (expletive) idiots”: Some Democrats regret Colorado’s new redistricting process now that their party is in charge

In 2018, when Colorado Republicans and Democrats worked together to send Amendments Y and Z to voters in an attempt to tamp down the partisanship in the once-in-a-decade redistricting process, the state’s political landscape looked a lot different.  The GOP controlled the state Senate, a U.S. Senate seat and the offices of treasurer, secretary of […]

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Colorado’s redistricting commissions are holding public hearings. Here’s where and how you can get involved.

Coloradans have a chance to have their voices heard on proposals for redrawn congressional and legislative districts starting Friday in Lamar and continuing with a total of 32 meetings around the state through the end of August. The gatherings are the public’s opportunity to address both the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission and Independent Legislative Redistricting […]

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First draft of Colorado’s new state Senate, House district maps could pit 20 incumbents against each other

Colorado House and Senate district maps drawn as the state begins its once-a-decade redistricting process placed a number of incumbent lawmakers into the same districts, setting the stage for election battles next year.  The maps, rough drafts prepared by nonpartisan redistricting staff and presented Tuesday morning to the Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission, are expected […]