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Contact: Abby Leeper Gibson
Communications and Outreach Consultant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 1, 2021
 

Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission Counsel Submits Final Congressional Plan to Colorado Supreme Court


DENVER -- Today, redistricting counsel submitted the final congressional plan to the Colorado Supreme Court. The filing can be viewed at https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/Amicus.cfm.
 
The plan was adopted by the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 28 with a vote of 11 commissioners in favor and one opposed.
 
According to the Colorado Constitution, the Supreme Court will review the submitted plan and determine whether the plan complies with the criteria listed in section 44.3 of article V, listed below. The court's review and determination will take precedence over other matters before the court. The Colorado Supreme Court will issue an opinion no later than Nov. 1.
 
As stated in the Colorado Constitution, the new congressional districts must:

  • Have equal population, justifying each variance, no matter how small, as required by the U.S. Constitution;
  • Be composed of contiguous geographic areas;
  • Comply with the federal "Voting Rights Act of 1965," as amended;
  • Preserve whole communities of interest and whole political subdivisions, such as counties, cities, and towns;
  • Be as compact as is reasonably possible; and
  • Thereafter, maximize the number of politically competitive districts.
Districts cannot be drawn for the purpose of:
  • Protecting incumbents or declared candidates of the U.S. House of Representatives or any political party; or
  • Denying or abridging the right of any citizen to vote on account of that person's race or membership in a language minority group, including diluting the impact of that racial or language minority group's electoral influence.

If the Supreme Court determines that the submitted plan constitutes an abuse of discretion in applying or failing to apply the criteria above, the court can return the plan to the commission with the court's reasons for disapproval. If the court returns the plan, the commission will have 12 days to hold a commission hearing that includes public testimony and to return an adopted plan that resolves the court's reasons for disapproval. The supreme court will then have until Dec. 15 to approve the revised plan.
 

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