Colorado Neighborhood Coalition

Fight Against Gerrymandering

Fight
Against
Gerrymandering

Help Draw Fair & Competitive Districts

Colorado Neighborhood Coalition is committed to promoting the development of fair congressional and legislative maps in Colorado in 2021. How maps are drawn affects the fate of elections and the balance of power in the Colorado Legislature and Colorado’s congressional delegation for five election cycles (10 years) after each Census. Our goal is to promote the development of fair maps that afford either of the major political parties an opportunity to win the State Senate, State House and Colorado congressional districts.

Two citizen commissions will be appointed to fairly draw competitive legislative and congressional districts without favoring incumbents or political parties. You can serve on one of these commissions!

What is redistricting?

Every 10 years, after the decennial Census, the U.S. Constitution and United States Supreme Court require states to redraw congressional and legislative districts to equalize population. This process is called redistricting.

What is Gerrymandering?

In practice, the process of redistricting is highly political. Interest groups, such as political parties and incumbent politicians, work behind the scenes to draw districts to their advantage. Often, one party will attempt to “pack” as many of the opposing party’s voters into as few districts as possible to make the surrounding districts more favorable to their own party. This is called gerrymandering. In recent decades, Colorado has increasingly experienced gerrymandering.

The commission previously responsible for drawing State Senate and House maps was controlled by one party. The state Legislature, which is responsible for drawing congressional districts, was unable to agree to maps, forcing a single Denver District Court judge to pick a map from those submitted to the court. The following simple diagram displays how map-drawers can gerrymander a state.

What is Redistricting?

Every 10 years, after the decennial Census, the U.S. Constitution and United States Supreme Court require states to redraw congressional and legislative districts to equalize population. This process is called redistricting.

What is Gerrymandering?

In practice, the process of redistricting is highly political. Interest groups, such as political parties and incumbent politicians, work behind the scenes to draw districts to their advantage. Often, one party will attempt to “pack” as many of the opposing party’s voters into as few districts as possible to make the surrounding districts more favorable to their own party. This is called gerrymandering. In recent decades, Colorado has increasingly experienced gerrymandering.

The commission previously responsible for drawing State Senate and House maps was controlled by one party. The state Legislature, which is responsible for drawing congressional districts, was unable to agree to maps, forcing a single Denver District Court judge to pick a map from those submitted to the court. The following simple diagram displays how map-drawers can gerrymander a state.

Do Your Part to Stop Gerrymandering

You can help stop gerrymandering by applying for the Congressional and Legislative Redistricting Commissions. Fair-minded citizens committed to the state’s constitution will ensure fair maps for the next 10 years.

Get Familiar with the Application: Tips to Make it Easy

Applications to Serve on the Redistricting Commissions will be available August 2020.

If you are interested in applying, let us know your name, email, and zip code and we will provide you with an application when it is available.

Apply Today!

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Your information will be used to communicate with you about the application process.  It will not be sold to or shared with any outside group.

Have a question about how to apply?
Contact us at (720) 295-1662

Applications to Serve on the Redistricting Commissions will be available August 2020.

If you are interested in applying, let us know your name, email, and zip code and we will provide you with an application when it is available.

Apply Today!

9 + 10 =

Your information will be used to communicate with you about the application process.  It will not be sold to or shared with any outside group.

Have a question about how to apply? Contact us at (720) 295-1662

Colorado Neighborhood Coalition, P.O. Box 19730, Denver, CO 80219 | (720) 295-1662 | admin@coloradoneighborhoodcoalition.org