Congressional redistricting in Colorado is signed, sealed and delivered

BY FREDA MIKLIN
STAFF WRITER

On November 1, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling stating its finding that the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission acted lawfully and “did not abuse its direction in applying the substantive criteria set forth in Article V Section 44.3 of the Colorado Constitution in adopting the plan. The court therefore approves the plan and orders the Commission to file the plan with the Colorado Secretary of State no later than December 15, 2021, as required by… The Colorado Constitution.” That ruling ended a process that began in 2018 when voters, with the endorsement of the leaders of both major political parties, adopted Amendment Y to the state constitution removing congressional redistricting authority from the General Assembly and transferring it to the new Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission. The process began in earnest for the first time this summer with preliminary maps drawn by professional staff followed by dozens of public hearings around the state that began in July and ended shortly before the final proposed map was required to be submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court on October 1.

This map shows the final boundaries of Colorado’s eight congressional districts as they will appear for the November 2022 election. It was taken directly from the state Supreme Court’s opinion document.

The full opinion and explanation from the Court comprises 61 pages without appendices and maps and can be found on the Court’s website. Most analysts believe that the final maps support the incumbent congressional representatives in districts one through seven, currently represented by four Democrats and three Republicans. The only one who is considered to have even a potential fight to retain his seat a year from now is congressional district seven’s Ed Perlmutter.   

This is a map of the new 8th Congressional District of Colorado.

The new eighth congressional district which includes Brighton, Commerce City, Greeley, Northglenn, Thornton and most of Westminster and is, according to one source, 39 percent Hispanic, is considered to be competitive between Democrats and Republicans. Two local elected officials, Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco and Thornton state Rep. Yadira Caraveo, both Democrats, have already announced their intentions to run for the Democratic nomination for the new seat. 

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