State Supreme Court hears testimony on congressional redistricting map

DENVER (KDVR) – A battle about who should vote for which candidate in Colorado. Tuesday, it went up to the state Supreme Court.

An independent redistricting commission decides which areas should be represented by members of the U.S. Congress, this map separates the state, separates the provinces and redistributes voters to different districts. , including a new 8th district. Although Coloradans voted to have the district map, some people were unhappy with the outcome.

Fifteen different groups filed a brief in court to explain their take on the map. While some technical issues were found, others were making moral arguments against the plan.

In the first year the state used a bipartisan commission to redraw lines for a new member of Congress, some said the commission did not prioritize diversity.

“Districts are drawn based on the first, five racially neutral criteria and only then, only after all that judgment has been made and we go back and look at the map is the commission with the duty of inquiry we make sure that aren’t we diluting minority electoral influence? ”Kendra Beckwith with the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization said.

While some saw issues with declining representation, others raised the issue of privacy.

Denver City and County attorneys said there was an issue with the lines at the two precincts on the map where people could find out how people living there voted.

“It’s a bit questionable, and we’ve identified a potential problem and we’re going to bring it up before the Colorado Supreme Court because it’s important,” Denver Clerk and Record Paul Lopez said. “Voter anonymity is important, and it’s important to us: every single person who votes should have voter anonymity.”

While each brief has its own issue for magistrates to consider, Douglas County commissioners said the plan is not flawless, but they will accept it if they keep their county together.

“Actually, we’re pretty happy here in Douglas County. The county is in the whole whole, we know we have that part where Aurora comes to Douglas County that stays in the 6th Congressional District. We’re not really aligned. in the Denver metropolitan area, but we’re still in the 4th Congressional District, ”said Commissioner George Teal, of Douglas County’s 2nd district.

The commission was given the opportunity to respond to the narratives. They told the groups the process they used to create the maps was thorough, undergoing 40 public hearings and going through thousands of written comments and more than 100 proposed maps. They could be set to hear more if the court returns it to the commission on Nov. 1.

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