Draw the lines and draw ‘em blind!
Grantham’s Redistricting Plan Moves Forward
DENVER – Colorado may have a fairer and more impartial process for drawing legislative and congressional district boundaries after Senate Concurrent Resolutions 4 and 5 passed the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today on a unanimous 5 to 0 vote.
The resolutions, sponsored by the bipartisan coalition of Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Cañon City) and Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder), are the result of months (and years) of discussion and collaboration between dozens of statewide organizations, both political parties, and legislators. The resolutions simply refer two measures to the voters, enabling them to have the final say on how our electoral districts are crafted.
“There’s nothing exciting about electoral maps, but in order to ensure that our elections are fair and truly represent every Coloradan, it’s an issue that needs a solution,” said President Grantham. “I am proud to see this bipartisan effort come together like it has, and I am excited to see it move forward. This has the potential to be one of the biggest victories we see come out of the Capitol in 2018.”
The unlikely alliance doesn’t stop with Grantham and Fenberg, as over 80 organizations, from across the political spectrum, have stepped forward to support this plan of action.
Some key aspects of the legislation:
- Creates independent commissions to oversee creation of the maps, with balanced input from Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated voters.
- Establishes criteria for maps that prohibits gerrymandering and ensures compliance with federal voting laws.
- Takes partisan politics and the courts out of the map-drawing process.
- Ensures transparency throughout the entire process, including open meetings, open records, and compliance with other sunshine laws.
SCR-4 and SCR-5 now move to the Committee on Legislative Council for consideration.