This legislative session, Colorado lawmakers agreed to ask voters for a new way of drawing election districts in the state of Colorado.
Instead of the state legislature having the task of creating districts for state and congressional leaders- that responsibility will go to a committee of 12 people.
Made up of 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans, and even 4 unaffiliated voters- giving those who don’t belong to a political party a voice at the table.
With an open primary on June 26th, the state is including a large population of voters that previously haven’t been able to have the opportunity to participate in some phases of the election process.
Many lawmakers calling Colorado a pioneer in including unaffiliated voters, with the resolutions passing unanimously in both the house and the senate this legislative session.
About every decade, the year after the census is released- lawmakers typically decide how and where these districts are drawn.
It’s a process that’s often been accused of gerrymandering.