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Unaffiliated voters could be getting more of a voice in election districts

Posted: 6:11 PM, Jun 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-05 20:11:34-04

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.