COLORADO – The Associated Press is projecting that Colorado voters have approved Amendment Y.
Amendment Y on this year’s ballot would take the responsibility of redistricting away from lawmakers in Congressional districts and in the hands of a commission to draw district maps, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.
The commission would be made up of 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats and 4 unaffiliate voters chosen by a panel of retired judges.
55 percent of voters must approve of the amendment for passage.
Amendment Y – Congressional Redistricting
Every year after the U.S. Census is released, lawmakers draw the districts that determine which races you’ll vote in for state house, senate, and congressional seats. Amendment Y would impact the representatives for Colorado’s seven congressional districts.
Opponents argue the proposed commission doesn’t allow representation for members of smaller parties such as Libertarians and the American Constitution party.
The separate Amendment Z impacts state house and state senate seats.