Skip to comments.Colorado Supreme Court strikes down new map of legislative districts (Dems Lose)
Posted on 11/16/2011 9:57:49 PM PST by Red Steel
DENVER -- That 2012 statehouse battle between Reps. Andy Kerr and Ken Summers, their two House districts drawn together by Colorado's Reapportionment Commission, is on hold.
On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the new map of Colorado's House and Senate districts approved by the commission in September.
Several state lawmakers saw their seats become a lot more competitive under the new map, drawn by Entravision CEO Mario Carerra, the unaffiliated chairman of -- and swing vote on -- the 11-member commission.
Now, after a 4-2 vote by the state's highest court, the Commission will have to reconvene and present a new map by Dec. 6.
Republicans, who have criticized Carerra's map, celebrated the news Tuesday. "The State Supreme Courts decision today validates what Colorado Republicans have been arguing all along -- that the Reapportionment Commission must first look to keeping counties boundaries whole before looking to non-constitutional criteria in drawing district boundaries," said GOP Chairman Ryan Call.
"Colorado Republicans agree with the Colorado Supreme Court that a measure of a districts so-called 'competitiveness' and other non-constitutional factors should only be considered after all other constitutional criteria of respecting counties and city boundaries have first been fully met. Respecting county boundaries and communities of interest leads to more effective representation as legislators will better reflect the perspectives and needs of the communities they are chosen to represent."
Good news. Hopefully, we can get the same result in Maryland.
The problem with many of the redistricting commissions is they have been as political in drawing new legislative boundaries as the legislatures they replaced. In California, the GOP is planning a referendum to get the state Senate map overturned that was drawn up the California commission.
NEVER let a “non-partisan” group draw redistricting maps, they are almost always pro-Democrat.
Good news for Grand County. We were going to be disenfranchised by being lumped with a front range flatlander area. I hope this holds up and the new map leaves Grand County voters alone.