Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission Adopts Updated Timeline
The Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission today adopted a revised schedule under Colorado Constitution Article V, Section 44.5(1), in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling released on July 26, 2021, and also delays due to impacts caused by COVID-19 and the U.S. Census Bureau’s ability to provide final census data for the 2020 Census. The revised schedule will allow enough time for the commission to submit a final plan to the Colorado Supreme Court by October 1.
The revised schedule is as follows:
- August 16: This is the anticipated date when the United States Census Bureau will release its final Decennial Census data in legacy format. Upon receiving the final data, non-partisan staff will immediately begin processing and tabulating that data for use in staff plans.
- September 5: Nonpartisan staff posts the first staff plan online. This plan will include the processed and tabulated final census data.
- September 6: Nonpartisan staff presents the first staff plan to the Commission.
- September 7-11: During this timeframe, the Commission holds additional hearings in each existing Congressional district to allow public input on a map drawn using final census data. Hearing details will be forthcoming. Once these additional hearings are complete, the Commission could approve a final plan for submission to the Colorado Supreme Court at any time.
- September 15: Nonpartisan staff posts the second staff plan online (if necessary).
- September 16: Nonpartisan staff presents a second staff plan (if necessary).
- September 23: Nonpartisan staff posts the third staff plan online (if necessary).
- September 24: Nonpartisan staff presents a third staff plan (if necessary).
- September 28: Deadline for the Commission to approve a final plan or the unamended third staff plan is submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court.
- October 1: Deadline for nonpartisan staff and outside legal counsel to prepare and file the final plan with the Colorado Supreme Court.
For more information about the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions, please visit redistricting.colorado.gov.