Colorado Independent Redistricting Congressional Commission Adopt Standards – Political Competitiveness, Prisoner Reallocation
Commissions receive census data and staff begins tabulating and drafting redistricting plans
The Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission today embarked on a discussion of standards, guidelines and methodologies for staff plans and adopted the following:
- Political competitiveness: Use an averaged multi-year, multi-race method to measure political competitiveness. The following eight races should be used to ensure a fair, balanced federal formula:
- 2016 President
- 2016 US Senate
- 2018 Colorado Governor
- 2018 Colorado Attorney General
- 2018 Colorado Colorado Treasurer
- 2018 Colorado Secretary of State
- 2018 CU Regent-at-Large
- 2020 US Senate
- Prisoner reallocation: The commission will not direct staff to create redistricting plans using a data set that reallocates prisoners based on their home addresses rather than the locations in which they are incarcerated.
The United States Census Bureau today released data including the population growth that warrants adding an eighth additional Congressional district in Colorado. According to the US Census Bureau, the data released today provides the first look at populations for small areas and includes information on Hispanic origin, race, age 18 and over, housing occupancy and group quarters. They represent where people were living as of April 1, 2020, and are available for the nation, states and communities down to the block level.
Nonpartisan legislative staff will immediately begin processing and tabulating that data for use in staff plans. The next draft of the congressional plans will be posted online on Sunday, Sept. 5, and presented to the congressional commission on Monday, Sept. 6.