Amendments Y and Z

Amendment Y – Vote Yes
Congressional Redistrict Panel

Establishes an independent commission for Federal Congressional redistricting

Details:

  • Would create 12-member redistricting commission for 7 Colorado Congressional Districts
  • The commission would include:

four members from the state’s largest political party

four from the state’s second largest political party

four that are not affiliated with any political party – and have been registered unaffiliated for 5 years or more.

  • Final map requires approval of eight of the 12 members including at least 2 independents/unaffiliated
  • It would also require approval by the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Districts would need to be competitive

Pros/Cons:

  • Eliminates the liberal Colorado Supreme Court from drawing maps
  • Back stop should Republicans not hold Governor’s office and legislature at time of redistricting
  • Reduces chances of lengthy court battles
  • Could benefit GOP based on current drawn lines
  • Passed unanimously in the senate and house
  • 4/5 of the last five times the map o has been drawn by the state district court judge who have generally been appointed by democrats (rarely friendly to conservatives) and this takes that problem away
  • Built a fail-safe map- non- partisan congressional staff – submitted to the courts to review to ensure the constructional criteria were adhered to, not to determine the map
  • Independent commission – commission members are unaffiliated
  • State supreme court review of the products- not to re-write but only assure the process was correctly done
  • NO court can draw the map
  • Partisan leadership names will be added to a bucket, vetted to be sure they meet the criteria, then selected randomly by a 3-judge panel – of the 3 judges there can not have 2 of any of the primary parties
  • Criteria for candidates that not all possible independent commissioners come from Denver county – all congressional districts must be represented and at least one from west of the continental divide. (people from across the state of Colorado (candidates to be on the independent commission)
  • Pool of applicants and final 6 have to be approved unanimously by the 3-retired judge panel of different party

Additional Information:

This is a Legislative Constitutional Amendment, which
required a bi-partisan approval by both chambers.

Amendment Z – Vote Yes
State Legislative Redistrict Panel

Establishes an independent commission for State Legislative redistricting

Details:

  • Would create 12-member redistricting commission for 65 House and 35 Senate districts
  • The commission would include

-four members from the state’s largest political party

-four from the state’s second largest political party

-four that are not affiliated with any political party – and have been registered unaffiliated for 5 years or more.

  • Final map requires approval of eight of the 12 members, including at least 2 independents
  • Colorado Supreme Court to determine if staff committed “abuse of direction”
  • Districts would need to be competitive

Pros/Cons:

  • Eliminates the liberal Colorado Supreme Court from drawing maps
  • Passed unanimously in the state senate and house
  • Back stop should Republicans not hold Governor’s office and legislature at time of redistricting
  • Reduces chances of lengthy court battles
  • Could benefit GOP based on current drawn lines
  • 4/5 of the last five times the map o has been drawn by the state district court judge who have generally been appointed by democrats (rarely friendly to conservatives) and this takes that problem away
  • Built a fail-safe map- non- partisan congressional staff – submitted to the courts to review to ensure the constructional criteria were adhered to, not to determine the map
  • Independent commission – commission members are unaffiliated
  • State supreme court review of the products- not to re-write but only assure the process was correctly done
  • NO court can draw the map
  • Partisan leadership names will be added to a bucket, vetted to be sure they meet the criteria, then selected randomly by a 3-judge panel – of the 3 judges there can not have 2 of any of the primary parties
  • Criteria for candidates that not all possible independent commissioners come from Denver county – all congressional districts must be represented and at least one from west of the continental divide. (people from across the state of Colorado (candidates to be on the independent commission)
  • Pool of applicants and final 6 have to be approved unanimously by the 3-retired judge panel of different party

Additional Information:

This is a Legislative Constitutional Amendment, which required a bi-partisan approval by both chambers.

 

For more information on all ballot measures you can go to
the following websites:

https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/ballot/contacts/2018.html#i97

https://ballotpedia.org/Colorado_2018_ballot_measures

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