Colorado has recently gained a new seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Every ten years after the Census has been taken, population data for each state is analyzed. Population data from the census determines how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our population grew almost 15% in the last decade which led to our gain of an eighth seat in the House. Elections for the new seat in Congress will be held in November 2022.
Since April members of the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission have been working to design a new congressional district map for Colorado. The state’s population will be divided up equally between the eight districts. Their proposed map was approved by the Colorado Supreme Court on November 1st.
This year has marked a watershed for congressional redistricting in Colorado. For the first time, the state’s congressional district map is not the product of politics or litigation. It is instead the product of public input, transparent deliberation, and compromise among twelve ordinary voters representing the diversity of our state.
–Justice Monica Marquez from the Colorado Supreme Court Decision
The independent redistricting commission comprised of four Democrats, four Republicans and four unaffiliated voters, a new model for the state. The commission strived to make the whole process transparent. A visit to their website provides access to meeting materials, previous versions of the maps, and FAQs about the process.
The final approved plan is available online along with all the supporting documents, population reports, election results and voter registration information for each district. There is also an interactive map you can use to type in an address to see what congressional district you will be in.
Maps have also been submitted for the state legislative districts. The court will rule on the state legislative plans by November 15, 2021.