Is Gerrymandering Really a Problem in Colorado?

We’re just a few years away from the next round of redistricting, and several states are starting to rethink how best to determine district lines. In Colorado in particular, two ballot initiatives in the upcoming election would change the process by which the state draws up its districts. But would such reform really change anything?

The two initiatives on Colorado’s ballot, Amendments Y and Z, would create independent redistricting commissions for congressional and state legislative districts, respectively. These commissions would consist of 12 members each with specific partisan affiliations—four Democrats, four Republicans, and four unaffiliated voters. For a plan to pass, it would need to earn the approval of eight members of the commission, including at least two unaffiliated voters. (Currently, the state legislature redraws the congressional districts, while a bipartisan commission draws up the lines for the legislature.) This independent commission approach is similar to that used in California.

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