Democrats can be poised to retain their present benefits within the state legislature, beneath new maps accepted by an unbiased fee this week.
The fee — comprising 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 4 unaffiliated voters — will now submit its state Home and Senate maps to the Colorado Supreme Court docket for last evaluation.
The Home map accepted Monday suggests a 42-23 edge for Democrats, primarily based on knowledge from current years’ election outcomes. The present break up is 41-24 in Democrats’ favor.
It was not instantly clear what the projected break up can be on the Senate map, accepted Tuesday, for the reason that model the commissioned adopted was drawn on the fly throughout a dwell Zoom assembly. That model made slight modifications to a earlier drafted map that projected 22 districts leaning in Democrats’ favor, to 13 for Republicans.
However each the Home and Senate maps would have many doubtlessly aggressive seats, which was one of many objectives of this fee. Latest election outcomes recommend margins of three.1% or beneath in 9 Home districts, and margins of three.8% or beneath in seven Senate districts.
“It’s my honest hope that Coloradans will probably be not solely pretty represented however enfranchised to the best diploma attainable with the maps we’ve put ahead right here,” Amber McReynolds of Denver, an unaffiliated fee member and nationwide elections knowledgeable, stated after the vote.
This brings to a near-end a quick and generally hectic 2.5-month course of by the fee to attract new Home and Senate traces to face for the following 10 years in Colorado. It’s written primarily based on new 2020 U.S. Census knowledge that exhibits Colorado is rising, diversifying and urbanizing.
That very same knowledge knowledgeable the proposed new congressional map for Colorado. That map, which features a new eighth District north of Denver, was drawn by a separate fee that additionally had equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters. The state Supreme Court docket heard oral arguments on that map Tuesday and may return suggestions — together with attainable modifications — to the congressional redistricting fee by Nov. 1.
The courtroom may also hear arguments on the statehouse maps, and could have a Nov. 15 to return suggestions to the legislative fee.
This was the primary time Colorado has used these unbiased commissions to attract new political maps. Voters accepted a pair of poll measures in 2018 that had been meant to get rid of the possibility of partisan benefit in redistricting.