COLORADO – The AP is projecting that voters have overwhelmingly passed Amendment Z on the Colorado ballot, which would take the responsibility of redistricting away from lawmakers in Colorado’s house and senate districts.
Amendment Z shifts that responsibility to a commission to draw district maps, to lessen the practice of gerrymandering.
The commission would be made up of 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats and 4 unaffiliate voters chosen by a panel of retired judges.
55 percent of voters must approve of the amendment for passage.
Amendment Z – Legislative Redistricting
Every year after the U.S. Census is released, lawmakers draw the districts that determine which races you’ll vote in for state house, senate, and congressional seats. Amendment Z would impact the representatives for Colorado’s state house and senate seats.
Opponents argue the proposed commission doesn’t allow representation for members of smaller parties such as Libertarians and the American Constitution party.
The separate Amendment Y impacts Colorado’s seven congressional districts.