HCR 1004
Background and Procedural Information

On March 27, 2008 Colorado Assemblyperson Douglas Bruce introduced Colorado House Concurrent Resolution 1004 (CO H.C.R. 1004).  As of June 4, 2008 the proposed constitutional amendment has not been moved forward.  

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Yes.  Single-member districts are a requirement.  

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

The Commission cannot use the political affiliation of citizens to develop districts.  While the proposed amendment does not specifically require compliance with the Voting Rights Act, it does require the independent commission to respect “any other federal requirements for redistricting” as its second of six formation criteria.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Commission is formed by each of the four legislative leaders of the Colorado Legislature selecting one person from their own party to serve on the Commission.  Citizens interested in being a commissioner, who are not registered with either of the two largest parties in the state, can pay a $2,000 filing fee or gather 1,000 signatures in order to be placed in a pool from which the Secretary of State will choose two members by lot.  These six commissioners will choose a final independent commissioner by casting five affirmative votes.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No.  The Commission is to four criteria ranked in order of importance to develop the districts.  Creating Competitive districts were not included among these criteria.   

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

No.  The public may submit comments in a series of at least eight public forums.   

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

It does not specifically forbid it, but it there is no mechanism to allow mid-decade redistricting to happen. 

May 14th 2008
Is the House of Representatives Too Small?

The U.S. House of Representatives has been at 435 members since 1911, when the country was a third of its current population. Research suggests that districts may now be getting too big for adequate representation.

November 15th 2006
Redistricting Reconsidered
Washington Post

Citing FairVote's Dubious Democracy 2006, an editorial notes that non-competition in U.S. House races has causes more fundamental than gerrymandering.

November 1st 2006
Lines of demarcation
Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FairVote research cited in this commentary on lopsided redistricting, uncompetitive districts and the party primary battles they inspire.

October 30th 2006
Electile Dysfunction?
News Release Wire

Former FairVote President Matthew Cossolotto calls for a range of reforms, highlighting two problems of American democracy: "counting the votes" and "making votes count."

August 19th 2006
Eliminate districts
Contra Costa Times

CA resident calls for proportional voting in one statewide district as a congressional redistricting reform.

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