Proposal for Colorado’s new congressional districts released
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - An independent commission presented a first draft map of the state’s new congressional districts on Wednesday, including the State’s new 8th district.
You can view the new map at the top of this article or by clicking here. You can view the current map at the bottom of this article.
This not only impacts Coloradans who will live in the new district’s boundaries, but it will also change existing district lines, therefore thousands of Coloradans will have a new face representing them in Congress.
Colorado is one of 6 states that gained representation in the U.S. House because of data gathered during The 2020 Census. According to Reuters, Colorado is the first state of those 6 expected to present a redistricting plan.
Colorado currently has 7 districts, 4 of which are represented by democrats, and 3 by republicans. If the new district elects a republican, it would give Colorado equal representation from both parties in The House of Representatives.
The latest map is a proposal and has the 5th Congressional seat, which is currently held by Republica Doug Lamborn, as only El Paso County.
Public hearings on the proposal are expected in the coming months including ones in Woodland Park and Pueblo on Aug. 20 according to the Joint Independent Redistricting Commission Calendar. Another one is scheduled for Colorado Springs on Aug. 28.
Click here for more information on the proposal.
Of the existing 7 districts, those in and around Denver are geographically small. The Colorado Springs area does not have the same effect, as the city is part of District 5, which has a much larger land mass than the districts in and around Denver. Both of the major cities, however, are main sources of Colorado’s population boom-- which is the reason why the state is getting more representation in Congress.
You can view the current map below:
The redistricting plan being presented is subject to change. Colorado’s new representative will be elected in November 2022.
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