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Voter Issues in Colorado

FEBRUARY 2020

• Colorado: Democrats in both chambers of the legislature have passed a bill largely along party lines to end the practice of prison gerrymandering by counting incarcerated people for redistricting purposes at their last address instead of where they are imprisoned (and can't even vote). Supporters expect Democratic Gov. Jared Polis to sign it into law. Roughly 19,000 people would be reassigned from locations with prisons to their prior communities, which could shift representation at the legislative and local levels from whiter communities with prisons to urban communities of color.

Colorado: Democrats have passed a bill out of a Senate committee along party lines to end prison gerrymandering by counting incarcerated people for redistricting purposes at their last address instead of where they are imprisoned (and can't even vote). State House Democrats already passed the bill, and if the Democrats pass the bill on the full Senate floor, it would go to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis for his signature.

 

• Colorado: Colorado's Democratic-run state House has given its approval nearly along party lines to a bill that would end the practice of "prison gerrymandering" by counting incarcerated people for redistricting purposes at their last address instead of where they are imprisoned (and can't even vote). The bill now goes to the state Senate, where Democrats also hold a majority.

JANUARY 2020

 

Colorado: Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that would end the practice of "prison gerrymandering" by counting incarcerated people for redistricting purposes at their last address. Colorado Politics reports that the state has "more than 20,000 people incarcerated," meaning the impact would likely be most consequential at the local level in jurisdictions that house a prison. Democrats hold full control of state government, but it's unclear if there is support for passing this bill into law.

 

DECEMBER 2019

• Colorado: Conservative activists have placed an initiative on the 2020 ballot that would amend Colorado's constitution to ban noncitizens from voting in state or local elections. If the measure ultimately takes effect, it would replace constitutional language saying "[e]very citizen ... shall be qualified to vote" with language that says "[o]nly a citizen ... shall be qualified to vote." This would prevent cities from granting voting rights in local elections to authorized immigrants who lack citizenship.