Redistricting

With the census of 2020, Colorado is picking up one more Congressional seat. That brings our total to 8. To fit the new district onto the Colorado map all of the districts must be redrawn. That job falls to the ‘Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission’. They have released their ‘preliminary map’.

Preliminary redistricting map on August 3 2021

There is one massive problem with this – It locks in 7 out of the 8 Congressional Districts to be either Democratic or Republican. In other words 7 out of 8 Colorado voters will not have a real choice in Congressional elections. So why should they vote at all? I thought that we wanted as many eligible voters voting as we could get. Not according to this map.
A simple truth in elections is that R’s mostly vote for Republicans, and D’s mostly vote for Democrats. That’s a fact and no one questions it. That’s the entire basis for gerrymandering. If you have an area that you must split up into 5 equal population divisions, if you gather a great quantity of one party into one of those divisions, then the other party has a huge chance of winning the 4 other divisions, because they will have a numeric advantage in all 4 of those divisions. This is happening across the country as you read this.
The end result of this is that The Primary will be the election that matters in those locked-in 7 districts. We all know that the extreme Right wins most of the Republican primaries, and the extreme Left wins most of the Democratic primaries. Then those extremists will be elected in the general election, be sent to Washington, where they’ll fight like cats and dogs – get nothing done – while we’d like them to work together on the business of the country.
The solution is to draw a map with as many competitive districts as possible. Then we’ll have more than one district electing a moderate, we’ll send more moderates to Congress, and (Hopefully) they’ll get more done. This preliminary map is part (if not all) of the problem, and it’s none of the solution.

CD 1 ………. 77% D …….. 21% R …….. Diff 56% ….. This will elect a Democrat every time, even if he/she were named ‘Trump’

CD 2 ………. 69% D …….. 35% R …….. Diff 27% ….. This will elect a Democrat every time

CD 3 ………. 53% R …….. 43% D …….. Diff 10% ….. This will elect a Republican every time

CD 4 ………. 60% R …….. 37% D …….. Diff 23% ….. This will elect a Republican every time

CD 5 ………. 58% R …….. 38% D …….. Diff 20% ….. This will elect a Republican every time

CD 6 ………. 55% D …….. 42% R …….. Diff 13% ….. This will elect a Democrat every time

CD 7 ………. 50% R …….. 47% D …….. Diff 3% ……… A competitive district

CD 8 ………. 52% D …….. 44% R …….. Diff 7% ….. This will elect a Democrat most of the time.

Note: These numbers were taken from the 2018 Colorado Attorney General Election