Colorado Redistricting Commission Selection Process
The required timeline for selecting the independent redistricting commission is set forth in the amendments. Below is the timeline for the upcoming 2021 redistricting cycle:
Step 1: Voters Apply
The application period opened August 10th, 2020. All registered voters in the state, with certain exceptions, are eligible to apply. The last day to apply is November 10th, 2020.
Step 2: Colorado Reviews Applications
Nonpartisan legislative staff collect the applications and discard those that are incomplete or are submitted by individuals who are disqualified from serving.
Step 3: Applicants are Randomly Selected
By December 9, 2020, a panel of three judges will select, at random, 300 Democrats, 300 Republicans, and 450 Unaffiliated applicants.
Step 4: Applicant Pool is Narrowed
By January 8, 2021, the judicial panel will then narrow applicants to 50 Democrats, 50 Republicans, and 50 Unaffiliateds. From this pool, two applicants of each political affiliation will be chosen at random for both commissions, congressional and state legislative, for a total of 12 commissioners.
Step 5: Legislative Leaders Submit Applicants to the Pool
By January 26, 2021, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the state House and Senate will submit 10 applicants, per commission, to the panel from the original pool of eligible applicants.
Step 6: Final Commission Members are Chosen
By January 29, 2021, the Judicial panel selects four applicants, per commission, from the Majority and Minority leader lists and selects 2 Unaffiliated voters, per commission, from the random pool of 450 generated in Round 1.
Step 7: Commission holds public meetings
Between February 2021 and late summer 2021, the Commission must hold public hearings before drafting plans and to gather public feedback on proposed plans between ???.
Step 8: Final map approved
Date? Last day for Commission to adopt final maps.