Letter to the Editor: Fight gerrymandering

Posted 8/14/18

I have faith that when our democratic elections are protected from unfair practices like gerrymandering, that our government will represent the will of the people. When we vote this November, we will …

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Letter to the Editor: Fight gerrymandering

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I have faith that when our democratic elections are protected from unfair practices like gerrymandering, that our government will represent the will of the people. When we vote this November, we will have the opportunity to protect Colorado from unfair gerrymandering by voting for the Fair Maps Amendments Y and Z.

Gerrymandering happens when district lines are drawn to deliberately favor the election of one party over another. This practice is not new and is done by both parties. It is described as when “the politicians choose their voters instead of the voters choosing their politicians” because typically the party in power determines district lines — a significant partisan advantage. Currently in Colorado, the state legislature determines congressional district lines.

Amendments Y and Z were passed this year through unanimous bipartisan agreement in the state Senate and House. Now we get to vote on these amendments in November’s election. If approved, these amendments would create a non-partisan committee, staffed with an equal number of Democrats, Republicans, and independents, who determine Colorado’s district lines. Commissioners cannot be professional lobbyists, candidates, or paid campaign workers. Meetings are subject to open meeting laws and require public hearings to ensure citizen engagement. The idea is to ensure that district lines are drawn in such a way as to prevent gerrymandering and ensure that everyone’s votes count.

I’m excited about the opportunity to protect Colorado from gerrymandering! Please vote yes on both Amendments Y and Z this November.

Robin Kupernik,
Arvada

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