There are separate selection processes for the Congressional and Legislative Redistricting Commissions, but each operates in the same manner. Our quick reference graphic covers both:
Each commission must have 12 members: 4 from the state's largest political party, which is currently the Democratic Party; 4 from the state's second largest political party, which is currently the Republican Party; and 4 who are not affiliated with any political party. Each commission must include at least one member residing in each current congressional district and at least one member from the Western Slope. Each commission must, to the extent possible, reflect Colorado's racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity. The members of the commissions are appointed from a pool of applicants as described below. The law also addresses how to remove a commissioner and fill a vacancy.
Phase One. Individuals apply using online application process.
Phase Two. Nonpartisan staff review of applications for the initial applicant pool.
Phase Three. The judicial panel randomly selects 300 Democrats, 300 Republicans, and 450 unaffiliated voters to establish a selection pool of 1,050 people.
Phase Four. The judicial panel reviews applications and narrows the pool down to 50 Democrats, 50 Republicans, and 50 unaffiliated voters to establish a pool of 150 people.
Phase Five. The judicial panel randomly selects 6 commissioners (2 Democrats, 2 Republicans, and 2 unaffiliated voters) from the 150-person pool.
Phase Six. 4 legislative leaders select 10 applicants each from the initial applicant pool and submit them to the judicial panel.
Phase Seven. The judicial panel selects 4 commissioners, 1 from each of the legislative leaders’ pools.
Phase Eight. The judicial panel selects 2 commissioners from the original pool of 450 randomly selected unaffiliated voters.
Judicial Selection Panels
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats has appointed six retired appellate court judges to serve on the two panels that will select the members of the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions.
At the February 1, 2021 meeting of the selection panel for the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission and the February 12, 2021 meeting of the selection panel for the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission, the judges on each panel will identify the names of 50 Democrats, 50 Republicans, and 50 unaffiliated applicants from which the first six commissioners will be chosen by lot. Once directed to do so by the panel, redistricting staff will place a link on the redistricting website (https://redistricting.colorado.gov/) to the lists of names. The names will also be displayed on the screen for those attending the meeting virtually or in person. The names on the list will be numbered 1-50 (unaffiliated), 51-100 (Democrats), and 101-150 (Republicans). Bingo balls with corresponding numbers will be placed in three revolving Bingo drums.
The selection panel decided to choose commissioners by lot from the pools (unaffiliated, Democratic, and Republican) in the same order the pools are listed in section 44.1 (8)(b)(I)(II)(III) of the state constitution. At the direction of the panel, staff will proceed as follows:
1. Draw one ball from the unaffiliated drum—that will be the number of the first commissioner.
2. Draw one ball from the Democratic drum—if that number is not from the same Congressional district as the previously chosen individual, it will be the number of the second commissioner. If the drawn number represents the same Congressional district as the previously chosen commissioner, it will be set aside and balls will continue to be drawn until a candidate who represents a new Congressional district is chosen.
3. Draw one ball from the Republican drum—follow the procedure listed above until a Republican commissioner is chosen who represents an unchosen Congressional district.
4. Continue to follow the same process, starting again with the unaffiliated drum, until six commissioners are selected who represent six different Congressional districts.
Below is staff's required posting of all ineligible applicants for each commission. Individual applicant pages also note eligibility.