Frequently Asked Questions

Applications will be available beginning August 10, 2020, and must be submitted by November 10, 2020.
Nonpartisan commission staff will review all applications to make sure they meet minimum qualifications. Panels of retired judges will review applicants after an initial random selection, and narrow the pools before another random selection. Legislative leadership will also be able to review applications to select their pools of candidates.
Yes. Certain information from all applications will be immediately published on this website. Full applications are public records subject to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA).
Yes. Pursuant to Senate Bill 20-186, members of the commissions receive a per diem of $200 for attendance at regularly scheduled meetings of the commission, as well as reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred while performing official duties, together with mileage at the rate at which members of the General Assembly are reimbursed ($0.52/mile). The law also specifies that a member of the commission who is a state officer or employee shall not claim per diem compensation from more than one source for official activities on the same day.
Staff anticipates each commission will meet 4-6 times in February and March, 2021, and at least 25 times in summer and early fall of 2021. Many of these meetings will be held at the State Capitol Building in Denver. However, the state constitution requires each commission to conduct at least 3 public hearings in each of the state's 7 congressional districts, so commissioners will also be expected to travel to these hearings.
The state constitution puts restrictions on commissioners that are reflected in the application process. The application wizard will reject applicants who are ineligible to be commissioners based on their answers to the questions. All applicants must be registered to vote in Colorado, must have voted in the last two general elections (2016 and 2018) in Colorado, and must have been affiliated with the same political party or not affiliated with any political party for the last five years. Congressional redistricting commissioners cannot have been a candidate for federal office within the last five years or been paid by a member of or candidate for Congress within the last three years. Legislative redistricting commissioners cannot have been a candidate for the state legislature within the last five years or been paid by a member of or candidate for the state legislature within the last three years. Commissioners on either commission cannot have been any of the following within the last three years: a professional registered lobbyist, an elected public official, or an elected political party official above the precinct level. No commissioners may serve on both commissions.
Yes. If you wish to be considered for both commissions you must apply separately to each commission. However, you cannot be selected to serve on both commissions.
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The Colorado Constitution allows the commissions to set rules establishing electronic attendance at commission hearings. We anticipate opportunities for commissioners to participate virtually and for members of the public to testify remotely before the commissions. Members of the public will also be able to submit maps and written comments online, and audio from all hearings will be broadcast online and recorded.