Frequently Asked Questions

General 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: professional registered lobbyists, certain elected public officials, or elected political party officials above the precinct level. No commissioners may serve on both commissions.
The state constitution specifies that each commission must include four commissioners who are not affiliated with any political party (unaffiliated), four commissioners affiliated with the state's largest political party (Democratic Party), and four commissioners who are affiliated with the state's second largest political party (Republican Party). Those affiliated with a minor political party (Green, Libertarian, etc.) are not eligible to serve on either commission.
The state constitution prohibits anyone from applying who is or was "an elected public official at the federal, state, county, or municipal level in Colorado" within the three years preceding the application deadline. This means that since November 10, 2017, you cannot apply if you have held any of the following elected positions: U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, State Senator, State Representative, State Board of Education, University of Colorado Board of Regents, County Commissioner, Clerk and Recorder, Sheriff, Coroner, Surveyor, Assessor, Treasurer, Mayor, City Council Member, Town Trustee, or any other elected federal, state, county, or municipal official. Those holding elected positions on school boards or for special districts are not excluded from applying. Additionally, an applicant for the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission cannot have been a candidate for federal elective office since November 10, 2015, and an applicant for the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission cannot have been a candidate for the General Assembly since November 10, 2015.
The Colorado Constitution requires candidates for the redistricting commissions to be "either unaffiliated with any political party or affiliated with the same political party for a consecutive period of no less than five years at the time of the application." If you have changed your affiliation in the last five years, you are not eligible to serve as a commissioner.
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.
Letters of recommendation and other supplemental materials can be addressed to Jessika Shipley, Staff Director, and submitted as part of the online application.