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B Ellis

Commission: both

Zip: 81301

Submittted: October 19, 2021

Comment:

The spirit of the Amendments Y and Z were to eliminate gerrymandering by creating a tri-partisan committee of Republican, Democrats and Unaffiliated members. However, the Unaffiliated members appear to all side with the Republican members of your redistricting committee. Additionally, it appears that two very partisan individuals Hunter Barnett and Aislinn Kottwitz are looking to insert last minute changes to the Supreme Court in a manner against transparency, and the very spirit of amendments Y and Z. Please do not let unregistered lobbyists or others with insincere motives succeed in preventing fair and balanced elections in Colorado. CD3 has already been affected over the last 10 years by a Republican gerrymandered U.S. House district. To have a Republican gerrymandered district last for 20 years is not only unreasonable but against the very purpose of "independence" behind amendments Y and Z, and how these measures were disclosed to voters in 2018. Candidates, regardless of party, should all have a fair and equal chance. Please reject any changes to the proposed maps. Thank you.

Lelia Coveney

Commission: legislative

Zip: 81201

Submittted: October 18, 2021

Comment:

As a registered voter in Chaffee County, I strongly object to Representatives Kottwitz and Barnett's attempts to gerrymander Colorado's legislative districts in favor of a permanent Republican majority. Any attempt to eliminate my vote or render it useless is something I cannot stay silent about. Colorado's new legislative districts should be formed by a non-partisan committee, not a pair of self-interested obstructionists.

Carlos Perez

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80920

Submittted: October 18, 2021

Comment:

Statement delivered to the Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission October 12, 2021 I wish to gratefully thank the nonpartisan staff and my fellow colleagues on the commission for coming together and demonstrating how ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. I know firsthand the immense sacrifice this has been for each of you, your families, and your support network. When I applied to be a commissioner, I had pledged to the citizens of Colorado to deliver on the requirements of the state constitution to the best of my abilities. I declared that my goal was to ensure that the inaugural commission would become the gold standard for independent redistricting commissions in the nation. I believe we have accomplished that goal. I especially want to thank the public for being partners on this journey to create fair maps and it was an honor to serve the State of Colorado. When I was chosen to be your commission chairman, I then made a second pledge. I said I would bring my organizational skills to serve you and to help you accomplish your goals. This 12-person commission is the “A” team of Colorado. Given the opportunity, I would accept that role again. There are many good men and women who are looking at the proposed maps and thinking about whether they should use their talents to serve others by running for elected office. You have an unenviable decision before you. Don’t look at legislative districts as mere battle lines on a map. This is far too easy in this day and age of hyper-partisanship and zero-sum politics. Rather, look at the new maps as a gift of good government from us to solve problems and correct injustices for the citizens who live in your communities. I know well that your mission, as the commission has found, is made all the more impossible because we the people have geographically sorted ourselves into clusters of like-minded enclaves that have virtually nothing in common with others a few miles away. Frictionless mobility and the Internet have given rise to partisan bubbles and with it the vocabulary of “us” and “them”. The most recent surveys sadly indicate we agree on very little and that trust in our civic institutions is at an all-time low. Thus the paradox of our time: we are more divided yet more comfortable with people who think like us. Despite the strong gale winds of ideological divisions, always be mindful that there are real people who not only live in your district, but in faraway districts as well. Representatives of the people have a moral obligation to serve them all and to serve them wisely. This unaffiliated voter from the city of Colorado Springs now takes leave. Godspeed to all. Carlos Perez Colorado Springs, Colorado

Georgia Duncan

Commission: both

Zip: 80004

Submittted: October 18, 2021

Comment:

Please do not let the proposed last-minute changes by 2 Republican members go through

Lois Fink

Commission: both

Zip: 80526

Submittted: October 17, 2021

Comment:

Reject maps being pushed by Commissioners Barnett and Kottwitz and support maps drawn by nonpartisan staff!!! Republicans are not showing or acting in good faith!!

Cheryl Gibson

Commission: both

Zip: 81401

Submittted: October 17, 2021

Comment:

I support the redistricting map from the Independent Redistricting Commission. Colorado voters approved this non-partisan commission and The GOP needs to respect the election. Stop messing with Democracy!

Kevin Allen

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80241

Submittted: October 17, 2021

Comment:

I have a concern in relation to the State Senate map that was submitted to the court for review in that it looks like there were minor, but more than de minimus adjustments made to the map prior to submission to the court that have now divided up not only the small city of Northglenn, but have divided one of its newest and most compact neighborhoods into 2 Senate districts. I have attached the screenshots for reference. I believe that even if this was done to account for population, that it was not within the staff's purview, and that this adjustment is arbitrary without any regard to municipal boundaries or neighborhoods which are communities of interest.

Linda M Pierce

Commission: both

Zip: 80538

Submittted: October 15, 2021

Comment:

For the past couple of decades the Colorado citizenship has been in flux. Over that time, we have grown both in numbers and diversity. As noted nationally, there is an increase in the minority and Latino population. When reviewing the population stats, we see that Colorado has attracted people from several Democrat leaning cities such as San Francisco. We have attracted people who are (among many characteristics) climate change activists and outdoors enthusiasts. We have also increased our Voter participation whereby Colorado is noted not just for high voter turnout, but also for election processes superiority. These facts should be reflected in the district creation. People who believe in these issues should expect fair representation in voting for these issues and the candidates that support these views. In the past few elections, Colorado has voted for Obama, Clinton and Biden. The state has also voted for Hickenlooper, Bennet, and Polis. The State of Colorado has become a left-leaning / purple state. If the statewide elections reveal this voting trend, then the individual districts should trend similarly. The redistricting efforts should be fair and representative of the will of the states voters across Colorado. Specifically, any effort at creating (gerrymandering) the districts that does not reflect the populous trend in Colorado is suspect. God Bless all involved and may fairness and transparency envelop the redistricting efforts.

Taylor Condie

Commission: both

Zip: 80134

Submittted: October 15, 2021

Comment:

Please reject the gerrymandered maps being pushed by Commissioners Barnett and Kottwitz.

Marty Amble

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80222

Submittted: October 15, 2021

Comment:

Regarding Approved HD6 / HD9 Legislative Map - Please swap the HD6 / HD9 labeling on the approved map... to more closely and less confusingly match the current / now HD6 / HD9 areas - at least as to the present HD9 portion of the map.. The lion's share - think 80% or thereabouts - of what is approved map labeled HD6 is currently HD9 on the ground. Pretty much everything between E. Hampden Avenue north to Leetsdale Drive is HD9. Please save the current HD9 folks the brain damage of having to re-orient to 6. Thank you for your consideration!!

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