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Barbara J Kelly, M.S.

Commission: both

Zip: 80020

Submittted: March 21, 2021

Comment:

This New York Times article on partisan mapping is both relevant to current segregation by political party and trends that will be cemented unless there are conscious efforts to prevent them: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/03/17/upshot/partisan-segregation-maps.html?campaign_id=57&emc=edit_ne_20210317&instance_id=28175&nl=evening-briefing&regi_id=47023666&segment_id=53645&te=1&user_id=3111179cc342627f5fe2f7bccbb5a778 If you cannot open newspaper attachments, the article's title is "A Close-Up Picture Of Partisan Segregation, Among 180 Million Voters". It appeared in the Times on March 17, 2021.

Sean McEnroe

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80122

Submittted: March 20, 2021

Comment:

I think redistricting should take place on county lines as much as possible. When not possible, as straight a line as possible to separate one part of a county from another should be used.

David Williams

Commission: congressional

Zip: 81620

Submittted: March 20, 2021

Comment:

My name is David O. Williams and I live in unincorporated Eagle County in an area known as EagleVail. Not only is Eagle County divided between CD2 and CD3, but EagleVail is divided with some of my neighbors in CD2 and the rest of us in CD3. Western Eagle County has much more in common as an outdoor recreation and ski county with neighboring Summit and in fact with northern Front Range communities such as Boulder and Fort Collins than with mining and extractive industry hubs such as Grand Junction, whose population currently controls who represents us in Congress. Please consider no longer splitting communities and counties and moving all of Eagle County into CD2. Thanks for your time, consideration and hard work.

J.D. Ruybal

Commission: both

Zip: 80550

Submittted: March 20, 2021

Comment:

First and foremost. My comments have nothing to do with an individual nor any party or group. I am expressing true concerns that 'I' have. First and foremost: I believe the Redistricting Commissions is, by design, party favored. As time goes by the number of registered unaffiliated voters have increased. Yet the powers that be try and hold the two party system front and center. And being a member of the green party (less than five years) I believe the difference between the parties is negligible. Where is the voice of the people who wish not to identify with a party yet believe they have a say in the system of governance. My next concern is the fact that as we become (are) divided in our communities and as a nation folks are drawn together by political views. I.e. gerrymandering. I say this more as as a long time progressive--I don't like branding nor naming however in this case it is for describing know norms--resident of Windsor/weld county where the reputation has drawn like minded folks. this includes hate. leaving little to no opportunity for dialog. Making outsiders enemy's. I suggest 'square' maps where there is NO distinction nor consideration for 'Party affiliation' Lets take out entirely the idea of 'party mapping' Additionally I would like to be able to participate more. so please keep me updated for and when the/any opportunity for the general public to participate. Truly Respectfully As a Neighbor and fellow Coloradoan J.D. Ruybal

Angela Sanders

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80433

Submittted: March 20, 2021

Comment:

We live in Conifer (Green Valley Ranch) and the maps lumping our area (Jefferson County) in with Park County and The Springs will not represent us well. Political beliefs and lifestyle are more in line with Max Competitive CO Congressional Districts. The county line between Park and Jefferson County is a pretty good line of demarcation. We pay higher taxes in Jefferson County and believe in Government services. Park County pays lower taxes and does not want Government services.

Frank DeLay

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80446

Submittted: March 20, 2021

Comment:

I believe that Grand County should not be included with Boulder County in the congressional district. Grand County should be in the West Slope district. We have much more in common concerns with the West Slope than the Front Range communities.

Michelle

Commission: both

Zip: 89537

Submittted: March 20, 2021

Comment:

Thank you. Last redistricting lumped Larimer county in with Boulder. This is a colossal mistake as we are fundamentally different than Boulder. Our economy is driven by energy and agriculture and we have very real differences of opinion on those industries than the Denver metro area. Our transportation need differ, our definition of freedom differs, and our outlook on life is vastly different. Please correct this mistake. The Loveland area has a significant senior population. We have many jobs in agriculture and cherish our dairy farms, cattle ranchers, and farmers. We have many people who keep livestock and horses. Many of us support the secessionist movement Weld and other counties are proposing. Frankly, our voices are drowned out in the din of the metro area. Just because we are less dense in population does not mean we should be ignored. We are tired of the Denver area imposing their policies on the rural areas. We don’t want or need their wolves, dog bans, fracking bans, gun control or lawless protests. And we are tired of being over ridden time and time again without so much as a polite hearing. So as you consider this redistricting, please keep in mind the people of northern Colorado are a unique set that does not mesh well with the metro area growth. Please keep us autonomous. Thank you

Michael Derou

Commission: both

Zip: 80238

Submittted: March 20, 2021

Comment:

All redistricting has always been a version of gerrymandering. I believe a geographic grid, north, south, east and west of no more than 25 miles each, overlaid on the state. This would be the ultimate in fairness no matter where the gridlines fall. Anything else is a political cheap shot. The way current district lines are drawn is almost incomprehensible and outrageous.

Melanie Herrera Bortz

Commission: both

Zip: 80220

Submittted: March 19, 2021

Comment:

Recommendations For Immediate Consideration by Colorado’s Redistricting Commissions The Colorado Constitution requires that: “Within the first twenty days after the commission has convened, any member of the public and any member of the commission may submit written comments to nonpartisan staff on the creation of the preliminary plan and on communities of interest that require representation in one or more specific areas of the state.” Colo. Const. art. V, §§ 44.4(1); 48.2(1). As Colorado’s Independent Redistricting Commissions convene and the redistricting process begins, we offer the following recommendations in order to ensure that opportunities for public participation are prioritized, expanded, and accessible. - Extend the 20-day written public comment period: Given the delay in US Census data, we urge both the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission and the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission to formally adopt, at a minimum, a 60 day extension to the 20-day written public comment period as quickly as possible. Additionally, the finalized deadlines for the written public comment should be posted on the Colorado Redistricting Commissions’ website and publicized as broadly as possible. - Increase accessibility of written public comment form: We urge commissioners and commission staff to make the written public comment form more accessible to communities whose primary language is not English by improving translation of the form. Currently, the form includes a sentence in Spanish informing the public that comments submitted in other languages will be translated; however, this is not sufficient. We recommend a comprehensive translation of the form in its entirety. We respectfully offer these recommendations to the Independent Congressional and Legislative Redistricting Commissions in the spirit of transparency and ensuring Colorado’s Redistricting process is accessible to all Coloradans.

George E Hudson

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80020

Submittted: March 19, 2021

Comment:

The historical trend to 'gerrymander' based upon which party currently is in power seems to only serve to divide communities along increasingly polarized national party lines rather than locally shared values. Only having one representative selected from each congressional district also feeds into strengthening the two party system, which, in turn, also feeds into polarizing political division. I would like to include these two factors considering redistricting. 1. Redistrict in a way that allows for more advanced voting options, such as ranked choice voting. This encourages people to vote with greater confidence for the candidate they prefer rather than vote AGAINST the candidate they fear. 2. Create the districts large enough to take the top 3, 4, or 5 candidates as joint representatives for that district (allowing for greater diversity of candidates to be selected, while also giving better representation to a district's politically minority populations).

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