Arapahoe County to form redistricting committee

Applications to join group will close Sept. 23

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Arapahoe County is seeking nine county residents to serve on a Citizen Redistricting Advisory Committee that will help shape new district boundaries for commissioners ahead of the 2024 election. 

Colorado law mandates boundaries for county commissioner districts be redrawn every 10 years based on the most recent United States Census data. 

"Due to a nationwide delay in states receiving 2020 United States Census data, the Colorado state legislature delayed the process for counties until 2023 to allow time to analyze data and prepare redistricting processes," the county said in a news release. "The new districts will be in effect for the 2024 election."

An advisory committee must have three Democrats, three Republicans and three unaffiliated voters. The committee will propose a minimum of three county commissioner district maps that will be considered for adoption by sitting county commissioners. 

Arapahoe County currently has five districts and five commissioners. The redistricting process takes into account several criteria, including population growth and ensuring a new map does not give commissioners a political advantage.

The process is expected to last 10 months, beginning in December and finishing in September 2023. Applicants will be selected by current county commissioners and must meet the following criteria:

  • Party affiliation 
  • Civic interest  
  • Willingness to listen to, respect and understand diverse viewpoints  
  • Experience working with others to reach outcomes or decisions  
  • Commitment to a fair and equitable process 
  • Geographic and demographic diversity  
  • Commitment to attending all meetings as required by law 

Meetings will be held monthly, beginning in December, and could go for 60 to 90 minutes, the county said. There is also the potential for 60-minute bimonthly meetings as well as a minimum of three public engagement events over the 10 months. 

Residents can go to tinyurl.com/redistrictingcommittee to apply. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 23. 

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