Republicans Challenge Colo. Legislative Maps

Friday, 09 Dec 2011 08:21 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Colorado Republicans have filed a court challenge against new state legislative district maps, arguing that they split apart too many cities and counties and would pair GOP incumbents against each other in several redrawn areas.
 
At the same time, The Denver Post reported that a number of other legal papers were filed Thursday with the Colorado Supreme Court in support of the Democratic-drawn maps approved by the state reapportionment committee.
 
The court has until next Wednesday to sign off on the maps or send them back to the commission to be redrawn for a second time. The court rejected the first set of maps produced by the commission last month. 
 
According to the Post, Republicans argued in their challenge that several GOP maps are more “constitutionally sound” than the last maps approved by the commission on a 6-5 vote, and that Republican lawmakers were prevented by the commission from offering an alternative plan.
 
“After its initial adopted plan was rejected by this court, the commission had ample time to draft, debate, and adopt a set of maps that satisfy all of the constitutional requirements,” Republicans said in their brief. “But not only did the commission fail to adopt such maps, it did something unprecedented in the 30-year history of the reapportionment commission — it intentionally blinded itself to superior alternative maps in a misguided attempt to frustrate this court's ability to fully examine the constitutionality of the submitted maps.”
 
Attorneys for the commission, however, told the Post that Republicans had plenty of time to submit their plans and they pointed to a paper trail and emails as evidence.
 
The attorneys also insisted that Republicans tried to submit one plan that would have violated the Voting Rights Act by splitting Latino voters.

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