Gerrymandering is the dividing of a state into congressional or legislative districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts.
This practice concentrates the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.
With gerrymandered districts, the voice of some people gets diluted while others’ voices get amplified. It leads to governments that aren’t representative of the people they’re supposed to represent.
For example, in 2011, the last time Colorado’s districts were redrawn, they were drawn in such a way that the party receiving 55% of the vote in the 2014 elections ended up with fewer than half of the seats in the House of Representatives.
Fortunately, there is a group taking on gerrymandering in Colorado. Fair Districts Fair Elections plans to run two initiatives on the ballot in 2018: one to reform congressional redistricting and the other to reform legislative redistricting. FDFE’s efforts are backed by a bipartisan group of Colorado leaders, including the League of Women Voters of Colorado.
Fair Districts Fair Elections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing more competitive elections to the state. They believe redistricting should be done by an independent commission consisting, to the extent possible, equally of Republicans, Democrats, and non-major party members and should reflect Colorado’s geographic and racial/ethnic diversity. They want both parties to have equal input on the composition of the commission, and for processes to be put in place to ensure that neither party can gain ownership over the non-major party members.
Bridging the growing partisan divide in the legislature by electing centrist, independent candidates to office.
Rooting out political corruption by enacting stronger ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance reforms.
Allowing all voters to participate in all elections by defending open primaries.
Leveling the playing field that currently advantages incumbents by ending the practice of partisan gerrymandering.
Providing voters greater choice in elections by establishing alternate voting systems both locally and statewide.