Election referendum presentation Sept. 23
Sep 18th, 2018 | By South Platte Sentinel | Category: Government
By Barbara Mattison
League of Women Voters of Colorado
The League of Women Voters of Colorado, in cooperation with the Sterling-area League and Fair Maps Colorado, will present a discussion of Referred Measures Y and Z: Congressional and Legislative Redistricting at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at the Regional CSU Engagement Office, 302 Main St., Sterling. The discussion will be proceeded by a 3:45 p.m. wine and cheese reception.
The 2020 census will prompt an examination of Colorado’s current Congressional and Legislative districts and the need to redraw some of these boundaries. To create a fair and non-politicized redistricting process, Colorado’s Legislature has unanimously referred Amendments Y and Z to the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot. These amendments deal respectively with Congressional and Legislative Redistricting and would create independent citizen-commissions balanced among Republicans, Democrats and independents to oversee the drawing of maps across the state. The amendments would establish a transparent process with ethical rules, open meetings, public records and limits on lobbyists and politicians. The commissions will use clearly stated criteria for map drawing and prohibit gerrymandering. The last rounds of map drawing in Colorado – after both the 2000 and 2010 census – were deeply partisan with bitterly divided outcomes.
The amendments stipulate that commission participants must represent geographic areas and the demographics of our state, allowing more representation for rural and minority voters. In addition, almost 40 percent of Colorado’s registered voters are independents – a percentage that has grown rapidly over the past decade. Amendments Y and Z, with balanced representation for independents on the commissions, provides a fair process for giving these voters a voice.
Any voter will be able to apply to serve on a commission by completing forms from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Selection of commissioners will be a combination of lottery procedure and the work of a panel of senior, or retired, judges.
Amendments Y and Z are supported by a broad-based coalition. Endorsements are from chambers of commerce, business alliances, boards of county commissioners, elected and former elected officials including US Sen. Hank Brown, Gov. Bill Owens, Gov. Dick Lamm, Attorney General John Suthers, U.S. Rep. David Skaggs and US Rep. Bob Beauprez. The League of Women Voters of Colorado has worked with Republicans, Democrats, independents and a community groups over the past year and a half to put together Amendments Y and Z that create fair and balanced redistricting processes and eliminate gerrymandering. National organizations have noted that Amendments Y and Z may provide a redistricting model for other states.
Bring your questions and join the discussion at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Regional CSU Engagement Office, 302 Main St., Sterling.
LWVCO Making Democracy Work! Conference 2018
GROWTH, CHANGE, and OUTREACH
Saturday, September 29th
8:30 am – 3 pm (Program starts at 9:30 am)
Holiday Inn Stapleton Denver East
3333 Quebec St, Denver 80207
Registration is now closed. Thank you.
Why Attend the MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK! Conference on Sept. 29th?
For Growth, Change, and Outreach!
What you will gain:
- Make Amendment Y & Z (Redistricting) a BIG WIN for LWVCO this Mid-term election. Get an update on our strategies with Fair Maps Colorado. Learn how your local League can get involved.
- LWVCO is 95+% Caucasian and predominantly over 65 years of age. LWVUS has identified its lack of racial, economic, age and social diversity as an impediment to achieving its mission and as a barrier to greater impact and growth. Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is core to the League’s mission to empower voters and defend democracy. Learn how we will begin this journey to improve partnerships and collaborations for greater impact and embrace DEI. Hear all about from Regan Byrd a seasoned non-profit professional and anti-oppression speaker/trainer/activist.
- Share and learn what the local Leagues created for outreach and marketing related to Voter Service, Vote 411.org, and membership that are making a difference around the state. Plan to bring your materials and tell your local League’s story of success.
- Be informed for the mid-term election. It’s that time of year when Gerry Cummins, LWVCO VP Voter Service teaches us what we need to know on the ballot issues. Collect your ballot issue pamphlets.
- Get an update on our LWVCO Strategic Plan and what we have learned.
- Network with fellow Leaguers from around the state! Catch up and re-connect.
- And much more!
Here is the MDW 2018 Agenda FINAL to view or download.
More information soon, check back.
Legislative Conference & Workshop
(View or download)
What will you gain:
- Legislative Priorities including National Popular Vote, Ranked Voting and more
- How Can Use Your Voice to Influence and Make Friends at the CO Legislature
Presenters you will hear:
- Jena Griswold, CO SOS on Voting Issues, Rights and Security
- Phil Wieser, CO Attorney General on Roles and Legislative Priorities
- Honorable Joe Miklosi, Former State Rep on National Popular Vote
- Linda Templin, Executive Director, Ranked Choice Voting of Colorado providing an overview
- Governor Polis is invited and may swing by to say Hello.