DENVER (AP) — A proposed ballot question to change Colorado’s congressional redistricting process has been thrown out by the state Supreme Court.
Tuesday’s decision means that voters won’t get a chance to weigh in on how district boundaries are drawn before the 2020 Census. Colorado is expected to be awarded an eighth congressional seat after that Census because of population growth.
The proposed ballot measure would have taken the job away from the state Legislature and given it to an independent panel. States must adjust congressional lines after every Census.
The Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Colorado’s ballot measure was improperly worded. Colorado limits ballot questions to a single subject.
The court also rejected a ballot measure to change how districts for the state Legislature are drawn.