Redistricting County Commissioner Districts
House Bill 21-1047 requires all counties to redistrict County Commissioner Districts by September 30, 2023. (Note that the statutory redistricting deadline occurs after the September 11, 2023, ballot certification deadline for the 2023 Coordinated Election.) Because we will need to update SCORE address libraries for our new County Commissioner Districts, and because we should never alter address libraries after we’ve generated ballot styles in SCORE for any live election, SOS strongly recommends all counties complete County Commissioner District redistricting no later than July, to provide sufficient time to adjust boundaries and update SCORE’s address libraries before the 2023 Coordinated Election.
Section 30-10-306(1), C.R.S., requires each county’s Board of County Commissioners (or commissioner district redistricting commission) to divide the county into compact commissioner districts “as nearly equal in population as possible based on the redistricting population data prepared by staff of the legislative council and office of legislative legal services, or any successor offices, in accordance with section 2-2-902. In no event shall there be more than five percent deviation between the most populous and the least populous district in each county, at the time such district boundaries are established.” Max deviation for Saguache County is well over 5%.
Since Saguache is a statutory county with a 3-member board, the BOCC is required to hold just one public hearing.
Plan of attack:
1. Public Hearing on June 06, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. at Road and Bridge
- Since Saguache is a statutory county with a 3-member board, the BOCC is required to hold just one public hearing
- Meet about proposed lines with draft resolution
2. Public Comment Period for 30 days
- C.R.S. 30-10-306(5), No less than thirty days before adopting any resolution to change the boundaries of commissioner districts, or create new commissioner districts, unless the Board of County Commissioners is making such changes in accordance with a final redistricting plan in accordance with section 30-10-306.4, the Board of County Commissioners shall hold a public hearing on the proposed district boundaries.
3. Board Meeting to Adopt new district lines by Resolution, July 11, 2023
4. If approved, our office will start moving addresses into new districts in the statewide voter registration system.
Anyone interested in viewing the proposed changes can go to saguachecoclerk.colorado.gov and click on the link, or come into the Clerk’s Office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
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