Proposed legislative, congressional redistricting could affect Latino representation

Article CAIRCO note: 
Why the racist concern?
Article author: 
Ray K. Erku
Article publisher: 
Post Independent
Article date: 
1 August 2021
Article category: 
Colorado News
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​One concern over a preliminary reconfiguration of Colorado Congressional Districts is that it could diminish Latino representation in the Roaring Fork Valley, an area Latino community advocate said during a Joint Independent Colorado Redistricting Commissions open hearing on Saturday in Carbondale.

“We believe that the proposed legislative and congressional maps failed to keep our community of interest in one single district for purposes of ensuring fair and effective representation,” said Alex Sanchez, founder and executive director of Voces Unidas de las Montañas and Voces Unidas Action Fund.

Sanchez said the preliminary Colorado House and Senate maps unfairly broke up many communities throughout Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties with anywhere from a 10% to 30% Latino population into four respective house districts and two respective senate districts...

Redistricting itself is required under the U.S. Constitution. After every U.S. Census is conducted, new boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts must be drawn based on population growth or changes. Since Colorado has seen such significant growth, its current seven congressional districts will expand to eight...

“At the Congressional level, the proposed CD3 map drastically reduced the Latino population percentage from 25% to 15% because the San Luis Valley and Pueblo communities were removed from CD3,” Sanchez said....