Colorado ballot measure proposes redistricting overhaul

DENVER - A prominent group of Democrats and Republicans wants to see Colorado change the way it draws the lines for congressional and legislative seats.

The coalition introduced a ballot measure on Tuesday. They now have to collect more than 98,000 signatures to pose a question to voters about drawing political districts after every census.

States are required to adjust their political boundaries once a decade to make sure districts represent about the same number of people. But the process quickly turns ugly as both parties battle for an advantage based on the lines.

The plan submitted Tuesday would give four Democrats, four Republicans and four unaffiliated voters the chance to draw maps. Nothing could clear the committee without eight votes of support.

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