DENVER – Over one-third of Colorado’s registered voters do not affiliate themselves with a political party, and their voices are going to be heard loud this year.
Next month, Colorado’s unaffiliated voters will be able to vote in primary election for the first time. Then in November, voters are going to decide whether to change the way the state’s U.S. Congressional districts are drawn after the census every ten years, a move which would give even more weight to unaffiliated voters.
“In a way, asking elected officials to draw their own lines to choose their own voters is a bit like two schools who are playing a football game and letting the referees all come from one school,” Kent Thiry of the Fair Maps Colorado campaign told Anne Trujillo on this weekend’s Politics Unplugged. “With our new independent commission there can be no partisan domination of the process. The districts will represent Colorado, not a party.”
Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4am & 4:30pm on Denver7 and Noon on KCDO-K3.