2020 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 2 - Legislative
Article 1. Congressional Districts

Editor's note: (1) Colorado's apportionment of congressional representatives pursuant to the 2000 federal census increased from six representatives to seven representatives. In November 2002, Congressional elections were held in seven districts described in a redistricting plan created by the district court for the city and county of Denver and affirmed in Beauprez v. Avalos, 42 P.3d 642 (Colo. 2002). The districts, however, described in section 2-1-101 (1) were created in Senate Bill 03-352 for use in congressional elections to be held in November 2004 and thereafter. Senate Bill 03-352 was the subject of several court actions:

  1. Keller v. Davidson was filed in the district court for the city and county of Denverand subsequently removed to federal district court. On January 23, 2004, the district court denied a motion to file amended counterclaims and stayed the proceedings pending a final ruling in Salazar v. Davidson, discussed below. The district court opinion appears at 299 F. Supp. 2d (D. Colo. 2004). On October 15, 2004, the district court dismissed the matter.

  2. Salazar v. Davidson, case number 03SA133, and the related case of Davidson v.Salazar, case number 03SA147, were original actions filed with the Colorado Supreme Court. The Colorado Supreme Court held Senate Bill 03-352 unconstitutional and ordered the secretary of state to conduct congressional elections according to the plan approved in Beauprez v. Avalos. People ex rel. Salazar v. Davidson, 79 P.2d 1221 (Colo. 2003). The United States Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari in Colorado General Assembly v. Salazar, 541 U.S. 1093 (2004).

(2) In Hall v. Moreno, 2012 CO 14, 270 P.3d 961, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered the secretary of state to implement the redistricting plan for Colorado's congressional districts adopted by the Denver District Court.

Cross references: For revision and alteration of state legislative districts by a Colorado reapportionment commission, see ยง 48 of art. V, Colo. Const.

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