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El Paso County Commissioners vote unanimously for district remapping

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Current commissioner districts. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Current commissioner districts.

On May 25, the El Paso County commissioners voted unanimously to approve precinct remapping, also hearing a presentation from County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman regarding district remapping. He gave three options for redrawn districts that keep pace with population growth, as is required by state law. The proposed changes, which could affect up to five precincts, are "very minor and technical in nature," according to Broerman.

But assembled activists begged to differ. Concerns included: a split of the Patty Jewett neighborhood, an awkward lumping of Monument into District 3, and a lack of robust public process. The presentation marked the beginning of a 30-day public comment period, during which the proposed maps can be amended before a final vote.

Deb Walker, head of the Citizens Project, said it was "disheartening" that the county failed to take public comment before districts were drawn, as the city recently did.

Others had stronger words, like "gerrymandering." El Paso County Democrats are concerned new boundaries might put the all-Republican board even further out of reach for progressive candidates.


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