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El Paso County district boundaries redrawn

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EL PASO COUNTY
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On June 29, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners voted to redraw some of their district boundaries. In a unanimous decision, they opted for map option three, which you can find at car.elpasoco.com. County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman first presented the board with proposed maps on May 25, marking the start of a 30-day public comment period.

The El Paso County Democratic Party isn't happy with the process or its outcome. Electra Johnson, party chair, is particularly concerned about splitting Monument and the Patty Jewett neighborhood. The effect, she says, is to further disenfranchise Democratic-leaning voters. Furthermore, Johnson, who herself narrowly lost her bid for county commission in District 3, contends the clerk's office should have been more transparent and solicited citizen input earlier.

Though not obligated to do so, the clerk did present two new map options based on input received after presenting the first three, but commissioners went with one of the originals anyway.

Despite accusations of gerrymandering, the county met all requirements for redistricting laid out in state law. According to spokesperson Mattie Albert, the county clerk's office received 266 comments via email, forms, voicemails/phone calls, and in person — a record number. In addition, the clerk held two open houses.

After this, the next redistricting, which is based on population growth, could be more drastic, since the 2020 U.S. Census will provide better data to go on.


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