The 2nd Congressional District - which represents Boulder, Fort Collins and the highly populated suburbs/territory all the way to the Wyoming border - absorbed the northeast corner of rural Park County after the 2010 census. This was done to supposedly equalize the general population in each of the current seven districts. We are left to believe that Congressional District 5 to the south had outgrown the northern districts over that decade so that it was thereby necessary to gerrymander a meager few thousand residents from Park County (population of 16,000 in 2010). The 5th District was thereby diminished and North Park County was severed from its rural community while those voters' choice for representation in the U.S. Congress was effectively negated. Additionally, the new district border left the towns of Bailey, Shawnee and Grant each politically cut in half. These are the very reasons that prompted a recent Supreme Court decision.
This last summer, four states had their gerrymandered districts ordered redrawn before the 2020 election. The federal courts where the lawsuits were filed, followed by the Supreme Court, deemed them unconstitutional. Their decision states that a gerrymander shall not "violate the citizen's right to association" nor "dilute the vote."
Colorado has already grown in population past the threshold of qualifying for an eighth district, which will be official after the 2020 census. Now is the time to prime the Amendment Y Committee to pay attention to how the new district lines should be drawn to correct what is no longer legally tolerated. We need to hold their feet to the fire to pressure that decision in favor of restoring North Park County's rural mountain representation.