Boundaries redrawn in response to population changes following 2010 Census
(Denver) – All new precinct boundaries have been finalized for Denver. Denver will have 344 precincts, versus the 429 precincts it currently has. The new precinct lines follow state house and
senate district lines and also follow the city’s major neighborhood lines.
By law, precincts may have no more than 1,500 active voters in them. Denver’s new precincts average 670 active voters, or 805 total active and inactive-failed-to-vote voters. Larger precincts are located in low-growth areas of the city. In high-growth areas, smaller precincts were created to allow for expected growth in the coming years.
Redrawing of political boundaries occurs every ten years, following the federal Census, in response to population and demographic shifts. Congressional districts are finalized first, then state districts, after which counties redraw their precincts.
The Denver Elections Division held a public hearing December 1 and received public response on two different alternatives for redrawing precinct boundaries. This was followed by additional discussion with the two major parties. The final plan included a number of changes in response to all feedback received.
The new precinct lines will go into effect January 6, 2012, one month ahead of party caucuses. The Elections Division will mail a notification to all voters in mid-January, informing them of their new districts and precincts.
Denver City Council redistricting will occur in spring 2012 based upon the new precinct lines. Denver Public Schools will also redistrict in 2012. Maps of the new precinct lines are available at DenverVotes.org, or go directly to the maps page.