Campaign Summary

In early 2018, a bipartisan coalition rallied behind two anti-gerrymandering initiatives to form an independent commission to oversee map drawing. RepresentUs members joined the cause and helped inform voters and get out the vote. Because of all that hard work, Colorado voters approved of the amendments and put an end to partisan gerrymandering.

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November 2018

November 6, 2018

  • Colorado voters pass anti-gerrymandering Amendments Y and Z
  • Represent Denver celebrates historic anti-gerrymandering victory
  • Represent Denver rallies at Colorado Capitol in support of Amendments Y and Z



November 3, 2018

Redistricting reform measures, including Amendments Y and Z, garner national coverage in publications such as Slate, The Wallstreet Journal, FiveThirtyEight, and more

October 2018

October 30, 2018

The South Platte Sentinel endorses Amendments Y and Z

October 26, 2018

RepresentUs publishes blog post about Amendments Y and Z

October 20, 2018

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Hickenlooper rally with Fair Maps Colorado in support of Amendments Y and Z. RepresentUs members help.

October 19, 2018

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder teams up with Fair Maps Colorado for video in support of Y and Z, garners 22,000 views

October 18, 2018

RepresentUs board member Jennifer Lawrence releases video in support of Amendments Y and Z

October 7, 2018

Roberta M. Richardson, co-leader of Represent Jefferson County, pens one of many impassioned letters to the editor in support of Amendments Y and Z

September 2018

September 30, 2018

League of Women Voters, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Denver Post Editorial board, and Unite Colorado endorse Amendments Y and Z

September 18, 2018

Former Senator John Andrews releases supportive ad with Fair Maps Colorado

September 7, 2018

Fair Maps Colorado hosts informational sessions on Amendments Y and Z across the state

September 6, 2018

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announces support for anti-gerrymandering initiatives including Amendments Y and Z on Twitter

August 2018

August 31, 2018

The Coloradoan endorses Amendments Y and Z

August 29, 2018

Fair Maps Colorado launches digital ads “Colorado Knows There is a Better Way” and “Speaker Duran supports Amendments Y&Z for all

August 20, 2018

Fair Maps Colorado kicks off informational tour, events in Grand Junction, Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Fort Collins, and Durango

May 2018

May 16, 2018

Fair Maps Colorado launches “Yes on Y&Z” campaign

May 7, 2018

Redistricting reform amendments pass Colorado House and Senate unanimously, certified for November ballot

March 2018

March 27, 2018

People Not Politicians and Fair Districts Colorado put aside differences, join forces to form Fair Maps Colorado, push for redistricting reform

Press Hits

November 2018

IVN: Anti-Gerrymandering Reforms Sweep the Nation Tuesday
The Colorado Sun: Colorado Election Results 2018
KOAA News: ELECTION RESULTS: Voters pass Amendment Z – Legislative redistricting
Coloradoan: Colorado election: Amendments Y and Z pass, changing the way Colorado does redistricting
The Denver Post: Colorado Amendments Y and Z: Measures pass handily
FiveThirtyEight: Forget About The Candidates. What Else Is On The Ballot This Week?
Fort Bend Herald: Stopping Partisan Gerrymandering
Slate: These Ballot Initiatives Could Have a Revolutionary Effect on Voting Rights and Criminal Justice in Your State
The Wall Street Journal: Four States to Vote on Redistricting Measures Ahead of 2020 Census
Governing: ‘People Want Their Power Back’: Redistricting Reform on More Ballots Than Usual

October 2018

Aspen Public Radio: Amendments Y And Z Promise To End Gerrymandering
The Daily Sentinel: Vote yes on Y and Z to stop gerrymandering
The Coloradoan: Opinion: Amendments Y and Z would combat gerrymandering
IVN: CO Amendments Y and Z: Let’s Make Sure Voters Pick Their Politicians, Not The Other Way Around
WBUR: Efforts To Do Away With Gerrymandering Pick Up Speed
The Gazette: Actress Jennifer Lawrence backs Colorado ballot measures on gerrymandering| Endorsement Watch
The Complete Colorado: Jennifer Lawrence leaves Hollywood histrionics behind for her Colorado election effort
The Denver Channel: Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to Denver in effort to ‘terminate’ gerrymandering
The Tribune: Tribune Endorsement: We support changes to the way Colorado draws its electoral boundaries
The Colorado Independent: Amendments Y and Z aim to take politics out of redistricting: Here’s how they’d work
Denverite: Jennifer Lawrence wants you to illegalize gerrymandering in Colorado
IVN: Pre-Election Rundown: 4 Ballot Measures to Deal Historic Blow to Partisan Gerrymandering
The Denver Channel: Arnold Schwarzenegger coming to Denver for anti-gerrymandering rally
Truthout: Citizen and Legislative Efforts to Reform Redistricting in 2018
Colorado Public Radio: Amendments Y & Z, Congressional And Legislative Redistricting Explained
Craig Daily Press: Amendments Y and Z aiming to make redistricting less political
Daily Record Colorado: How Colorado draws its voting maps would change if Amendments Y and Z are approved
The Durango Herald: Colorado voters have a lot to consider
IVN News: Colorado: The New Model for Anti-Gerrymandering Reform?
The Durango Herald: Our endorsements

September 2018

The Denver Post: How Colorado draws its voting maps would change if Amendments Y and Z are approved
The Denver Post: Amendments Y and Z put the interests of Colorado — not political insiders — at the forefront of redistricting Journal-Advocate: League of Women Voters advocating for Amendments Y and Z
KOAA News: Redistricting questions on November ballot
The Denver Post: Fair maps mean fair elections: Vote Yes on Amendments Y and Z
Pew Trust: Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy

August  2018
The Colorado Independent: A star-studded campaign launches to end gerrymandering in Colorado. It took a grand bargain to get here.
Colorado Politics: Colo. gerrymandering amendments hitting the airwaves
The Coloradoan: Coloradoan endorsement: Colorado is ready to change how it handles redistricting
The Coloradoan: Colorado ballot issue seeks to balance political parties’ influence on voting maps
The Pueblo Chieftain: Dems, GOP join to support statewide redistricting plan
Colorado Springs Independent: To end gerrymandering, bipartisan group asks voters to approve reforms
CBS Denver: Congressional District Creation Ballot Measure Up For Vote
The Daily Sentinel: Drawing lines
Western Slope Now: Fair Maps Colorado Begins Campaign in Grand Junction
NBC 11 News: Fair Maps Colorado kicks off state tour in Grand Junction

May 2018

The Daily Sentinel: Lawmakers to push for redistricting ballot measures
Colorado Politics: Redistricting measures pass Senate unanimously, map to the ballot seems clear
Colorado Public Radio: Anti-Gerrymandering Effort Sails Through The Colorado Capitol On Its Way To The Ballot