Take a moment and think back where you were seven ago. In April, 2010 a townwide vote was taking place with two questions. To increase the term limits of council members from two to four years and to …
Take a moment and think back where you were seven ago. In April, 2010 a townwide vote was taking place with two questions. To increase the term limits of council members from two to four years and to extend redistricting from three to six years.
Redistricting is the act of carving up the electorate into equal amounts of registered voters into districts each with a town council representative. In preparation for the vote, the town sent out a mailer explaining "Castle Rock evaluates redistricting every three years. This worked well when our population was steadily and quickly increasing every year. Now that growth trends have leveled out, it's not necessary to make subtle boundary changes as often." (doc. 842 CRgov.com)
Both initiatives passed with a quarter of the 22,300 registered voters of Castle Rock participating. Now zoom forward to 2017 where there are roughly 45,000 registered voters living within the town borders. The last redistricting was done in 2015. Far from leveling off, our voting population has doubled since 2010 and will probably double again as it is projected to do so.
If the ballot to allow citizens to vote for mayor is approved in November, the town will need to revisit redistricting as it reduces from seven to six districts to accommodate an at-large elected mayor. Whether this passes or not, we need to review the decision to redistrict every six years and urge the town council to take steps to shorten this time period because chances are half of the registered voters reading this newspaper today were not even on the Castle Rock voter rolls seven years ago.