Supreme Court denied standing in Colorado redistricting case

On March 5, 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled per curiam in Lance v. Coffman that four Republican voters in Colorado did not have standing to challenge a court-ordered congressional redistricting plan. A state judge in Colorado drew up a redistricting plan in 2002 when the state legislature was unable to agree on a plan in time for elections that year. The legislature drew up a plan in 2003, but that plan was rejected by the Colorado Supreme Court because the state constitution only allows for a new plan once per decade. The state supreme court held that "judicially-created districts are just as binding and permanent as districts created by the General Assembly." The plaintiffs argued that their rights had been violated under the Elections Clause of the US Constitution.

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