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11 05 10 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

11 05 10 Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

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DISTRICTCOURT,CITY
&
COUNTYOFDENVER,COLORADOCityandCountyBuilding1437BannockStreet,Room256Denver,Colorado80202Div.
Plaintiff:
KATHRYNH.HALL,DANNYE.STROUD,DICK
R.
MURPHY,Ph.D.,MARKD.HILLMAN,WAYNEW.WILLIAMS,MARKBAISLEY,andSHIRLEYJ.SEITZ
A
COURTUSEONLY
A
CaseNo.:v.
Defendants:
SCOTTGESSLER,inhisofficialcapacityasCOLORADOSECRETARYOFSTATERichard
A.
Westfall,Reg.No.15295Allan
L.
Hale,Reg.No.14885PeterJ.Krumholz,Reg.No.27741HaleWestfall,LLP1445MarketStreet,Suite300Denver,Colorado80202Phone:720-904-6010FAX:720-904-6020E-mail:rwestfall@halewestfall.comahale@halewestfall.compkrumholz@halewestfall.comAttorneysforPlaintiffs
COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORYANDINJUNCTIVERELIEF
KathrynH.Hall,DannyE.Stroud,DickR.Murphy,Ph.D.,MarkD.Hillman,WayneW.Williams,MarkBaisleyandShirleyJ.Seitz,byandthroughtheirattorneys,HaleWestfall,LLP,allegefortheircomplaintasfollows:
INTRODUCTION
1.
TheGeneralAssemblyistaskedwithredrawingColorado'scongressionaldistrictseverytenyearsinthewakeofanewdecennialcensus.
See
Colo.Const.art.V,
§
44.Inthe1980and1990censuscycles,theGeneralAssemblyandtheGovernorwereunabletoagree
 
onacongressionaldistrictingmap,andColorado'scongressionaldistrictsinthosetwodecadesweredrawnbythefederaldistrictcourt.2.In1993inthecaseof
Growev.Emison,
507U.S.25(1993),theSupremeCOUltannouncedthatwhenredistrictingwastobeaccomplishedbytheCOutts,generally,astatecourtshouldbetheone,inthefirstinstance,toperformredistrictingforaState.3.Inthe2000cycle,theGeneralAssemblywasunabletoagreeonacongressionaldistrictingmap,andColorado'scongressionaldistrictsweredrawnbythisCourt.
Avalosv.Davidson,
No.01Civ.2897(Jan.25,2002).4.The2010censusresultshavebeenreleasedandColoradohasgainedapproximately700,000personsinpopulation.TheexistingcongressionaldistrictingmapforColoradoisnowunconstitutional,andanewcongressionaldistrictingmapmustbedrawnpriortothenextgeneralelection.5.TheGeneralAssemblyhasfailedtodrawanewcongressionaldistrictingmapasrequiredinthewakeofthe2010Census.ThisCOUltwillnowhavetodrawnewcongressionaldistrictstomakeColorado'scongressionaldistrictslegalpriortothenextgeneralelectioncycle.JURISDICTIONANDVENUE6.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthiscasepursuanttoColo.Const.mi.VI,§9.PlaintiffsseekdeclaratoryandinjunctivereliefpursuanttoC.R.S.§§13-51-101-106andC.R.C.P.57.7.ThiscaseisripebecausetheGeneralAssemblyhasreachedanimpasseinattemptingtodrawanewcongressionalmapforColorado.8.VenueisproperunderC.R.C.P.98(b)(2).PARTIES9.PlaintiffKathrynH.HallisacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentandregisteredelectorintheThirdCongressionalDistrict.10.PlaintiffDannyE.StroudisacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentandregisteredelectorintheFirstCongressionalDistrict.11.PlaintiffDickR.Murphy,Ph.D.,isacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentandregisteredelectorintheSecondCongressionalDistrict.2
 
12.PlaintiffMarkD.HillmanisacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentandregisteredelectorintheFourthCongressionalDistrict.13.PlaintiffWayneW.WilliamsisacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentandregisteredelectorintheFifthCongressionalDistrict.14.PlaintiffMarkBaisleyisacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentandregisteredelectorintheSixthCongressionalDistrict.15.PlaintiffShirley
J.
SeitzisacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentandregisteredelectorintheSeventhCongressionalDistrict.16.DefendantScottGessler("Secretary")istheSecretaryofStatefortheStateofColoradoandisresponsiblefortheadministrationandenforcementoftheelectionlawsoftheStateofColorado.FACTUAL
ALLEGATIONS
17.Under2U.S.C.
§
2a,thePresidentoftheUnitedStatestransmitstoCongressastatementshowingthenumberofpersonsineachStateasdeterminedbytheCensusandthenumberofrepresentativestowhicheachStateisentitled.18.Under13U.S.C.§141,theSecretaryofCommerceisrequiredtoreporttoeachStatethedetailedtabulationsofpopulationforspecificgeographicareasofeachState.19.Coloradohasreceivedthisdata.Colorado'scongressionaldistricts,inthewakeofthe2010decennialCensus,areunconstitutionalbecausetheydenyColoradansequalprotectionofthelawsandthe"onepersononevote"principle.
SeeBaker
v.
Carr,
369U.S.186
(1962);seealsoWesberry
v.
Sanders,
376U.S.1(1964),
Carstens
v.
Lamm,
543F.Supp.68(D.Colo.1982).20.Colorado'stotalstatepopulationonApril1,2010,was5,029,196.TheidealpopulationforeachofColorado'ssevencongressionaldistrictsis718,457.21.Colorado'ssevencongressionaldistrictsaremalapportionedandthereforeunconstitutional:
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