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DISTRICTCOURT,CITYANDCOUNTYOFDENVER,STATEOFCOLORADO1437BannockStreet,Room256Denver,Colorado80202CourtTel.:(720)865-8301
Plaintiffs:DOMINICKMORENO;CHRISTINELELAIT;WILLIAMN.PATTERSON;RITAMAHONEY;ROGERCLARK;KRISTIMATSUNAKA;andMIKELWHITNEY
v.
Defendant:SCOTTGESSLER,inhisofficialcapacityasSecretaryofStateoftheStateofColoradoCOURTUSEONLY'"
AttorneysforPlaintiffs:
MarkG.GrueskinTamaraF.GoodletteRothgerberJohnson
&
LyonsLLP12001
til
Street,Suite3000Denver,Colorado80202PhoneNumber:(303)623-9000FAXNumber:(303)623-9222E-mail:mgrueskin@rothgerber.com;tgoodlette@rothgerber.comAtty.Reg.
##:
14621,35775CaseNumber:Division/Courtroom:
COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORY,INJUNCTIVEANDOTHERRELIEF
DominickMoreno,ChristineLeLait,WilliamN.Patterson,RitaMahoney,RogerClark,KristiMatsunaka,andMikelWhitney(collectively"Plaintiffs"),byandthroughtheirattorneys,RothgerberJohnson
&
LyonsLLP,allegeasfollowsfortheirComplaintforDeclaratory,InjunctiveandOtherRelief:
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JURISDICTION
&-
VENUE
1.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthesubjectmatterofthisactionpursuanttoColo.Const.art.VI,§9and42U.S.C.§§1983.PlaintiffsalsoseekdeclaratoryreliefpursuanttoC.R.S.§13-51-101
etseq"
andC.R.S,§13-51-106.2.VenueisproperinthisCourtpursuanttoColo,R.Civ.P.98(b)(2).
THEPARTIES
3.PlaintiffKristiMatsunakaisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,acitizenandresidentofthestateofColorado,andaregisteredvoterinColorado'sFirstCongressionalDistrict.4.PlaintiffRitaMahoneyisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,acitizenandresidentofthestateofColorado,andaregisteredvoterinColorado'sSecondCongressionalDistrict.5.PlaintiffWilliamN.PattersonisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,acitizenandresidentofthestateofColorado,andaregisteredvoterinColorado'sThirdCongressionalDistrict.6.PlaintiffRogerClarkisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,acitizenandresidentofthestateofColorado,andaregisteredvoterinColorado'sFourthCongressionalDistrict.7.PlaintiffChristineLeLaitisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,acitizenandresidentofthestateofColorado,andaregisteredvoterinColorado'sFifthCongressionalDistrict.8.PlaintiffMikelWhitneyisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,acitizenandresidentofthestateofColorado,andaregisteredvoterinColorado'sSixthCongressionalDistrict.9.PlaintiffDominickMorenoisacitizenoftheUnitedStates,acitizenandresidentofthestateofColorado,andaregisteredvoterinColorado'sSeventhCongressionalDistrict..10.Plaintiffshavestandingtopursuethisaction.11.DefendantScottGessler("SecretaryGessler")isColorado'sSecretaryofStateandisresponsibleforadministrationandenforcementofthestate'selectionlaws.
FACTUALALLEGATIONS
12,Under2U.S.C.§2a,thePresidentoftheUnitedStatesisrequiredeverytenyearstotransmittoCongressastatementshowingthenumberofpersonsineachstate(asascertained
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underthefederaldecennialcensusofpopulation)andthenumberofrepresentativestowhicheachstateisentitled.13.OnoraboutDecember21,2010,theSecretaryofCommerceoftheUnitedStatesreportedtothePresidentoftheUnitedStatesthetabulationofpopulationforeachofthefiftystates,includingthestateofColorado,asdeterminedinthe2010federaldecennialcensus.14.Under13U.S.C.§141,commonlyreferredtoas"PublicLaw94-171,"theSecretaryofCommercewasrequired,byApril1,2011,tocomplete,report,andtransmittoeachstatethedetailedtabulationsofpopulationforspecificgeographicareaswithineachstate.StatesordinarilyusetheP.L.94-171datatoredrawtheircongressionaldistricts.15.TheUnitedStatesBureauoftheCensushasdeliveredtoColoradoGovernorBillRitterandtheleadersoftheColoradolegislaturetheofficialCensus2010RedistrictingDataSummaryFilepursuanttoP.L.94-171.16.BecauseoftherelativecontinuityinColorado'sproportionalpopulationastocomparedtotheUnitedStatesasawhole,thepeopleofColoradowillcontinuetoelectsevenrepresentativestotheUnitedStatesforthenextdecade.17.C.R.S.§2-1-100.5mandatesthatColoradobedividedintocongressionaldistrictspursuanttotheofficialfiguresofthemostrecentfederaldecennialcensus.18.C.R,S.§2-1-101containsthecurrentapportionmentofColorado'scongressionaldistricts.Pursuantto
§
2-1-101(1),ColoradoiscurrentlydividedintosevencongressionaldistrictsfortheelectionofrepresentativestotheUnitedStatesHouseofRepresentatives.Becausetherehavebeenshiftsinproportionatepopulationamongthestate'scongressionaldistrictssincethe2010census,Coloradoismalapportioned.19.The2000federaldecennialcensusshowedthestatetobeinhabitedby4)01,262people.In2010,thefederalcensusestablishedthestate'spopulationtobe5,029,196people.Accordingtothe"oneperson,onevote"requirementassetforthbelow,theidealpopulationofeachofthesevendistrictstowhichColoradoisentitledisnolonger614,466people,but718,457people.20.Thepopulationofthesixcurrentcongressionaldistricts,andthepopulationdeviationfromtheidealpopulationof718,457peopleperdistrict,issetforthinthetablebelow:DistrictPresentPopulationDeviationFromIdeal%Deviation
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662,039733,805(56,418)15,348(7.8%)2.1%
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