El Paso County Precinct Maps

El Paso County Precinct Maps

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office has been working on reorganizing the precincts following the adoption of new legislative maps by the state.

Reproduced below is an email from County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams about that process. The latest map is here.

Two weeks ago on December 13th the Reapportionment Commission filed new state legislative maps with the Colorado Secretary of State. Since that time our office has been working on the changes to precinct boundaries required by these new legislative boundaries. Thanks to the staff members from the Clerk's office and the County Assessor's office as well as representatives from each political party, we completed this task moments ago.

Attached for your review is a copy of the new countywide precinct map which shows the proposed boundaries. The changes fall into four categories:

(1) Changes in the legislative boundaries necessitated moving the boundaries of at least 80 precincts under the requirements of Colorado law.
(2) Minor technical adjustments had to be made to the Commissioner District boundaries in order to be consistent with the legislative boundaries.
(3) The number of precincts has been reduced from 404 to 199. Over the past few years, 60.7\% of our 233,764 active voters have chosen to become permanent mail in voters. As a result, only 40\% of our voters vote at their polling place on Election Day. Recognizing this change, our office previously reduced the number of actual polling places by half. Colorado law permits precincts to have up to 2,000 active voters. In the past, many El Paso County precincts were far smaller than this. Reducing the number of precincts will make it easier for voters to get to the correct polling place and obtain the correct ballot. It also will reduce election costs and better preserve ballot secrecy. (In a small precinct it sometimes is possible to tell how a particular person voted in a low turnout election.) To account for some future growth, no precinct has more than 1,700 active voters.
One of the impacts of the above changes is that some precincts may have multiple committeepersons. When your precinct caucus is held, your precinct will select the two individuals who will be the precinct committeepersons for the new precinct for the coming two-year cycle.
(4) The precincts have new numbers. In the past, precincts were numbered based on when they were created rather than where they were located. The attached map uses school district boundaries for precinct number blocks, enabling you to immediately know the general area where a precinct is located. Gaps exist in the numbering plan so that when new precincts are created they will have numbers similar to the adjacent precincts. The numbering plan is as follows:

100s Colorado Springs District 11
200s Academy District 20
300s Lewis Palmer District 38
400s Falcon District 49
500s Eastern El Paso County School Districts
600s Harrison District 2 & Widefield District 3
700s Cheyenne Mountain District 12 and Manitou District 14
800s Fountain-Fort Carson District 8, Hanover District 28, Fremont District RE-2 (southern districts)
900s Special (e.g., overseas)

The next step in this process is for the Board of County Commissioners to approve these changes. We then will ensure that each voter is assigned to the appropriate precinct. Because this process must be completed by a week from Monday, we have scheduled the new maps for the Commissioners' agenda on Tuesday, January 3rd. The meeting is at 9 a.m. and the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center on 2880 International Circle. We will review any suggestions and comments from you prior to the meeting on Tuesday