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Extreme Gerrymanders

Extreme Gerrymanders
February 25, 2022

Utah is now infamous for our gerrymandering. This informative report demonstrates just how extreme Utah’s congressional map is: “The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center estimates this new map is more skewed than 99% of the enacted redistricting plans it has analyzed over the past 50 years.” Utahns deserve better. Read more: https://issueone.org/articles/extreme-gerrymanders/

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Better Boundaries Report Card Press Release

Better Boundaries Report Card Press Release
February 22, 2022

Better Boundaries released a report card assigning state lawmakers with a letter grade on the issue of gerrymandering. The grades are a response to how lawmakers voted during last year’s special redistricting session.

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How Can We Combat Gerrymandering?

How Can We Combat Gerrymandering?
January 26, 2022

In the previous installment of the blog series “Gerrymandering 101,” we discussed how gerrymandering makes it easier for a politician and members of their own party to win elections and hurts both voters and our democracy. But while the harms of gerrymandering cannot be ignored, it is possible combat gerrymandering and ensure that voters can…

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A primer on dealing with the Utah State Legislature when you’re cynical about everything

A primer on dealing with the Utah State Legislature when you’re cynical about everything
January 26, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s that time of year, when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill from their winter break and begin the process of passing a multi-billion dollar budget and hundreds of bills. This year, they’ll deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, water conservation, Utah’s exploding growth and explore tax cuts. In the aftermath of…

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Lawmakers received hundreds of emails in support of the independent redistricting commission. Why didn’t they listen?

Lawmakers received hundreds of emails in support of the independent redistricting commission. Why didn’t they listen?
January 26, 2022

“It provides accountability to the redistricting process.” “We need representation that understands the diversity of this area.” “As a voter in a rural area I’m entirely uncomfortable with my vote being used to dilute the power of another.” These are just some of the hundreds of emails obtained by the Deseret News and KSL Investigates…

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The New York Times, November 2021

The New York Times, November 2021
November 19, 2021

Interested in a redistricting primer? Check out this interactive feature from the NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/07/us/politics/redistricting-maps-explained.html?referringSource=articleShare

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KUTV, November 2021

KUTV, November 2021
November 19, 2021

KUTV November 15, 2021 TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (KUTV) — Wendy Davis and Lynette Wendel, both democrats, nearly unseated long-time Republican state lawmakers Steve Eliason and Jim Dunnigan in 2020. The races were so close, they felt confident they could beat them in the next election, but now the women say those hopes were dashed when district…

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Better Boundaries Accountability PAC

Better Boundaries Accountability PAC
November 11, 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Launched on Monday, November 8th as it became clear that the Utah Legislature was determined to ignore the will of the people and enact egregious partisan and incumbent protection gerrymanders, the Better Boundaries Accountability PAC’s goal is more responsive and accountable elected officials. The PAC will strategically deploy funds in the…

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STATEMENT FROM BETTER BOUNDARIES ON LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MAPS; ANNOUNCEMENT OF PAC

STATEMENT FROM BETTER BOUNDARIES ON LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MAPS; ANNOUNCEMENT OF PAC
November 10, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – Better Boundaries released the following statement:­­”We are deeply disappointed the Utah Legislative Redistricting Committee disregarded the will of the people and chose to push forward their own set of gerrymandered maps last evening. The legislative committee’s maps, to be voted on in this special session, clearly have no consideration for the…

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