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Legislative Redistricting Maps Split Communities and Gerrymander Utahns

Legislative Redistricting Maps Split Communities and Gerrymander Utahns
November 7, 2021

Late on Friday night, the Legislative Redistricting Committee released four proposed maps, one each for congress, state senate, state house, and state school board. In a side-by-side comparison of the Independent Redistricting Commission’s maps, the legislative maps fail to meet key criteria and do not offer any demonstrable improvements. In fact, two of the maps…

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Independent Commissioners Unanimously Recommend 12 Maps

Independent Commissioners Unanimously Recommend 12 Maps
November 1, 2021

On Monday night, Utah’s first-ever Independent Redistricting Commission unanimously approved 12 maps for recommendation to the Utah State Legislature. The maps score well on all the criteria set out in state statute. For example, they keep cities and counties intact whenever possible. Additionally, all maps were drawn in a transparent process that the public could…

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Statement from Better Boundaries Executive Director Katie Wright on the Independent Commission’s Unanimous Approval of 12 Maps for Recommendation to the Legislative Redistricting Committee<br/><br/>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from Better Boundaries Executive Director Katie Wright on the Independent Commission’s Unanimous Approval of 12 Maps for Recommendation to the Legislative Redistricting Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 26, 2021

SALT LKE CITY – Better Boundaries Executive Director released the following statement:­ ­“Last night, Utah’s first-ever Independent Redistricting Commission unanimously approved twelve maps (three each for State House, State Senate, State School Board, and Congress) for recommendation to the Legislative Redistricting Committee. We applaud their efforts and remind Utahns this commission was established in order…

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Statement from Better Boundaries Executive Director Katie Wright on Rob Bishop’s Resignation from Independent Redistricting Commission <br/> </br>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from Better Boundaries Executive Director Katie Wright on Rob Bishop’s Resignation from Independent Redistricting Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 25, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – Better Boundaries Executive Director Katie Wright released the following statement: We are disappointed to hear of Commissioner Rob Bishop’s resignation from Utah’s Independent Redistricting Commission. The Commission, which was passed by voters in 2018, renegotiated by lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Herbert in 2020 is required to uphold a…

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Four Years in the Making: The Status of Redistricting

Four Years in the Making: The Status of Redistricting
October 21, 2021

We are in the critical last days of adopting the People’s Maps here in Utah. But we are also part of a historic national movement to ensure that people are picking their politicians. We are excited to announce that we are hosting a virtual event featuring Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director of Common Cause on…

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FOX 13 News 360: A look at Utah’s redistricting process

FOX 13 News 360: A look at Utah’s redistricting process
September 2, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Every 10 years, the boundaries for congress, state legislature and state school board are redrawn in a process called “redistricting.” It’s vitally important because who represents you helps set policies ranging from potholes to taxes. This year will be different. In 2018, voters approved Proposition 4 that created an independent redistricting…

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Congratulations to Utah’s Independent Redistricting Commission

Congratulations to Utah’s Independent Redistricting Commission
September 2, 2021

Congratulations to Utah’s Independent Redistricting Commission. Joined by city and county mayors and managers, it was clear that leaders understand how critical it is that communities have representation. Learn about all the commissioners on our website: betterboundaries.org

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Rex. Facer Speaks On Representing The People’s Interests

Rex. Facer Speaks On Representing The People’s Interests
September 2, 2021

“We’ll put out a map, we’ll get public input and we’ll see where we got it right, where we got it wrong and try to make corrections, try to make it better and more representative of the people’s interests.” Rex Facer, Chair Utah Independent Redistricting Commission in a KSL.com report. Draw YOUR map now at https://staging.betterboundaries.org/draw-your-map/

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A Surge of Citizen Activism Amps Up the Fight Against Gerrymandering

A Surge of Citizen Activism Amps Up the Fight Against Gerrymandering
September 1, 2021

With new map-drawing tools at their disposal, U.S. residents are paying more attention to how congressional lines are drawn than ever, following the release of 2020 Census data.   On a recent Tuesday night, Khyla D. Craine, chair of Delta Sigma Theta’s redistricting committee, led more than 1,000 of her fellow sorority alumnae through how…

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