Legislative redistribution maps receive backlash from some Utahns

The legislative redistribution committee held a public hearing on Monday. The committee presented its maps for the Congressional, State Senate, State House, and State Board of Education districts and received public comment on each map.

Some Utahns like Republican Party of Utah Chairman Carson Jorgensen applauded the committee.

“We are one Utah, and this map represents both rural and urban areas and we are grateful for the things you have come up with and for all the work you have done,” Jorgensen said.

But others like Katie Wright, executive director of Better Boundaries, held their applause.

“Instead of thinking about creating ridings where voters have the ability to hold their elected officials to account,” Wright said. “They have created districts where elected officials are protected and free from liability.”

Wright, as well as the majority of those who commented, were in favor of the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission cards.

“It was really great to see that a group of people could put politics aside and focus instead on communities and what voters were asking for,” Wright said.

The committee voted to approve all of their maps, instead of UIRC’s, despite numerous comments asking the committee to do otherwise throughout the night.

“I think it’s important that we recognize that the redistribution commission was put in place by the citizens of Utah,” said a man from Salt Lake City. “We have voted and we have voted several times, and we asked you to listen to the recommendations of the cutting commissions and you did not.”

The committee’s cards have been approved by the Utah House and the Senate and are now awaiting approval from Governor Cox.

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