FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2021
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, lawmakers in the State House passed the Legislative Redistricting Committee’s grossly-gerrymandered map. After hundreds of online comments that broke the Internet and hours of public testimony from Utahns united in opposition to the map, lawmakers decided to go ahead with their map which needlessly splits communities and, according to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project and MGGG Redistricting, performs poorly in a number of impartial criteria.
Chase Thomas, executive director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement in response:
“The freedom of the people to pick their leaders is fundamental to all other freedoms we enjoy in our country. The Legislature’s redistricting process has been an embarrassment from the beginning, but between the the truncated debate on the House floor tonight, the cavalier attitude toward the shortened timeline for public input, and the astonishing unwillingness of lawmakers to draw their maps in the light of day, one thing is clear: GOP lawmakers are only interested in restricting Utahns’ ability to elect leaders of their choosing, and they’re willing to cut our neighborhoods apart to do it.”
Alliance for a Better Utah is a nonprofit that holds politicians accountable and advocates for progressive policies that make Utah an even better place. The organization improves the lives of all Utahns through advocacy, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.