FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2021
At the end of a two-day special session, the Utah Legislature finished adopting a set of maps for Congressional, House, Senate, and School Board districts, all of which have been grossly gerrymandered and none of which were recommended by the Independent Redistricting Commission created by Utah voters in 2018.
Chase Thomas, executive director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:
“Throughout this entire process and with these final votes, the majority of lawmakers have shown that they’re willing to rig the process in order to put their interests ahead of our communities’ needs. They’ve sliced and diced neighborhoods for their own gain, and Utahns will have to bear the weight of these incumbent-protection, gerrymandered maps for the next decade.
“These maps place an additional burden on those who wish to hold their elected representatives accountable. Without ignoring this fact, we urge Utahns to not give up. Your voices need to be heard and we must all keep speaking up for what’s right, and for a government that delivers on our needs and is responsive to the people.”
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.