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Redistricting

Rampant gerrymandering has left the boundaries of Utah’s four congressional districts looking like someone dropped their phone and the screen has cracked. Our current districts are drawn in such a way that majority-Democratic areas have been divided like slices of pie, lending Republican representatives an unfair advantage and deliberately devaluing the votes of a large number of Utahns.

Join us in our support of the Better Boundaries ballot initiative, which demands the installation of an independent redistricting commission. The nonpartisan commission will ensure that the 2021 redistricting session results in boundaries are proportionally representative, thereby reducing polarization and bolstering civic engagement.

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Learn more about the Better Boundaries campaign, the initiative seeking to create fair redistricting standards and an independent redistricting commission.

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Utah Redistricting 2020, a nonpartisan group of concerned citizens, has tons of information and news about redistricting and gerrymandering in Utah.

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Salt Lake City and Rural Utah Have the Same Problem

A few weeks ago, the ABU Education Fund released a report addressing the negative impacts of gerrymandering on rural Utah. You probably have not read it, because that report was 20 pages long and full of information that only policy weirdos like us care about. With a fresh coat of tape on our glasses, we…

Judge: Clerk Falsified Complaint Against Navajo Candidate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge who ordered a Utah county to put a Navajo man back on the ballot has determined the county clerk violated state law by improperly dating the residency complaint and by overstepping his role. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said in his written decision filed Thursday night that Democrat Willie Grayeyes’…

Action Alert: Make a formal comment against citizenship question on 2020 Census

Background The Census Bureau has proposed adding a question to the 2020 Census asking every American household to record which members of their family are U.S. citizens. This question could intimidate ethnic and immigrant populations from participating in the census, leading to inaccurate and undercounted results. The purpose of the Census is to count everyone,…

Press Release: San Juan County Officials Accused of Mistreating Political Opponent

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2018 SAN JUAN COUNTY OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF MISTREATING POLITICAL OPPONENT Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Democratic candidate for the San Juan County Commission Willie Grayeyes filed suit in response to his removal from the November ballot by the county clerk. The lead defendant is  Lt. Gov. Spencer…

Press Release: Alliance for a Better Utah responds to SCOTUS Gill V Whitford

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2018 ALLIANCE FOR A BETTER UTAH RESPONDS TO SCOTUS GILL V WHITFORD Salt Lake City, UT – This morning, the United States Supreme Court declined to issue a substantive ruling in the Gill V Whitford case addressing partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Instead, the Supreme Court has sent the…

Unofficially, Many Utah Law Enforcement Groups Are Lining up To Oppose The Medical Marijuana Initiative

Both sides of the newly certified medical marijuana campaign are still taking shape, yet there’s one group that’s largely taken a back-seat role in the increasingly nasty debate marred with allegations of sleazy politics and lies. The various levels of law enforcement in Utah have been quiet during the lead-up to the initiative collecting enough voter signatures…

2018 Ballot Initiatives: What You Need to Know

Authored by Rochelle Kaplan, Better Utah Board Member Several 2018 ballot initiative petition packets are making the rounds, via volunteers. I carry three of them to social functions, doctor’s appointments, walks with my dog Panda, and the gym, trying to garner signatures. We have until April to gather valid signatures that must be equal to...

Better Utah Criticizes AG Reyes for Support of Partisan Gerrymandering

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 24, 2017 CONTACT: Chase Thomas | Alliance for a Better Utah chase@betterutah.org - - - - - - GROUP CRITICIZES AG REYES FOR SUPPORT OF PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING - - - - - - Salt Lake City, UT - The Alliance for a Better Utah criticized Utah Attorney General...

Group criticizes AG Reyes for support of partisan gerrymandering

Source: Utah Policy The Alliance for a Better Utah criticized Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes for signing onto an amicus brief supporting the practice of partisan gerrymandering. Reyes’ signature on an amicus brief in the case of Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging partisan boundaries drawn by the Wisconsin legislature, had gone previously unreported in…

Utah redistricting could be the subject of a ballot initiative and a lawsuit

Source: Fox 13 How Utah lawmakers the boundaries for legislature and congress could be the subject of an upcoming ballot initiative and a possible lawsuit. A group spearheaded by former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, a Democrat, and former liquor control commissioner Jeff Wright, a Republican, is working on a ballot initiative to create…

Press Release – BETTER UTAH DISMAYED BY UTAH SENATE REJECTION OF REDISTRICTING STANDARDS

Salt Lake City, UT – This morning, the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee voted along party lines to reject HJR 1: Joint Rules Resolution on Redistricting Standards. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Merrill Nelson (R – Grantsville), would have adopted fair and reasonable standards to guide the Utah Legislature during the next redistricting…

Press Release – BETTER UTAH SUPPORTS HJR 1 – CALLS ON LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH RULES FOR FAIR AND PROPORTIONAL REDISTRICTING

Salt Lake City, UT – During a hearing of the House Government Operations Committee today, the Alliance for a Better Utah testified in support of Rep. Merrill Nelson’s HJR 1, “Joint Rules Resolution on Redistricting Standards.” This resolution would establish principles and procedures for the legislature to follow during the next redistricting process in 2021….

Redistricting 101

This past Friday, Alliance for a Better Utah hosted a panel discussion at the Sandy Senior Center about redistricting.  Our founder and board chair, Josh Kanter, facilitated the discussion with Rep. Chavez-Houck (D) and Quang Dang of Represent Me Utah.  The subject of redistricting may seem a little dry at first glance, but the subject…

Better UTAH: SCOTUS redistricting ruling is a victory for voters

In Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona ballot initiative that established an independent redistricting commission.

Redistricting Records Finally Released by State Legislature

The Utah State Legislature finally decided to release redistricting records over the weekend after a nearly yearlong fight for their disclosure. Alliance for a Better UTAH was part of a coalition of citizen and media groups fighting for the release of the records. FOX13’s Max Roth briefly sat down with Better UTAH Executive Director Maryann…

Better UTAH Speaks Against Legislature’s Redistricting Secrecy

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 20, 2012 Better UTAH Speaks Against Legislature’s Redistricting Secrecy _________________________________________________________________________ Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better UTAH, testified this morning before the Legislature Records Committee that withholding redistricting documents violates the spirit and intent of Utah’s constitution. After the committee voted 3-1 against releasing the documents (unless…

RELEASE: Boehner Brings Incivility to Utah Politics & Love Campaign

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Boehner Brings Incivility To Utah Politics & Love Campaign _________________________________________________________________________ The Alliance for a Better UTAH was formed in an attempt to raise the level of civil political discourse about issues important to Utahns. We hope to engage ordinary citizens, candidates and elected officials in this discourse. With…

Redistricting

All around the state, the people have spoken loud and clear: Keep our communities of interest together. This is true whether we are talking about congressional districts, state house districts or state senate districts. The Alliance for a Better UTAH calls on the redistricting committee to adhere to the principles it adopted, and those common-sense principles that their constituents have called upon them to adopt. We call upon the redistricting committee to listen to the citizens of Utah and demonstrate how the final redistricting maps respect our communities of interest.
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