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.

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

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

Better Utah on the HillNews

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 …

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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 …

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Better Utah InternsBlog

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 …

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NewsPress Releases

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.

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Better Utah in the NewsNews

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Better Utah StaffBlog

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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