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Lawmakers subvert democracy by voting for incumbency-protection maps

PRESS RELEASE 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

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Better Utah urges lawmakers to adopt Independent Commission Maps

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Independent Redistricting Commission, created through a voter-approved proposition in 2018, presented its slate of recommended maps to the Legislative Redistricting Committee. During the meeting, Chase Thomas, executive director for Alliance for a Better Utah, gave the following public comment urging lawmakers to

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Who really cares about fair voting maps?

For weeks, two groups have been touring the state talking to the public about redistricting: the Utah Independent Redistricting Committee (UIRC) and the Legislative Redistricting Committee (LRC).  They might be easy to confuse at first. On the surface, they seem similar. But it only took a few hours watching them in action to make their

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Lawmakers must defend the freedom to vote

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to today’s Judiciary Interim Committee meeting during which Utah’s elections and the freedom to vote were attacked, Melissa Nelson-Stippich, engagement director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “The freedom to vote is something all Utahns can

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Government leaders should not be legitimizing misinformation

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today in the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, a presentation was given by Kristen Chevrier from Vaccine Freedom Utah and Open for Business. The presentation, originally titled Business Medical Regulation Protection Act, quickly devolved into a platform for spreading misinformation about

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2 quick ways to take action on Utah’s COVID response

With the Delta variant spreading like wildfire, vaccination rates lower than hoped, and implementation of mask mandates made overly-political and difficult—or in the case of public schools, outright illegal (thanks to the Utah Legislature)—many Utahns are worried about how their communities will fare in the coming weeks and months with schools reopening and public gatherings

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How do we get fair districts and keep communities together?

Every ten years, the lines for our voting districts are drawn. Depending on how the maps are made, the lines can strengthen or separate a community. When a community is sliced apart, their voices are minimized, and elected officials have no incentive to listen to them. A community that is kept together can advocate for

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Better Utah responds to anti-trans Interim discussion

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee discussed the ability of trans girls to participate in school sports. According to the Utah High School Activities Association, there are currently no trans girls participating in school sports in Utah.  Lauren Simpson, policy

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Utah’s conflict of interest problem

With the Legislative session now a month behind us, it’s a good time to reflect not just on what happened, but what we want the Legislature to look like in the future.  Utah has long resisted implementing meaningful ethical standards for public officials. As a matter of fact, a few years ago lawmakers decided to

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