Utah Redistricting Chairs Release Official Statement


SALT LAKE CITY * Today the House and Senate chairs of the Utah Redistricting Committee stated that they do not intend to divert the committee’s time to consideration of Utah’s caucus/convention system.
Senator Ralph Okerlund (R-Monroe) and Representative Ken Sumsion (R-American Fork) made the following statement:

“A recent news report has suggested that the Legislature’s Redistricting Committee will discuss changing Utah’s election processes, including the possibility of moving from a caucus/convention system to a direct primary election system.

“As chairs of the Redistricting Committee, we have had no discussions of this issue, we have not placed this item on the Committee’s agenda, nor do we intend to consider this issue at future meetings.

“The purpose of the Redistricting Committee is to help the Legislature meet its constitutional duty to divide the state into congressional, legislative, and state school board districts that are equal in population to ensure equal representation for all citizens. The focus of the Redistricting Committee is completely and exclusively on redistricting, and to conduct the redistricting process in a manner that is fair and open. We will resist any efforts to divert the time and attention of the Committee to other issues.”


One Response to “Utah Redistricting Chairs Release Official Statement”

  1. Jerome Borden Says:

    Redistricting could be so easy. Whatever the state’s population is, divide it by four. Then, start at one corner and check off one county after the other until the next county will exceed that number. Then, do it by precinct until the number is reached. Start the next district with the remaining precincts and then continue with the counties as before. The whole process could be done in one afternoon. No, this process doesn’t take race, gender, sect, or anything else into account. The outcome is easy to predict: A fat stripe at the top of the state, followed by two relatively skinny stripes in the middle, and then a fat stripe on the south end.

    The House and Senate could be finished the next day by the same process.

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