UIRC - In the News
Two Panels To Produce Maps For Utah Redistricting Process
By Mark Richardson Posted August 23, 2021
Utah's Redistricting Process Kicks Off
By Leslie Thatcher Posted August , 20 201
Independent redistricting committee; UEA looks to back-to-school amid rising COVID rates
BY Doug Wright & Shelby Hintze, KSL-TV Posted
August 20, 2021 at 1:29 PM
The Independent Redistricting Commission is up against the clock, and looking for the public’s help.
IN FOCUS: Citizen involvement in redistricting
Washington County could get more statehouse representation, thanks to new Census counts
Utah Democrats keeping close eye on redistricting process
“Voters should choose their elected representatives,” according to Democratic Party chair Jeff Merchant. “Elected representatives should not choose their voters. By following the guidelines of the Independent Redistricting Commission, the (state) House and Senate have a chance to give Utahns (political boundaries) they can trust.”
Salt Lake County is a census winner, but will end up a redistricting loser. Here’s why.
By Bethany Rodgers | Posted - August August 17, 2021at 5:00 AM
“I will be more than willing to admit that there are ways that I would love to see lines drawn,” said Jeff Merchant, Utah Democratic Party chair. “But as a Utahn, as an American and as someone who believes in democracy, I think that we have to be looking at ways to improve a system that is clearly broken.”
'We're willing to listen': How you can have a say in Utah's next voting maps
By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted - August 16, 2021 at 7:11 p.m.
The Coalition of Utah Mayors and the Utah heads of the two major political parties came together Monday to express their support for public input in the redistricting process — the process to split up congressional, legislative and school board representation for the next decade — and to learn how to use a new online mapping program that will allow anyone to draw their own maps online for the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission to consider.
Utah redistricting explained: Why you should care
Representation matters. That’s why Rex Facer, chairman of the independent redistricting commission, says every Utahn should care about the process that’s about to begin. “It will determine who they have as representatives over the next 10 years, both at the national level in Congress, but also at the state House and Senate level as well as the state school board,” he said.
Redistricting Data in Hand, Utah Has Short Timeline to Redraw Maps
By Mike Headrick & Cindy st. Clair, KSL TV | Posted August 13, 2021 at 12:44 PM
“It’s a pretty fun process,” said Wright. “We’ll talk you through some prompts on how to think about your community of interest. Is it a shared climate? A shared geographical area? A shared economy? A shared cultural interest that ties you to your neighbors? Then you can actually draw your community of interest and submit that to the Independent Commission.”
IN FOCUS Discussion: Census data and redistricting
The U.S. Census Bureau released new data Thursday that states will use to redraw districts, called “redistricting,” around the country. The data came from the survey conducted every ten years to count everyone who lives in the country. Redistricting is the process of drawing new boundaries to help determine the ideal size of Utah’s Congressional, State Senate, State House of Representatives, and State Board of Education districts.
Weber County stands to lose representation as redistricting lurches forward
By Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner Posted - Aug 12, 2021
Utah Redistricting: Everything You Need To Know
FOX 13 News 360: A look at Utah's redistricting process
By Ben Winslow, KSL.com | Posted - August 08, 2021 at 10:11 PM
Opinion: Join the process to fairly redraw Utah’s political boundaries
In 2018, Utah voters approved Proposition 4, establishing the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission (UIRC). The commission is chartered to draw boundaries for U.S. congressional districts, state legislative districts and state school board districts based on the 2020 federal census, and the commission must submit its plans to the Utah Legislature by Nov. 30 in anticipation of the 2022 election cycle.
State lawmakers seek public input for redistricting
By Mori Kessler, stgeorgeutah.com | Posted - July 25, 2021
“Redistricting impacts everything from congressional districts and school boards to community growth,” Facer said in a statement issued earlier this month. “We want to hear from all Utahns and what they think are their communities of interest that should be recognized throughout the redistricting process, as they know their own communities best.”
Utah’s Redistricting Groups Could Play A Role In Drawing New Maps
By Sonja Hutson, kuer.org | Posted - July 22, 2021 at 5:00 AM
Utah’s Independent Redistricting Commission and the Legislature’s Redistricting Committee are gearing up to draw new districts for Congress, the state school board and the state House and Senate.
RadioACTive Summer Break Podcast
By Byron Stamps brings Truth in Comedy to SLC. TiC storyteller Kamaile Tripp, krcl.org | Posted - July 15, 2021
Utah Independent Redistricting Committee launches new website so you can pick your politicians -- instead of the other way round.
Utah Independent Redistricting Commission launches interactive website
By Gephardt Daily Staff, gephardtdaily.com | Posted - July 14, 2021
The Utah Independent Redistricting Commission on Wednesday launched its new website to allow Utahns to participate first-hand in the redistricting process.
How to draw your own boundaries in Utah's redistricting process
By Ben Winslow, fox13now.com | Posted - July 14, 2021 at 2:55 PM
The Utah State Legislature is beginning the tricky process of redistricting. The process is being fast-tracked because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and getting census data from the federal government.
Will the Utah independent redistricting committee's maps matter?
By Katie Workman, KSL.com | Posted - July 5, 2021 at 5:04 p.m.
In 2018, Utah voters narrowly passed a proposition creating an independent redistricting commission that will recommend redistricting maps to the Utah State Legislature.
The Politics of Redistricting
pbs.org | Aired: June 25, 2021
For the first time in a decade, Utah will redraw its legislative boundaries for both state and federal representation. What’s different in 2021? And how are everyday people influencing the outcome this time around? We bring together stakeholders from both sides of the aisle to discuss the impact across the state.
New commission anxious to bring public into process of drawing new political boundaries
By eseret.com | Posted -
Utah's redistricting committee is now formed. Here's the biggest hurdle it will face
By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted - February 3, 2021 at 7:11 p.m.