What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is a process that occurs every 10 years, where states use the most recent census data to designate electoral boundaries within the state. The Utah Independent Redistricting Commission (UIRC), based on your input, is tasked with creating maps for congressional, state senate, state house, and school board districts, which maps will then be submitted to the Utah State Legislature for consideration.
Who is responsible for redistricting?
Prior to the creation of the UIRC, Utahns relied solely on their state elected officials to create political boundaries. In the past, some members of the public have expressed a desire to have more say in Utah’s redistricting process and advocated for the creation of a redistricting commission that acts independently from the Utah State Legislature. The result was the creation of the seven-member, bipartisan UIRC, whose mission is to gather input from you, the people of Utah, and use that information to develop potential political boundary maps for the state of Utah. The maps developed by the UIRC will be submitted to the Utah State Legislature for consideration in conjunction with redistricting maps the Legislature is developing through its own process. The Legislature will then finalize new political boundary maps which will be in place for the next decade.
How to Participate in the Process
Redistricting impacts everything from congressional districts and school boards to community growth. As Utah changes demographically, redistricting resets a balance to makes sure that each political boundary is of substantially equal population and representation, so that every voice has a chance to be heard.
Why is Redistricting Important?
After the most recent census data is released, our independent commission will begin to create proposed boundaries that could make up Utah’s four congressional districts, state senate, state house, and school board districts for the next decade. And we want you to be a part of the process. By visiting the UIRC’s website, Utahns can explore the census data, submit their comments and ideas on the suggested draft maps, and even create their own maps. Even before the census data is released, we want to hear from you and what you think are your “communities of interest” that should be recognized throughout the redistricting process. You know your communities - this is how you make sure they are heard.