Utah Group Plans Neutral Redistricting Board Ballot Item

Jul 5, 2017

Utah residents might have the chance to vote for an independent redistricting commission that would redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries after the 2020 Census.

A group called Utahns for Responsive Government is working to collect the more than 100,000 signatures required to put the initiative on the state's 2018 ballot. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is part of the group and says "politicians should not be choosing their voters."

The group hopes to take power away from the politicians and give it to a neutral commission, citing gerrymandering as the reason Republicans hold all of Utah's six seats in Congress.

Gerrymandering refers to drawing districts for elected offices in a way that ensures one political party has the advantage in as many races as possible.