FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2011
POLITICAL MAPPING TOOLBOX NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC
SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time, Utah citizens can draw, share, submit and discuss political boundary maps from the comfort of their own homes.
The new mapping software is available to anyone with a web browser and can be accessed from the state’s redistricting site: www.RedistrictUtah.com.
The toolbox, created in partnership with mapping company ESRI, allows citizens to:
* Create redistricting maps for each type of district.
* Begin with a blank map or use current boundaries as a starting point.
* Save unfinished plans and resume working on them later.
* Share their maps with specific users or the public.
* Use common social media tools to amplify the discussion.
* Propose maps for consideration by the Redistricting Committee.
* Offer suggestions, feedback and insight on other maps.
To get started, users need to provide a name, email address, username, and password. They can then jump in and start using the tools to draw district boundaries.
The Utah Legislature is constitutionally tasked with redrawing political boundaries every 10 years based on the most recent U.S. Census numbers. In addition to the online tool, the Redistricting Committee will continue to host an unprecedented number of public meetings statewide to share proposals and hear citizen input.
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