Redistricting chairs’ statement on caucus/convention reports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2011

 

UTAH’S REDISTRICTING CHAIRS RESPOND TO RECENT REPORTS ON THE CAUCUS/CONVENTION SYSTEM

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:

Recent news reports have 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.”

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