Who will represent you?

Who will represent you?
The Redistricting Committee kicked off their first week with an introduction to the redistricting process. Here are some highlights and facts to take away from the meeting:
  • Who are the members of the Redistricting Committee? Click here
  • U.S. House seats are reapportioned following decennial census. There are 435 U.S. House seats, each state receives one guaranteed seat. The remaining 385 seats are divided based on population
  • What is redistricting? A constitutionally mandated redrawing of local, state, and federal political boundaries every ten years following the U.S. census. The lines of the State House of Representatives, State Senate, State Board of Education and Congressional Districts are redrawn to reflect changing demographics and population shifts.
  • Redistricting is the Utah State Legislature’s responsibility. Utah Constitution – Article IX, Section 1 “…the Legislature shall divide the state into congressional, legislative, and other districts…”
  • Legislative staffed demonstrated redistricting software that allows lawmakers, citizens and the media to draw boundaries on a statewide map based on census data. The software will be available within several weeks and the public can present their solutions and maps during public hearings throughout the process.
  • What is apportionment? The proportional distribution of the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the basis of the population of each state.
  • Adapted Guidelines for 2011 Redistricting:

1. All requests to use staff time and redistricting resources must first be cleared by a member of the committee and by one of the committee chairman. A committee chairman will not unreasonably deny a legitimate request.

2. To ensure the security of information and to protect licensing agreements with software manufacturers, access to computer information and the computer system used in the redistricting process will be restricted to redistricting committee staff. With permission from a chairman, individual legislators may be present and direct staff in drawing plans.

3. Redistricting Committee meetings will be open to the public.

4. Members of the public may obtain any copies of written information provided at Redistricting Committee meetings.

5. Political data will not be included in the redistricting computer system. Political data should not be shown to or discussed with redistricting committee staff nor at Redistricting Committee meetings.

6. Every change to a proposed plan by any committee member must also resolve the ripple effect on the entire plan caused by that change.

  • The next Redistricting Committee meeting will be held May 4th at 9:00 AM in Room 30 of the House Building. The agenda, audio and general information will be posted here.