Every 10 years after the census, local, state, and federal political boundaries are redrawn to reflect changing demographics and population shifts (including the boundary lines for the State House of Representatives, State Senate, State Board of Education and Congressional Districts). The Utah State Legislature’s 2011 Redistricting Committee is scheduled to travel throughout the state this summer in order to gather public input regarding how the districts should be redrawn. The committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the Lehi Jr. High School auditorium, 700 E. Cedar Hollow Road. The committee staff is scheduled to make a presentation, then the 19-member committee — with 14 Republicans and five Democrats — will take public comment about redistricting. To learn more about the Redistricting Committee and redistricting in general, visit the House of Representatives’ blog.
Also, a community advocacy group called the Utah Citizens’ Counsel is working to build public interest in the redistricting process. The group is made up of members from RepresentMe Utah, the League of Women Voters, the Utah Education Association, AARP and others. UCC is hosting a Web-based community conversation to stimulate interest in the redistricting process; the webinar is on http://www.utahcitizencounsel.org at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, May 19).
Redistricting is an exciting and important event that benefits greatly from public input, so let’s get involved in the process!