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Redistricting Commission Heads to Interim

Media Statement

For Immediate Release:    February 23, 2016

Contact:            Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

Democrats Proposes Redistricting Commission to Guide Legislature
 
Salt Lake City - House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck proposed H.B. 313 - Redistricting Provisions that creates a commission to guide the Utah Legislature through the next round of redistricting. The commission would be composed of appointments by legislative leaders, but not include legislators themselves. A ruling by the United States Supreme Court in 2015 opened up redistricting to include redistricting by referendum, veto, independent commission and others included in the lawmaking process.

Representative Chavez-Houck said, “We are looking ahead to find the best path forward for Utah. States across the nation are having their redistricting efforts overturned by the courts every year. We need to be extremely sure that we are providing fair and equitable boundaries to guarantee fair and equitable elections. Potential for conflict of interest, partisan involvement, or closed-door meetings cannot and should not corrupt this process. By starting now and offering this kind of transparency, the legislature can avoid that entirely.”

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Democrats Reverse Course on Count My Vote Compromise Amendments

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2016
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Democrats Reverse Course on Count My Vote Amending Legislation
 
Salt Lake City - House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement after the Utah House Democratic Caucus reversed course and voted against House Bill 48 - Election Law Amendments.

“There is a major difference between the first version of this bill, which we supported, and the current version of the bill, which we oppose. This version of the bill explicitly gives a political party in Utah the right to exclude unaffiliated voters from its primary election. There is absolutely no excuse for members of this legislature to wholly dismiss and disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of unaffiliated Utah voters. These Utahns have a right to vote, and we are committed to protecting that right. Legislators continue to talk only about a candidate's path to the ballot. It is time to pay attention to the real issue - a Utahn’s ability to vote. We should be eliminating barriers, not erecting them.”

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