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Group protests ‘gerrymandered’ maps at the Utah State Capitol

A group of Utahns met Wednesday on the steps of the Utah State Capitol to call on Governor Spencer Cox to veto the redistricting map bill recently passed by the legislature.The group says they feel the new map that passed both the House and Senate does not fairly represent Utahns. Protester Sarah Buck says if the bill is signed into law, she believes one-third of Utahns wouldn’t have a voice for the next 10 years.

 

About half-a-million Utahns voted in favor of an independent redistricting commission to recommend voting boundaries. The maps lawmakers approved Wednesday were not recommended by the commission. Instead, they approved their own version.

 

One of the biggest critiques of the proposed map was the dissection of Salt Lake County into four districts.

 

Cox has previously stated he doesn’t plan to issue a veto.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!