Initiative aims to create new way of districting in Utah

Former 11-term Congressman Jim Hansen was one of the first to sign and the Fair Boundaries Initiative has been endorsed by the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News and other organizations. Kathy Snyder of Mendon, who is leading the Cache County effort to get the initiative on the November ballot, says right now elected officials are choosing their voters instead of voters choosing their leaders. Right now the legislature is required to do the redistricting every 10 years after the Census, but Snyder says the initiative would mean an independent commission would do the re-districting and there would be no gerrymandering.”Basically, what we’re trying to do is have a plan that has concise requirements,” Snyder says. “They would be, the commission would be, mandated to as much as possible follow county boundaries, respect cities and towns within counties, respect neighborhoods within cities and towns.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Snyder said the commission would also look at other sensible boundaries. “They would be asked to respect geographical boundaries,” Snyder said. “Mountain ranges would be the major one here in Utah.”Of the 11-member commission, no more than four could be from the same political party, three members would be appointed by the Utah Association of Counties, three by the Utah League of Cities and Towns, one member by the Utah Board of Education and four members from a pool of qualified citizen applicants appointed by the seven other commission members.Snyder says people can now sign petitions online at

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. For more information, call Snyder at 770-1535.

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