Waddoups on redistricting: both sides accusing the other of gerrymandering

It’s back to the drawing board for the Utah Redistricting Committee as members try to decide the congressional districts that will be in place for the next decade.The committee will be discussing new proposals for four new congressional district boundaries. Senate President Michael Waddoups says that’s because the full legislature could not agree on a map earlier this week.”Everybody says, ‘draw it this way because it will be more fair.’ Everybody’s accusing everyone else of gerrymandering,” Waddoups says. “If it advantages the Republicans then the Republicans gerrymandered. If it advantages the Democrats then the Democrats gerrymandered. “We’ve got people out there now saying. ‘let’s have an independent commission come in here and draw these.’ Then you ask the question where can you get an independent commission. Well it would have to be from out of state.”On KVNU’s For the People program Waddoups said that’s because everyone has a constituency they want to be considered first.

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