Utah Redistricting 2000

Utah’s Political Lineup

  1991

2001

Governor R R
State Senate 19R, 10D

20R, 9D

State House

44R, 31D

51R, 24D
US Senators 2R 2R
US Reps 2D, 1R 2R, 1D

 

Redistricting Deadline

The deadline for both congressional and state legislative district plans is at the first legislative session following the population count by the United States Census Bureau.

Who’s in Charge of Redistricting?

The legislature is responsible for redistricting. A joint, ad-hoc committee is usually appointed. The governor has veto power over both congressional and state legislative district plans.

Districting Principles 

Principle

Congressional

State Legis.

Compactness

+

+

Contiguity

+

+

Political subdivisions

+  + 

Communities of interest

+  + 

Cores of prior districts

     

Protect incumbents

a

a

VRA 5

   

  + = required               - = prohibited             a=allowed

Public Access

Public hearings were recently held around the state that gave citizens the opportunity to present testimony. The legislature also has a redistricting website where citizens can make comments , view maps, and view transcripts of the meetings.

 

Political Landscape

The special geography of Utah has created ongoing intraparty conflicts against urban and rural interests. 80% of the state's population is concentrated in a four county area called the "Wasatch Front,” next to the Wasatch mountain range. This heavy population concentration often requires districts to be drawn with both urban and rural characteristics. Rural interests fear that being included in districts with urban populations will jeopardize their political clout in the legislature.

With Republicans in firm control of redistricting in 2001, they likely will seek a plan that will restore a Republican monopoly of the state's three U.S. House seats.

Contact Information

Richard Strong
Director Legislative Research & General Counsel
 State Capitol, Room 436
 Salt Lake City, UT 84114
 801/538-1032
 801/538-1712 Fax
 rstrong@le.state.ut.us

 Stewart Smith
 Managing Research Analyst
 Legislative Research & General Counsel
 State Capitol, Room 436
 Salt Lake City, UT 84114
 801/538-1032 801/538-1712 Fax
 ssmith@le.state.ut.us