Better Boundaries completes signature gathering

The Better Boundaries Coalition announced Monday that it has submitted nearly 190,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative to create a non-partisan redistricting commission to draw legislative, congressional and school board districts for Utah after the 2020 census. (Photo: MGN)

(KUTV) -- The Better Boundaries Coalition announced Monday that it has submitted nearly 190,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative to create a non-partisan redistricting commission to draw legislative, congressional and school board districts for Utah after the 2020 census.

The initiative includes standards for drawing maps and rules to ensure the commission is independent. Those maps would then be submitted to the legislature for its vote.

Only 113,000 signatures are required to place an initiative on the November ballot, so Better Boundaries exceeded the requirement by tens of thousands of signatures.

“Utahns are speaking loud and clear – the people should choose their politicians, politicians shouldn’t choose their voters,” said Better Boundaries co-chair Jeff Wright in a press release. “To have so many people –Republicans, Democrats and Independents – sign petitions to move this initiative forward shows that an independent redistricting commission is an idea Utah is ready for.”

Better Boundaries says its team internally validated the signatures but all verification is completed by the Lt. Governor’s office that will discern if the signatures meet ballot qualification.

“Thousands of Utahns who believe government should be more accountable have given their time and energy to this effort over the past eight months,” said co-chair Ralph Becker in a prepared statement. “We are encouraged by the enthusiasm that greets this initiative everywhere we go, and we are looking forward to November.”


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