‘Utah Politics’ podcast: How to get involved in redrawing our boundaries

The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board talks map drawing with the lawmakers who will head up the redrawing of Utah’s political maps

(Bryan Schott | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, and Rep. Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton, the House and Senate chairs of the Utah Legislature's Redistricting Committee, discuss how the panel will redraw Utah's political maps at a press conference on July 14, 2021.

After a pandemic-related delay, the Census Bureau finally released data Utah lawmakers will use to redraw the state’s political boundaries in the once-a-decade redistricting process.

On this episode, we bring you an on-the-record conversation with The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board and Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield and Sen. Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton, chairs of the Legislature’s Redistricting Committee.

Ray says he’s eager to get down to business but understands no matter what the final maps look like, not everybody will be happy.

“Our job is to look at the data, put it together, and do what we feel is the best move for Utah. There’s always going to be a contingent of people that claim something is gerrymandered. There’s nothing we can do about that,” Ray said.

They discuss their approach to drawing the state’s new political maps, how the public can get involved, and whether Utah’s districts are drawn to favor Republicans over Democrats.

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