Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser thought he presented a good reason for having politicians draw their own districts. In the article “Utahns want independent anti-gerrymandering panel,” (Tribune, June 29), the senator said, “If voters don’t like plans drawn by legislators, they can vote them out.”
That’s precisely the problem: Legislators draw their districts so that they cannot be voted out. Niederhauser will not be in the Senate for the next session solely because he chose not to run again. Otherwise, he could have been a senator for life!
I urge Utah voters to support the ballot initiative to establish an independent redistricting commission so that our elections can be as fair and free as possible.
David R. Zangrilli, Sandy