As Utah prepares to redistrict the state with a committee the Utah Legislature says is bipartisan, it will also hold 19 public hearings around the state.
Hearings, that are scheduled to take place between Aug. 18 and Nov. 10, will have an in-person and digitally streaming option. The 20-person committee also promises a redistricting map tool that will be available on its website in the fall.
The committee's current public hearing schedule includes:
- Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the State Capitol
- Thursday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol
- Tuesday, September 7 at 1:00 p.m. in Ogden
- Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Logan
- Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Grantsville
- Monday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Orem
- Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Rose Park
- Friday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. in Cedar City
- Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. in St. George
- Wednesday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. in Richfield
- Wednesday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. in Moab
- Thursday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. in Price
- Friday, October 8 at 10:00 a.m. in Vernal
- Friday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Park City
- Wednesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Clearfield
- Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the State Capitol
- Monday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the State Capitol
- Tuesday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the State Capitol
- Wednesday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m. at the State Capitol
The Utah constitution requires district boundaries be drafted every 10 years to reflect population changes based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The federal government took a U.S census in 2020, though with some controversy, but the data is not yet public.
Rep. Paul Ray said in a press release that those attending public hearings or submitting a map online, public input will help guide lawmaker decisions.
Typically census data is expected in April following the year it was taken but COVID-19 delays in data gathering have pushed the expected release back to August. The software for drawing district maps in Utah is expected to be available in early September.
Learn more about the redistricting process at: Redistricting.utah.gov/