Everyone knows Utah deserves a fourth seat in Congress. Everyone except North Carolina supports addressing that injustice.
We may have another shot at it.
One key question demands answers before we go forward:
What sort of process should we use to draw a map dividing the state into four congressional districts within the incredibly short time frame that some in Congress, apparently, are demanding?
Can we do it fast enough and still do it right?
Those who have been through redistricting know that this doesn’t happen by magic.
For thirty years we have followed a meticulous process to solicit and obtain public input. It's not perfect, but it is at least thorough. The legislature:
- Appoints a Redistricting Committee;
- Establishes a transparent process emphasizing public involvement;
- Adopts governing principles to promote fairness;
- Solicits public input, which includes public hearings statewide;
- Prepares, deliberates, and chooses among alternate plans;
After a careful and thorough process we convene in special session to adopt a final map. In a nutshell: we do the job right. Those who think we can fast-track the new maps are essentially asking us to forgo public participation and limit principles of fairness.
We need your input, folks. How far down this road are we willing to walk to get our fourth seat?