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The Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, photographed Friday January 22, 2016.

In just a few weeks, residents of Provo and others living in Utah Congressional District 3 will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the redistribution.

A public hearing will be held from 6 p.m. on October 8 at the multipurpose room of the Provo Recreation Center. Until then, residents are encouraged to visit http://uirc.utah.gov and post their opinions online and learn more about the impact of redistribution and what it is.

The west side of Utah County, in District 4, will also host a meeting for residents from noon to 3 p.m. on October 9 in Saratoga Springs, although the location is yet to be determined.

In the past, according to information released by the Utah Independent Redistribution Commission, political boundaries were created only by elected officials of the state.

“In 2018, some members of the public expressed a desire to have a greater say in the Utah redistribution process, which led to the passage of (proposal) 4. PROP 4 established a commission of Biparty redistribution that acts independently of the Utah state legislature. The commission’s mission is to collect your comments and draw up maps of the political borders of the people. The maps developed by the committee will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly in November for review. The legislature will finalize and then adopt new political border maps, which will be in place for the next decade, ”the UIRC reported.

In April, several Utah County lawmakers were appointed to the legislative redistribution committee, including Representative Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, whose district covers parts of southern Utah County, as well as representatives Val Peterson, R-Orem; Jefferson Burton, Spanish R-Fork; and Senator Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork.

In a written statement provided to the Daily Herald upon his selection, Nelson said he was “delighted to be appointed to the Legislative Assembly’s 10-Year Redistribution Committee” and has had a “long-standing interest” in the process of redistribution and that he feels the weight of this important responsibility.

“As a committee, we will take input from the public, current office holders and the newly formed independent redistribution commission before making final recommendations for approval by the legislature,” said Nelson.

The representative from Grantsville added that “our intention is not to benefit any individual or party, but to draw boundaries which will provide fair representation to all voters in the state and thus strengthen our system of autonomy. government “.

“In this process, we must also maintain a fair representation of the rural areas of the state as our population becomes more urban,” he said. “I have no doubts that this committee will do its job in a fair and transparent manner to maintain the public trust.”

In a written statement, Peterson noted that Utah “has experienced rapid growth and development over the past 10 years” and said its goal “is to work with committee members and the public to ensure that we come up with a card that represents all the Utahns and best serves the needs of the state.

McKell said being a member of the redistribution committee “is not an assignment that I take lightly,” adding “I will do my part to protect the interests of the Utahns.”

“As the senator representing the fastest growing County of Utah, I am committed to listening to all individuals as I work with other lawmakers to make the best recommendation for our state,” said the Spanish senator from Fork in a statement.

The committee will develop the new limits based on decennial census data from the US Census Bureau.

“Redistribution is a process that only takes place once every 10 years,” according to the UIRC. “States are using the most recent census data to redesign congressional, senate, house, and school board districts within their state. As Utah changes demographically, the redistribution maintains the balance to ensure that every political border is of equal population so that every voice has a chance to be heard. “

This is important for cities like Orem which, according to the census, have grown by 11% over the past decade and are expected to grow by at least 1% or more each year for at least the next 10 years.

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