Whom we supported
The Proposition 4 campaign is committed to bringing people of all political persuasions together to protect Utah from the harmful effects of gerrymandering. Proposition 4 establishes a reasonable process for addressing the risk of gerrymandering. It will create an independent redistricting commission that will take a first crack at drawing our political boundaries. Commissioners will be appointed by the Governor and state legislative leadership. To promote impartiality, the commissioners can’t be elected officials, lobbyists, candidates for office, or others with a personal interest in the outcome. When drawing the maps, the commission must adhere to common-sense standards that are designed to curb gerrymandering. Those standards include keeping communities of interest together, and not using incumbent addresses and partisan data.
Why we contributed
2018 features an extraordinary amount of activity in anti-gerrymandering, with five states voting on major constitutional reforms to their redistricting process. Election Reformers Network published a report in August 2018, called Laboratories of Democracy at Work, A Comparison of the 2018 Anti-Gerrymandering Ballot Initiatives. Election Reformers Network has decided to provide financial support to the reform process in two of the five states, Utah and Missouri.