At its next meeting, the Utah Redistricting Committee will debate the principles that will guide its process.

One principle from 2001 that will continue to frustrate fair elections in Utah if adopted by the committee is item 3: “Districts will be single member districts.”

Please let redistricting committee members know that you support gerrymander-proof, multi-member districts elected by single transferable vote for all non-congressional districts.

And please ask committee members to reject “single member districts” as a redistricting principle except in the case of congressional districts (which must be single member districts under federal statute), and allow committee members to propose the creation of multi-member districts elected by single transferable vote to populate the state school board, state house of representatives, and state senate.

Electing legislative bodies using multi-member districts and proportional representation is a constitutional, competitive, and representative solution.

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