Redistricting meeting taking place in Logan Wednesday

The Utah Legislature’s redistricting committee is holding a public meeting Wednesday in Logan. The meeting will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Utah State University Taggart Student Center Auditorium.State Representative Curt Webb, R-District 5, is a member of the committee and he encourages local residents to come out and look over the proposed maps and discuss them with committee members.Webb says the crowds have not be as large at other meetings as he would like to see but he says those attending have been giving suggestions. He says what most people want in a district is a commonality of interests.”The rural people, for example, don’t like what they are calling the Pizza Pie Cut for Congressional districts because they feel like then the urban districts, because they have so many people, dominate the rural vote,” Webb explains. “We hear that and we hear counties say they want to be represented by one or two of our own people instead of having to share with other counties.”Webb says numbers will drive the decisions of the redistricting committee as members draw up new boundaries all over the state. There are 75 house districts and if they are supposed to be evenly divided it would mean 36,852 people for each district with a variance of around three-and-a-half percent.Webb says so far there have been few partisan comments at the redistricting meetings.

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