Gerrymandering is defined as dividing an area into political units to give special advantages to one group. After the last census, Newsweek Magazine reported that Utah was the most gerrymandered state in the nation. I have been looking for the newest issue of the magazine to see if it says, "Nothing changed." However, the flagrant drawing of districts in order to protect Republican incumbents and to make it more difficult for Rep. Jim Matheson to be re-elected is even worse than before.
Republican legislators characteristically meet behind closed doors in order to conduct their inappropriate mischief. Then they come out onto the floor and vote for whatever they did in secret.
This year, they supposedly gave Utahns an opportunity to voice their opinions before going behind closed doors to ignore what their constituents have said. Their reactions to the people's rage was, "Where were they when we gave them a chance to voice their opinions?" The people were there, but their opinions were disregarded.
This year, the unbridled enthusiasm to increase their majority included not only splitting neighborhoods, it even include splitting houses! When that was called to the Legislature's attention, members should have said, "Oh, we made a mistake. We'll adjust the boundaries." Instead, they said that those with split houses will be in the district where the bedroom is. How hair brained is that?
Then to compound the horror, the Republican governor said that the boundaries were "reasonable."
Dennis D. Wakefield