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Readers' forum: A redistricting jury

Published: Thursday, April 14 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

To prevent gerrymandering of Utah's Legislative districts, perhaps the process should eliminate legislators altogether by choosing registered voters to draw the boundaries.

The process could be similar to how jurors are chosen in Utah. Potential "jurors" are randomly chosen from Utah's registered voter lists. To be a "juror" on the redistricting committee, the potential jurors could not have any conflict of interest with any legislator, representative, Gov. Gary Herbert, etc. Once the juror pool is finalized, no legislator or representative could have any contact with these jurors. (Perhaps the jurors should be sequestered to prevent any hanky-panky from happening.)

It would be a "win-win" situation: the redistricting process would be fair and no legislators could influence the process to benefit themselves.

Teri Harrison

Salt Lake City

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