Every single person who has proposed a redistricting map is male.
Utah’s redistricting committee has invited any citizen to create their own redistricting map and publish it at RedistrictUtah.com. The site went live a few weeks ago. The first citizen submissions showed up three weeks ago. So, are people using it?
I asked my dedicated research assistant, Robbie Richards, to look through all the maps that have been posted so far. Here’s what he found.
- 67 different people have uploaded a proposed map. 44 people (66%) uploaded only 1 map; 12 (18%) uploaded 2 maps; 5 (7%) uploaded 3 maps; 5 (7%) uploaded 4 maps; and 1 (1%) uploaded a whopping 9 maps.
- 5 (7%) of the contributors are current legislators, including Sen. Okerlund (2 maps), Sen. Waddoups (2 maps), Rep. Sumsion (2 maps), Sen. Davis (1 maps), Rep. Webb (2 maps), and Rep. Cox (4 maps).
- 2 (3%) of the contributors have names that sound like former legislators. Jon Greiner submitted one map and Steve Clark submitted four.
- That means 60 contributors (90%) are (apparently) civilians.
Of course, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that those 60 citizen contributors are “normal” citizens. It’s probably safe to say that they are politically active. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them have served as party delegates or as campaign managers. Still, that’s an impressive level of citizen involvement, especially when we consider how time consuming it is to produce a map proposal.
Here’s what’s most surprising, though: Every single person who has proposed a redistricting map is male. I should qualify that. Eight contributors have ambiguous names like Alex, Ellis, Casey, Cory, and Chris. It’s possible that some of these 8 are female. But 61 contributors have unambiguously male names like Dave, Steve, Brian, and Matt. Ladies?