UTAH

New district lines bring some voter confusion ahead of Utah primary

Jun 8, 2022, 5:05 PM | Updated: Jun 9, 2022, 1:22 pm
utah district lines congressional map...
This map shows the new lines of Utah's four congressional districts, which converge in the Millcreek area. Some voters were surprised when they received their primary ballots to learn they no longer lived in the same congressional district they've been in for the last ten years. Screen grab: https://citygate.utleg.gov/legdistricting/comments/plan/156/12

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state elections officials say newly drawn district lines have some voters confused as their primary mail-in ballots arrive in their mailboxes.

The office reports that county clerks — mainly in Salt Lake and Utah counties — are getting lots of calls from voters thinking something is wrong with their ballot.

“Voters who knew what their old (state) Senate and House districts were (are) confused,” said Deputy Director Shelley Jackson. “The same candidates weren’t showing up on their primary ballot or different numbers were showing up.”

New Utah district lines create primary ballot confusion

In addition to the new lines, Utah district numbers look different than they did before. There are now 75 House districts in Utah; they start in the northern part of the state and work their way down to number 75 in southern Utah. 

Adding to possible confusion, Utahns will be voting in primary elections this month to elect their new representatives. Those people will represent them starting January 1, 2023. They are still represented by their current ones through the end of this year.

Related: See the new district lines for Utah Senate and Utah State Board of Education


“The area of the district might be similar,” said Utah County Clerk, Josh Daniels. “But the numbering convention could be different. So there could be a lot of confusion.”

Utah’s new four corners

All four congressional districts in Utah now converge along 3900 South in Millcreek. Parts of Congressional District 2 now sit inside Congressional District 1. The 4th District moved further north into Salt Lake County, and south into Sanpete County.

State elections officials also say state House, Senate, or school board lines could cut through neighborhoods. In some places, the new district lines mean neighbors find themselves in different Utah districts.

Different districts, new names

“There are many Utah voters who have a different member of Congress than they’ve had for the last 10 years,” Daniels said. “You may be voting for names you’ve never seen before or that you’re not familiar with.”

Redistricting happens once every 10 years when new census numbers come out.

You can check your new district numbers at vote.utah.gov.

Read more: 

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

A brush fire started in Saratoga Springs last night. Photo Credit: Saratoga Springs Fire Department...
Devin Oldroyd

Fire officials say aerial firework caused brush fire in Saratoga Springs

An aerial firework caused a brush fire in Saratoga Springs Sunday night.
1 day ago
The Deuel Creek Fire began late Sunday night in Centerville. Photo credit: John Wilson....
Devin Oldroyd

Deuel Creek Fire starts in Centerville overnight, evacuation order lifted

The Deuel Creek Fire began late Sunday night in Centerville.
1 day ago
Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening. Photo Credit: Tooele City's Faceboo...
Devin Oldroyd

Tooele City releases fireworks restrictions map

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening.
2 days ago
Photo credit: UDOT...
Devin Oldroyd

Semi-truck rolls on I-80 at U.S.-40, Silver Creek Junction

What caused the semi-truck to roll is still under investigation at this time. All lanes in the area have been cleared and are operational.
2 days ago
Image from the scene of the shooting on South Major street in Salt Lake City (Photo courtesy of SLC...
Chandler Holt

UPDATE: SLCPD arrest two in connection to Sunday’s Ballpark neighborhood shooting

Police received multiple calls regarding shots fired near 1485 South Major Street at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday July 3, 2022. 
2 days ago
The scene of the shooting at 900 S. 200 West (Photo courtesy of Adam Sotelo)...
Chandler Holt

UPDATE: Shooting on TRAX platform leaves one dead, one injured

Police responded to reports of shots fired on a TRAX platform near 900 South and 200 West at around 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
New district lines bring some voter confusion ahead of Utah primary