SALT LAKE CITY — Mapping software that allows members of the public to come up with their own proposed boundaries for the state's legislative and congressional districts is now available online.

The Legislature's Redistricting Committee is already meeting to redraw political boundaries based on the results of the 2010 Census that gave Utah a fourth congressional district and found significant population shifts.

The new mapping software can be accessed from the state's redistricting website, Users must provide their name and email address, so they can be notified of upcoming committee meetings, including public hearings going on around the state.

The site allows users to create their maps and share them with other members of the public as well as the committee. They can also offer comments on their proposals as well as those from other users.

The committee's work is expected to continue through the summer. It will be up to the full Legislature, likely in special session, to approve a final map of the new districts that will be used in the 2012 election.

Lisa Riley Roche

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