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The state is facing lawsuits from backers of two citizen-led ballot measures that failed to qualify for the November election, litigation that could prompt lawmakers to make changes to how referendums are conducted.  

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Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox on Tuesday announced the qualifying statewide ballot initiatives for the November election, with half of the original six petitions getting enough signatures to appear on the ticket.

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Thousands of missing signatures for a proposed ballot initiative were found Wednesday, and now they need to be counted. It’s the latest in a wild ride attempting to get the Count My Vote initiative on the November ballot.

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County clerks are in the middle of verifying thousands of voter signatures submitted by four potential ballot initiatives. But as the May 15 deadline nears, opposition groups are asking people to remove their signatures.

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Gov. Gary Herbert weighed in on a range of election issues and candidates Thursday, including all four proposed ballot initiatives and candidates seeking the GOP nomination in federal races.

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Ballot initiative groups pushing for policy changes like full Medicaid expansion and increased access to legalized medical marijuana are patiently waiting to qualify for the November ballot.

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Long simmering tensions in the Utah Republican Party bubbled over at the party’s state convention this weekend. Some delegates worry that the infighting threatens to further undermine the caucus-convention system.

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A 2014 law known as S.B. 54 expanded access to the primary ballot, but it’s also divided those who prefer caucuses over direct elections. Four years later, Republicans are still arguing about the caucus-convention system and its future.

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Ballot initiative organizers in Utah have just a week left to collect signatures to try to get their proposals in next November’s election. Some of the proposed initiatives are close. Others have a long way to go.

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Utah’s Republican majority is pushing through some last-minute changes to laws that could complicate this year’s general election.

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A proposal to allow political parties to reduce candidate options to the primary ballot received its first approval in the Utah Legislature Tuesday.

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Gov. Gary Herbert hinted support for a proposed ballot initiative on how candidates can get themselves on the ballot.

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In a reversal of their previous plan, Count My Vote organizers have changed their final ballot initiative to keep the caucus-convention system.

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The Utah Republican Party is dropping its legal challenge to a state election law that divided its membership and drowned the party in debt.

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Organizers behind a direct primary ballot initiative will hold public hearings this week across Utah.

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The chair of Utah’s Republican party says it will now be up to the public to decide on a direct primary system after the re-launching of the Count My Vote ballot initiative.

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Count My Vote is launching a ballot initiative that would eliminate the party caucus-convention system. 

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Organizers behind a ballot initiative known as Count My Vote are planning to restart their efforts this week.

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John Curtis was declared the winner of the 3rd District Republican primary just two hours after the first wave of ballots were counted on Tuesday night.

 

But the Provo mayor wasn’t the only one celebrating.

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Utah Republicans elected Rob Anderson chairman of the state party last month, ousting two-term incumbent James Evans.

Anderson, 51, is a commercial airline pilot and former chair of the Davis County GOP. He takes over at a time when the party is in serious debt and facing deep divisions within its membership.

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The Utah Republican Party has chosen new leadership. Delegates ousted two-term chair James Evans and elected Rob Anderson at Saturdays GOP organizing convention.

This year’s election is the first time candidates have been able to gain access to the primary ballot by gathering signatures. And while only a few candidates took advantage of the alternative path, that choice has not gone over well with some Republican leaders.

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Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, is the only sitting legislator that has chosen to just gather signatures in his effort to be re-elected. But as the Utah Republican Party fights the state over the constitutionality of the law that allows him to do that, his status as a member of the party remains in limbo.

Utah Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning Of SB54

Apr 8, 2016
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The Utah Supreme Court has issued an opinion clarifying the meaning of recent changes to Utah’s election laws.

Judge Rules Against Utah GOP in SB54 Lawsuit

Apr 6, 2016
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A federal judge has ruled against the Utah Republican Party in its lawsuit over changes to Utah election law. 

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The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments from the Utah Republican and Democratic Parties Monday over who gets to decide how a candidate can get on a primary ballot.

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The Utah Republican Party once again argued against an alternative path to the primary ballot in federal court Monday. 

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A federal judge issued an order last week indicating that the signature thresholds called for in Utah’s election laws are too high. With a few days left in the legislative session, one lawmaker has just introduced a bill to address that problem.

View From The Gallery: Week 4

Feb 19, 2016

Week four marks the half way point of the Utah Legislative session, but lawmakers seem to be stuck on repeat.

Lawmaker Wants to Repeal SB54 Compromise

Feb 15, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A freshman legislator in the Utah House of Representatives is trying to undo the Count My Vote compromise the legislature passed two years ago. 

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