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Photo of a hand painted sign on a gate that says "Dooda, proposition 10, vote no."
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

SAN JUAN COUNTY — A proposition to explore a change in county government in San Juan County has failed by a margin of just 153 votes. The county clerk called the race Friday morning, saying that the outcome wouldn’t change with the 125 still-uncounted ballots.

Yard signs for Kanab City Council candidates are clustered on the main corner in town.
David Fuchs / KUER

KANAB — The charged atmosphere surrounding a proposed frac sand mine about 10 miles north of here has electrified Tuesday’s city council election, eliciting a level of divisiveness in public comments that some long-time residents have described as unprecedented.

Two women walk up to a house with dogs running around on red dirt ground.
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

There is only one measure on the ballot this year in San Juan County. It asks voters if they think the county should explore changing its form of government, which is currently a three-member commission. That could mean more commissioners and new districts. And that’s got some residents concerned. 

Election Day is less than two weeks away. To find out what people need to know in order to cast their ballots, KUER’s Caroline Ballard spoke with Andrea Himoff, Executive Director of the non-partisan community engagement group Action Utah. 

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A new mock election gives both voters and nonvoters the opportunity to try a new voting method in Salt Lake City’s crowded mayoral race.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

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

Austen Diamond

Automatic voter registration is gaining traction in statehouses across the country. A bill making its way through the legislature could make it a reality in Utah. 

Polling Place: A Mailbox Near You

Oct 26, 2017

The Salt Lake County Clerk wants you to vote. Registered voters should have received a ballot to complete and return to Sherrie Swensen’s office.

Julia Ritchey, KUER


Utahns will cast their ballots in primary elections along the Wasatch Front next week. Among the hundreds of candidates competing are several millennials running for office for the first time.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

Election officials plan to upgrade the state’s old voting machines with newer, more secure systems. Five voting equipment companies under consideration for the contract held a demo Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol to let the public test drive their machines.

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Two Utah groups are suing the Lieutenant Governor’s office to protect voter privacy after a request from the Trump administration to turn over the state’s voter rolls.   

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A Utah lawmaker is introducing legislation to tackle voter privacy after a blanket data request by the Trump administration raised concerns.

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After President Trump’s commission on voter fraud requested data from all 50 states, Utah election officials are fielding more questions from concerned voters. 

Julia Ritchey, KUER


Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says his office is carefully reviewing a request by the Trump administration for the state’s voter roll data.

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Candidate filing began Thursday for municipal races in Salt Lake and across Utah. 

Julia Ritchey, KUER


State election officials have announced that the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz will take place November 7, the same day as municipal elections.


After complaints of long lines and confusion surrounding last year’s elections and caucuses, Utah lawmakers passed dozens of bills to streamline voting.

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The State Board of Canvassers: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Attorney General Sean Reyes, Auditor John Dougall, and Treasurer David Damschen met Monday to certify the official results of statewide and multi-county races.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

A new organization launched in Utah Thursday aimed at getting more millennials to the voting booth.

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.

Brian Grimmett

Starting next week, voters in 20 of Utah’s 29 counties will begin to receive their primary ballots in the mail, and county clerks want to make sure voters know what to expect.

The Utah Lt. Governor’s office has dismissed a complaint filed by the Democratic Party about letters sent to unaffiliated voters.

Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party have filed a complaint with the Lt. Governor’s office about letters county clerks are sending to unaffiliated voters asking them which primary ballot they’d like to receive.

Utah Voting Machines Nearing End Of Expected Lifespan

May 18, 2016
Brian Grimmett

The life of Utah’s current voting machines is nearing its end and the legislature is now tasked with figuring out what to do next.

The number of registered voters in Utah has increased by more than 45 thousand since the beginning of this year. While political parties and county clerks welcome the increase, it does make their jobs more complicated.

Judy Fahys / KUER

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart will be defending his 2nd District seat against Democrat Charlene Albarran. Both candidates ran uncontested at their party’s nominating conventions on Saturday.

Judge Rules Against Utah GOP in SB54 Lawsuit

Apr 6, 2016
Brian Grimmett

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

Andrea Smardon

The latest numbers show Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders eclipsed Hillary Clinton in Utah’s Democratic Presidential Caucus with almost 80 percent of the vote.  The party saw record turnout despite hiccups at the polls.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Democrats turned out in record numbers for last night’s caucus and supported presidential candidate Bernie Sanders by a margin of nearly three to one over Hillary Clinton. Many were participating for the first time.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

The GOP presidential debate scheduled for Monday in Utah was canceled after Donald Trump announced that he would not participate. As Utah Republicans head into caucuses on Tuesday, the GOP frontrunner is not expected to do as well here as he has elsewhere in the country.

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