FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2021
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Utah House passed a second substitute to Rep. Joel Briscoe’s HCR11, Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Utah’s Clerks and Election Workers for Their Performance Related to Utah’s 2020 Election. The bill was substituted on the House floor, removing language recognizing the success of vote by mail and the safety and security of the 2020 election in a 41-29 vote.
Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, released the following statement:
“After witnessing numerous unfounded claims about the 2020 election over recent months, including legal challenges and an attack on the U.S. Capitol, it’s disappointing that more than half of Utah’s state representatives would choose to further undermine public confidence in the past election.
“Lawmakers have a responsibility to uphold and protect the civic ecosystem they participate in. Resolutions are designed to send a message, and unfortunately, today lawmakers sent a message allowing baseless fears about voting by mail and election fraud to continue to fester. Utahns enjoy voting by mail, and our most recent election was no exception. That election was free, fair, and secure, to the great credit of Utah’s county clerks and election officials.”
Alliance for a Better Utah is a nonprofit that holds politicians accountable and advocates for progressive policies that make Utah an even better place. The organization improves the lives of all Utahns through advocacy, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.