Elections

Local government elections may not be quite as exciting as national ones, but your representatives at the city and state level will likely have a much higher impact on your daily life.

We keep tabs on elections and the election process to make sure no party is given an unfair advantage.

2018 Debate Series

The ABU Education Fund is once again partnering with the John R. Park Debate Society to host debates in this year’s state and federal races. The ACLU of Utah’s Smart Justice Campaign will also be a partner for several county attorney races.

Register to Vote!

Visit our friends over at Voterise for a quick and easy way to register to vote, or update your registration if you’ve moved! Get ready to vote this year!

Accountability/TransparencyElections and Voting Rights

Constitutional accountability falls by wayside in bill that eliminates legislative review

Salt Lake City–The Legislature’s self-appointed constitutional expert, Rep. Ken Ivory, wants to make it more difficult for legislators to know whether or not their laws will pass constitutional muster. Ivory’s HJR7, Joint Rules Resolution on Legislative Review, which would eliminate what are often referred to as constitutional review notes, quietly …

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Accountability/TransparencyElections and Voting Rights

Dropping Swallow complaints shows Utah State Bar needs retooling

The Utah Bar Association responded today to an op-ed last week by Better UTAH board member David Irvine and Russell Fericks, former co-chair of the Utah State Bar’s ethics committee. In their earlier op-ed, Irvine and Fericks argued that the Bar’s lack of action on a Better UTAH bar complaint into …

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Better Utah in the NewsElections and Voting Rights

What does a 50K campaign contribution get you?

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– Since Governor Gary Herbert first ran for the post in 2010, he has received eight donations over 50,000 dollars and around 100 donations over 10 thousands dollars. Herbert is rolling in the …

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Better Utah in the NewsElections and Voting Rights

Voter rights under attack again in Utah

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– We are now in week two of the legislative session and the political stakes and chatter are starting to increase. Two bills that relate to electoral participation are of particular concern. HB244, …

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Better Utah StaffBlog

Count My Vote Initiative is about power

Even though the meeting of the Republican State Central Committee a few weeks ago was concerned largely with finding a replacement for former Attorney General John Swallow, the Count My Vote Initiative made a sneak peak in the end. In fact, the initiative was an underlying anxiety throughout the whole …

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Elections and Voting RightsNews

Count My Vote doesn’t fix all voting issues

Late last month the Alliance for a Better UTAH officially endorsed the Count My Vote Initiative. Although the initiative will be a welcome step for reforming Utah’s broken caucus system, it is only the first step. Better UTAH board member Sheryl Allen took to the opinion pages of the Deseret …

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Accountability/TransparencyElections and Voting Rights

Election law violation probe should result in removal of AG John Swallow

Salt Lake City – Numerous reports are emerging that a special investigator with the Utah Lt. Governor’s office, assigned to investigate an election law violation complaint filed in March by the good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH, has chosen to recommend that State Attorney General John Swallow be …

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BlogElections and Voting Rights

Today is the last day to register to vote

Time is running out for those hoping to be eligible to vote in the upcoming Utah municipal elections. Today is the last day to register online before the November 5 elections. You can learn the who, what, when, where, and why of voting in Utah by checking out this information …

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