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!

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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Better Utah in the NewsElections and Voting Rights

Count My Vote initiative scratches the surface

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– It’s no secret that voter engagement in Utah is at an all-time low. Utah used to rank in the top few states for voter turnout but we are now consistently in the …

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Better Utah in the NewsElections and Voting Rights

Electronic voting needs to go

Voting technologies have not substantially changed in the last 150 years or so.  In fact, the last significant change in voting was the introduction of the secret ballot in the United States. Prior to the secret ballot, voting was conducted orally, in which male voters–women, of course wouldn’t get the …

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Elections and Voting RightsNews

Holyoak: Why is voter turnout so low?

Better UTAH Communications Director Isaac Holyoak talked low voter turnout in a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed over the weekend. He suggested that low voter turnout can’t be solved by arguing among the experts. We need to ask Utahns their particular reasons for voting or not voting if we are to …

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Better Utah StaffBlog

Getting it right on the right to vote

During the last legislative session, I worked very hard on an election day voter registration bill. It passed the House easily, but after the county clerks got involved, it ended up failing in the Senate on the last night of the session. There were several elements to the clerks’ arguments–unknown …

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