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 InternsBlog

Generation landslide

When the political tide of our country made a dramatic rightward shift, responses were heard across the country and around the world. One of the strongest and most persistent voices since Trump’s 2016 election is that of the millennial generation. From marches to social media movements, my generation has let …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

All the things the Utah State Legislature did to your life this year

This article originally appeared on Fox 13. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — What just happened? The Utah State Legislature just happened! Hard to believe it was 45 days ago that lawmakers opened the 2019 legislative session to protests over their plans to replace Proposition 3, …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Lawmakers change voter initiative rules: Successful ones will be delayed for months and petition signatures will be posted online.

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The Senate spent less than 30 seconds Wednesday discussing a bill that delays the implementation of successful ballot initiatives to give lawmakers a chance to change them. Senators then passed HB133 on a 22-5 vote. The measure …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Utah lawmakers pass three bills that affect ballot initiative process

This article originally appeared in the St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. SA trio of bills tweaking the ballot initiative process are on their way to the governor’s desk after passing the Legislature. House Bills 133, 145 and 195 impact when successful ballot initiatives can take effect, when signatures need to be …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

These Citizen Activists Fought Hard to Expand Health Care. Then Their Lawmakers Rebuked Them. Utahns took Med

This article originally appeared in the Huff Post. Read it in its entirety here. It’s hard to get a ballot initiative in front of voters in Utah. Proponents of changing state law via direct action by voters must get petitions signed by the equivalent of 10 percent of the number …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Senate to debate bill to delay effective date of voter-approved ballot measures to give Legislature a chance to ‘fix’ them

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. After legislators repealed and replaced two ballot initiatives passed by voters in November, a trio of bills designed to change the ballot initiative process is nearing the finish line. The Senate Government Operations Committee approved …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

“Talkin’ bout my generation”

“Vote! Vote! Vo-…oh, that’s not how we wanted you to vote… Sit back down and be quiet, you didn’t know what you were voting for.”- The story of the Utah legislature from the perspective of a young Utahn. We’re nearly through with the 2019 legislative session and one thing is …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Despite pending Utah Supreme Court ruling, Senate committee approves bill to have partisan elections for the state Board of Education

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A Republican state senator has proposed allowing candidates for the Utah Board of Education — the elected panel that oversees the state’s public schools — to run under a political party. It’s an unexpected and …

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