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

Guest opinion: More Americans voting is not a Democratic ‘power grab’

This article originally appeared in Utah Policy. Last month, Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to denounce the recently released bill designated by the new Democratic House majority as its priority legislation for the session. Attacking the idea of making Election Day a public holiday, a …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah Interns

Commentary: Our Utah representatives are not representing us

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. On Nov. 6, the voters of Utah voiced their demands loud and clear: We want Medicaid expansion, and we want it now. We want medical marijuana, and we want it now. The majority of Utah voters approved of both ballot initiatives, with …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

The GOP Keeps Changing The Rules After It Loses Elections

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Read it in its entirety here. Last Election Day, 555,651 Utahns ― 53 percent of voters ― backed a measure to expand Medicaid to low-income adults in the state. Last Monday, 79 Republicans made it clear they don’t care what those voters …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: Better Utah Responds to Passage of SB96 by State House

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 8, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Utah House of Representatives voted to enact S.B. 96, “Medicaid expansion adjustments.” Before the vote began, four faith leaders knelt in front of the doors to the House floor and staged a protest against S.B. 96. …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Despite protests, Utah House secures two-thirds majority for replacement Medicaid plan that allows full expansion as a last resort

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Under the eyes of a capacity crowd, and with protesters inside and outside their chamber, members of the Utah House voted Friday for a partial Medicaid expansion program that would revert to full expansion in the event federal administrators reject the state’s plans. Representatives voted 56-19 for SB96, securing the …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Organization calls Medicaid expansion repeal ‘anti-Democratic’

This article originally appeared on ABC 4. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The push to repeal Utah’s voter-approved Prop 3 for Medicaid expansion went up for a committee vote in the Utah House Wednesday. The House Business and Labor Committee voted 9 to 6 to give Senate Bill 96 a favorable recommendation. The bill which …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Utah Lawmakers Seek to Roll Back Medicaid Expansion Passed by Voters

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Read it in its entirety here. Three months after voters in deep-red Utah approved a pair of ballot measures opposed by many Republican leaders, the state legislature is on the verge of pulling both of them back. In December, the GOP-dominated legislature replaced a voter-approved medical marijuana law with a new version that more tightly …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Senate GOP Votes in Direct Contradiction to the Will of the People to Pass Medicaid Expansion Repeal Bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 4, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Senate passed SB 96, “Medicaid expansion adjustments,” almost entirely along party lines. Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement. “Today’s Senate vote to pass the Medicaid expansion repeal bill …

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