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/TransparencyBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Senate GOP Flouts Rules in Rush to Undo Voter Initiative

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, the Utah State Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would make drastic changes to the Medicaid expansion initiative that voters passed in November. Now, government watchdog group Alliance for a Better Utah is crying foul, …

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Utah lawmakers running bills to tweak how ballot initiatives get before voters (and after)

This article originally appeared in Fox 13 Salt Lake City. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — A series of bills are being filed in the Utah State Legislature, tweaking how ballot initiatives get before voters and what happens after they pass. Lawmakers insist they are not tampering with citizen rights to get a referendum, but one watchdog group questioned if it …

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San Juan County clerk who falsified a document to oust Navajo Willie Grayeyes from ballot won’t face charges

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. In one of his last acts as county attorney, Grand County’s top prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against a San Juan County clerk who illegally booted a Navajo candidate — now a county commissioner — from the November ballot. Former Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald sent a letter …

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Press Release: Failure to Prosecute Nielson Sets Dangerous Precedent

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday afternoon, Ashley Bunton, the managing editor at the Moab Sun News, tweeted that John David Nielson, the San Juan County clerk, will not be prosecuted by the Grand County Attorney’s Office. This unfortunate development follows a string …

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Local group focuses on protecting propositions ahead of session

This article originally appeared in ABC 4 News. Read it in its entirety here. Utah voters passed three propositions on the November ballot. Now, the question is, how will the legislature respond? We already know they modified the medical cannabis proposition, but what will they do with Medicaid expansion and an …

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Rep. Mia Love MIA in Lame Duck Session

This article originally appeared in Role Call. Read it in its entirety here. Utah Rep. Mia Love has missed more votes in the lame duck session than any of the nearly three dozen other lawmakers who lost their reelection races in November, according to a recent analysis. The 4th District Republican was absent from a cluster of votes the week before Christmas as the federal government …

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Press Release: Better Utah Urges Lawmakers To Respect The People’s Vote

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT – Before the start of the Special Session of the Utah Legislature to consider changes or corrections to the recently-passed medical cannabis measure, Alliance for a Better Utah urged lawmakers to the respect the will of the people. …

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Lawmakers Should Respect the Will of the People & Leave the Initiatives Alone

After two long weeks, yesterday marked the official end of the 2018 midterm elections here in Utah. Well, it officially won’t be over until next week when the State Board of Canvassers certifies the votes statewide, but I don’t want to get into that. In my opinion, the so-called “blue …

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