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Utah Congressman Chris Stewart will be defending his 2nd District seat against Democrat Charlene Albarran. Both candidates ran uncontested at their party’s nominating conventions on Saturday.

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A federal judge has ruled against the Utah Republican Party in its lawsuit over changes to Utah election law. 

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The latest numbers show Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders eclipsed Hillary Clinton in Utah’s Democratic Presidential Caucus with almost 80 percent of the vote.  The party saw record turnout despite hiccups at the polls.

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Democrats turned out in record numbers for last night’s caucus and supported presidential candidate Bernie Sanders by a margin of nearly three to one over Hillary Clinton. Many were participating for the first time.

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The GOP presidential debate scheduled for Monday in Utah was canceled after Donald Trump announced that he would not participate. As Utah Republicans head into caucuses on Tuesday, the GOP frontrunner is not expected to do as well here as he has elsewhere in the country.

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A freshman legislator in the Utah House of Representatives is trying to undo the Count My Vote compromise the legislature passed two years ago. 

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Mike Weinholtz, a former CEO of Utah based CHG Healthcare Services, has announced that he’ll be running for Governor as a Democratic candidate this year. 

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Democratic State Representative Patrice Arent says Utah should get rid of the straight-party-ticket box, Utah voters can check when they go to the polls.

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A group of retired community activists has unveiled their latest blueprint for making Utah a better place to live.

The nonpartisan Utah Citizens Counsel has assumed the role of a council of sages with deep community ties.

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Voter turnout in Utah has been on the decline for more than a decade. A new study from the Utah Foundation takes a look at why that might be happening.

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A federal judge has ruled that Utah cannot force political parties to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections. But the ruling doesn’t apply to the Utah Democratic Party.

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A dispute over the interpretation of Utah’s election laws has resulted in the Lt. Governor’s office sending several letters aimed at clarifying their position.

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An attempt to increase transportation funding by raising sales tax was on the ballot for 17 Utah Counties, and after counting most of the votes, the results are mixed.

The Utah County Board of Commissioners has decided to put a sales tax increase on this year’s election ballot, but they won’t allow the issue to go out on the vote-by-mail ballots used by five of their cities.

Utah’s 2016 Primary elections will be different than they’ve been in the past, and the Lt. Governor’s office is beginning their campaign to tell parties, voters, and candidates what they need to know. 

With a little more than a week left before the deadline to send in vote by mail ballots for municipal primary elections, Salt Lake County officials says they’re already seeing higher voter participation.

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A political advocacy group’s attempt to put term limits on positions that the governor appoints has encountered a roadblock.

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The Utah Legislature is beginning to take a look at how to address the potential plurality issue in primary elections.

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Members of the Utah Republican Party’s state central committee have made the decision to move forward and comply with election changes made by SB54.

The Utah Democratic Party says they won’t be holding a presidential primary in 2016. Instead of holding a presidential primary, the Utah Democratic Party has decided to poll its members during their neighborhood caucus meetings in March of 2016.

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House lawmakers passed a bill Friday to slightly expand a pilot program aimed at getting more voters to participate in Utah elections.

A leader of the Count My Vote initiative says he’s concerned the legislature is positioning itself to destroy the intent of a compromise bill, known as SB 54, passed during the last legislative session.

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Utah’s 2nd District Congressman Chris Stewart will get another term. He beat his Democratic opponent Luz Robles easily. In his victory speech, Stewart declared it a good night for the United States of America.

“Tonight, we get to start the fight,” he said. “We get to start the fight to reclaim our country once again.”

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Early voting locations around the state opened their doors Tuesday allowing Utah voters to get a head start on the mid-term elections.

In the morning, a slow trickle of people shuffle in to cast their ballot at the Salt Lake County building. Only about 10 people had shown up in the first few hours of being open. Earl and Colleen Hardwick were two of them.

“It’s just really convenient and nice to get up in the morning to go vote and have breakfast,” Earl says.

The Utah State Democratic Hispanic Caucus is launching a statewide, Spanish language media campaign in the run up to this year’s mid-term elections.

The 15-second ad will run on Univision and Telemundo TV stations as well as several local Spanish language radio stations until election day. It features young, college aged Hispanics and Latinos and local Hispanic and Latina elected officials, like State Sen. Luz Robles.

Nate Salazar is the Salt Lake County chairman of the Utah State Hispanic Democratic Caucus.

It’s pop quiz time. Do you know what congressional district you’re in? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Utah’s largest and possibly most misunderstood district is the second.

I’m at a playground in Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City, looking for potential voters. I chose this park because it’s in the Second Congressional District, but it’s right on the edge. Just on the other side of Interstate 80 is Utah's Fourth District. There seems to be some confusion about this.

“Do you know what district you’re in in terms of Congress?” I asked one man.

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The major party candidates vying to represent Utah’s second congressional district met in a debate Thursday. Republican Congressman Chris Stewart and Democratic challenger Luz Robles faced off in front of a live audience at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.

The Utah Debate Commission has finalized the list of who will be participating in this year’s mid-term election debates and the list only includes Republicans and Democrats.

The League of Women Voters of Utah is releasing its voter’s guide on Monday in anticipation of the mid-term elections in November.   The number of candidates who participated is down this year.

During every election cycle, The League of Women Voters engages candidates running for office with questions on specific issues.  Jenn Gonnelly is Co-President of the Utah chapter of the League.

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Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is encouraging several legislative candidates to not participate in debates organized by groups that include Alliance for a Better Utah.

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