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Utah's Municipal Election Turnout Lags

Nov 3, 2017
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On Tuesday November 7th, Utahns around the state will have a chance to vote in local elections. It’s also the time to fill former Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s seat in the 3rd Congressional District. So far, turnout of mail-in ballots is low.

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A new study finds that Utah’s voter turnout continues to slip, and noncompetitive races may be a significant factor.

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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.

Davis County Will Vote by Mail

Apr 22, 2014
Davis County Clerk-Auditor

  Davis County is trying a vote-by-mail system for the primary election this spring and the general election in the fall.

Voters in Davis County received letters last week telling them about the changes.  Election Manager Brian McKenzie says ballot packets will be mailed out 28 days before each election.  When they come back, they’ll be verified using a bar code and by comparing the voter’s signature to their registration forms.

Partisanship, Barriers Lower Utah Voter Turnout

Jun 18, 2012
Utah Foundation

Voter turnout in Utah has dropped dramatically in recent elections, and a new study by the Utah Foundation looks at some of the reasons why.

In the presidential election of 1992, 67% of Utah's registered voters took part, while only about 50% turned out in 2008.  A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation suggests fewer close races and barriers to voter participation such as the state's closed Republican primary could be among the reasons.  Research director Morgan Lyon Cotti says the strident partisanship of recent years also plays a part.