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S.B. 55

             1     

NONPARTISAN ELECTION COMMISSION

             2     
2001 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Sponsor: D. Edgar Allen

             5      This act modifies the Elections Code creating a State Elections Commission. This act defines
             6      the State Elections Commission's membership, powers, duties; and makes technical
             7      corrections.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          10-2-117, as enacted by Chapter 389, Laws of Utah 1997
             11          17-2-2, as last amended by Chapter 68, Laws of Utah 1984
             12          17-2-3, as last amended by Chapter 68, Laws of Utah 1984
             13          17-2-7, as last amended by Chapter 263, Laws of Utah 1996
             14          17-2-8, as last amended by Chapter 14, Laws of Utah 2000
             15          17-3-2, as last amended by Chapter 68, Laws of Utah 1984
             16          17-16-6.5, as last amended by Chapter 258, Laws of Utah 1996
             17          17-20-5, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 2000
             18          20A-1-102, as last amended by Chapters 133 and 328, Laws of Utah 2000
             19          20A-1-305, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1993
             20          20A-1-703, as last amended by Chapter 296, Laws of Utah 1997
             21          20A-1-704, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1993
             22          20A-1-706, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1993
             23          20A-2-104, as last amended by Chapters 75 and 328, Laws of Utah 2000
             24          20A-2-108, as last amended by Chapter 75, Laws of Utah 2000
             25          20A-2-109, as last amended by Chapter 266, Laws of Utah 1998
             26          20A-2-204, as last amended by Chapters 10, 24 and 183, Laws of Utah 1997
             27          20A-2-205, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 1996, Second Special Session


             28          20A-2-300.6, as enacted by Chapter 311, Laws of Utah 1994
             29          20A-2-308, as enacted by Chapter 311, Laws of Utah 1994
             30          20A-3-406, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1993
             31          20A-4-304, as last amended by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             32          20A-4-306, as last amended by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             33          20A-5-101, as last amended by Chapters 40 and 362, Laws of Utah 1998
             34          20A-5-405, as last amended by Chapter 340, Laws of Utah 1995
             35          20A-5-409, as enacted by Chapter 183, Laws of Utah 1997
             36          20A-6-203, as enacted by Chapter 328, Laws of Utah 2000
             37          20A-6-301, as last amended by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             38          20A-6-302, as last amended by Chapter 139, Laws of Utah 1997
             39          20A-7-103, as enacted by Chapter 340, Laws of Utah 1995
             40          20A-7-201, as last amended by Chapter 115, Laws of Utah 1999
             41          20A-7-202, as last amended by Chapter 45, Laws of Utah 1999
             42          20A-7-203, as last amended by Chapters 3 and 75, Laws of Utah 2000
             43          20A-7-204, as last amended by Chapter 153, Laws of Utah 1995
             44          20A-7-205, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 2000
             45          20A-7-205.5, as enacted by Chapter 109, Laws of Utah 1999
             46          20A-7-206, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 2000
             47          20A-7-206.5, as enacted by Chapter 109, Laws of Utah 1999
             48          20A-7-207, as last amended by Chapters 153 and 165, Laws of Utah 1995
             49          20A-7-208, as last amended by Chapter 115, Laws of Utah 1999
             50          20A-7-209, as last amended by Chapter 21, Laws of Utah 1999
             51          20A-7-210, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1994
             52          20A-7-211, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1994
             53          20A-7-301, as last amended by Chapter 153, Laws of Utah 1995
             54          20A-7-302, as last amended by Chapter 153, Laws of Utah 1995
             55          20A-7-303, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 2000
             56          20A-7-304, as last amended by Chapter 153, Laws of Utah 1995
             57          20A-7-305, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 2000
             58          20A-7-306, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 2000


             59          20A-7-307, as last amended by Chapters 153 and 165, Laws of Utah 1995
             60          20A-7-308, as last amended by Chapters 20 and 153, Laws of Utah 1995
             61          20A-7-309, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1994
             62          20A-7-310, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1994
             63          20A-7-701, as last amended by Chapter 215, Laws of Utah 1997
             64          20A-7-702, as last amended by Chapter 221, Laws of Utah 2000
             65          20A-7-703, as enacted by Chapter 1 and last amended by Chapter 153, Laws of Utah 1995
             66          20A-7-704, as last amended by Chapter 116, Laws of Utah 1999
             67          20A-7-705, as last amended by Chapter 116, Laws of Utah 1999
             68          20A-7-706, as last amended by Chapter 116, Laws of Utah 1999
             69          20A-8-103, as last amended by Chapter 45, Laws of Utah 1999
             70          20A-8-106, as last amended by Chapter 213, Laws of Utah 1996
             71          20A-8-401, as last amended by Chapter 49, Laws of Utah 1999
             72          20A-8-402, as last amended by Chapter 49, Laws of Utah 1999
             73          20A-8-403, as enacted by Chapter 182, Laws of Utah 1997
             74          20A-9-101, as last amended by Chapter 24, Laws of Utah 1997
             75          20A-9-201, as last amended by Chapter 75, Laws of Utah 2000
             76          20A-9-202, as last amended by Chapter 45, Laws of Utah 1999
             77          20A-9-202.5, as enacted by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             78          20A-9-203, as last amended by Chapters 3 and 75, Laws of Utah 2000
             79          20A-9-402, as last amended by Chapter 3, Laws of Utah 1996, Second Special Session
             80          20A-9-403, as last amended by Chapters 75 and 328, Laws of Utah 2000
             81          20A-9-503, as last amended by Chapter 45, Laws of Utah 1999
             82          20A-9-601, as last amended by Chapter 81, Laws of Utah 2000
             83          20A-9-701, as enacted by Chapter 183, Laws of Utah 1997
             84          20A-9-802, as enacted by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             85          20A-9-803, as enacted by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             86          20A-9-805, as enacted by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             87          20A-9-806, as enacted by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             88          20A-9-809, as enacted by Chapter 22, Laws of Utah 1999
             89          20A-10-201, as enacted by Chapter 264, Laws of Utah 1994


             90          20A-10-301, as enacted by Chapter 264, Laws of Utah 1994
             91          20A-11-101, as last amended by Chapters 45 and 93, Laws of Utah 1999
             92          20A-11-103, as last amended by Chapter 17, Laws of Utah 2000
             93          20A-11-201, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             94          20A-11-202, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             95          20A-11-204, as last amended by Chapter 93, Laws of Utah 1999
             96          20A-11-205, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             97          20A-11-206, as last amended by Chapter 93, Laws of Utah 1999
             98          20A-11-301, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             99          20A-11-303, as last amended by Chapter 93, Laws of Utah 1999
             100          20A-11-304, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             101          20A-11-305, as last amended by Chapter 93, Laws of Utah 1999
             102          20A-11-402, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             103          20A-11-403, as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             104          20A-11-507, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             105          20A-11-508, as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             106          20A-11-601, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             107          20A-11-602, as last amended by Chapters 45 and 86, Laws of Utah 1999
             108          20A-11-603, as enacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             109          20A-11-701, as last amended by Chapter 40, Laws of Utah 1998
             110          20A-11-702, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             111          20A-11-703, as enacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             112          20A-11-801, as last amended by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             113          20A-11-802, as last amended by Chapters 45 and 109, Laws of Utah 1999
             114          20A-11-803, as enacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             115          20A-11-1004, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             116          20A-11-1301, as enacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             117          20A-11-1303, as enacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             118          20A-11-1304, as enacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             119          20A-11-1305, as enacted by Chapter 355, Laws of Utah 1997
             120          20A-12-201, as last amended by Chapter 183, Laws of Utah 1997


             121          20A-13-102, as last amended by Chapter 79, Laws of Utah 1996
             122          20A-13-301, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             123          20A-13-302, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             124          20A-13-304, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             125          20A-14-102, as last amended by Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 1997
             126          20A-14-104, as last amended by Chapter 184, Laws of Utah 1997
             127          20A-14-105, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             128          20A-15-103, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             129          20A-15-201, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             130          20A-15-202, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1995
             131          36-1-1, as last amended by Chapter 112, Laws of Utah 1999
             132          36-1-3, as last amended by Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 1997
             133          36-1-4, as last amended by Chapter 112, Laws of Utah 1999
             134          36-1-5, as last amended by Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 1997
             135          36-11-103, as last amended by Chapter 338, Laws of Utah 2000
             136          36-11-106, as last amended by Chapter 338, Laws of Utah 2000
             137          36-11-201, as last amended by Chapter 338, Laws of Utah 2000
             138          36-11-401, as last amended by Chapter 338, Laws of Utah 2000
             139          36-11-404, as enacted by Chapter 280, Laws of Utah 1991
             140          67-1a-2, as enacted by Chapter 68, Laws of Utah 1984
             141          78-3-21, as last amended by Chapter 221, Laws of Utah 2000
             142      ENACTS:
             143          20A-1a-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             144          20A-1a-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             145          20A-1a-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             146          20A-1a-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             147          20A-1a-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             148          20A-1a-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             149          20A-1a-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             150          20A-1a-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             151      REPEALS:


             152          67-1a-9, as enacted by Chapter 68, Laws of Utah 1984
             153      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             154          Section 1. Section 10-2-117 is amended to read:
             155           10-2-117. Notification to lieutenant governor of election of city officers.
             156          Within ten days of the canvass of the final election of city officers under Section 10-2-116 ,
             157      the county clerk shall send written notice to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission
             158      of the name and position of each officer elected and the term for which each has been elected.
             159          Section 2. Section 17-2-2 is amended to read:
             160           17-2-2. Election returns transmitted to lieutenant governor.
             161          As soon as the returns of the vote upon such proposition have been canvassed by the county
             162      boards of canvassers each county clerk must make a certified abstract thereof, seal up such
             163      abstract, endorse it "election returns," and without delay transmit it by registered mail to the
             164      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             165          Section 3. Section 17-2-3 is amended to read:
             166           17-2-3. Certification of election result to governor.
             167          The certified abstract of such returns must be filed [in the office of the lieutenant governor]
             168      with the State Elections Commission, and, if it appears therefrom that a majority of the voters in
             169      each of the counties have voted in favor of such annexation, the lieutenant governor must certify
             170      the result of such vote to the governor.
             171          Section 4. Section 17-2-7 is amended to read:
             172           17-2-7. Election returns transmitted to lieutenant governor.
             173          As soon as the returns of the vote upon the proposition under either Subsection 17-2-6 (1)
             174      or 17-2-6 (2) have been canvassed by the county boards of canvassers, each county clerk must make
             175      a certified abstract thereof, endorse it "election returns," and without delay transmit it by registered
             176      mail to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             177          Section 5. Section 17-2-8 is amended to read:
             178           17-2-8. Certification of election result to governor.
             179          (1) The certified abstract of such returns shall be filed [in the office of the lieutenant
             180      governor] with the State Elections Commission.
             181          (2) (a) In an election held under Subsection 17-2-6 (1), if it appears from the certified
             182      abstract that a majority of those voting in each county have voted in favor of such annexation, the


             183      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall certify the result of such vote to the
             184      governor.
             185          (b) In an election held under Subsection 17-2-6 (2), the [lieutenant governor] State
             186      Elections Commission shall certify the result of that vote to the governor if it appears from the
             187      certified abstract that:
             188          (i) a majority of voters living in the area proposed for annexation have voted in favor of
             189      annexation; and
             190          (ii) a majority of voters living in the county to which the area is proposed to be annexed
             191      have voted in favor of annexation.
             192          Section 6. Section 17-3-2 is amended to read:
             193           17-3-2. Election returns transmitted to lieutenant governor.
             194          As soon as the returns of the vote upon such proposition have been canvassed by the county
             195      board of canvassers the county clerk must make a certified abstract thereof, seal up such abstract,
             196      endorse it "election returns," and without delay transmit it, together with a certified copy of the
             197      petition provided for in Section 17-3-1 by registered mail to the [lieutenant governor] State
             198      Elections Commission.
             199          Section 7. Section 17-16-6.5 is amended to read:
             200           17-16-6.5. Campaign financial disclosure in county elections.
             201          (1) (a) By January 1, 1996, each county shall adopt an ordinance establishing campaign
             202      finance disclosure requirements for candidates for county office.
             203          (b) The ordinance shall include:
             204          (i) a requirement that each candidate for county office report his itemized and total
             205      campaign contributions and expenditures at least once within the two weeks before the election
             206      and at least once within two months after the election;
             207          (ii) a definition of "contribution" and "expenditure" that requires reporting of nonmonetary
             208      contributions such as in-kind contributions and contributions of tangible things; and
             209          (iii) a requirement that the financial reports identify:
             210          (A) for each contribution of more than $50, the name of the donor of the contribution and
             211      the amount of the contribution; and
             212          (B) for each expenditure, the name of the recipient and the amount of the expenditure.
             213          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), if any county fails to adopt a campaign


             214      finance disclosure ordinance by January 1, 1996, candidates for county office shall comply with
             215      the financial reporting requirements contained in Subsections (3) through (6).
             216          (b) If, after August 1, 1995, any county adopts a campaign finance ordinance meeting the
             217      requirements of Subsection (1), that county need not comply with the requirements of Subsections
             218      (3) through (6).
             219          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), and if there is no county ordinance meeting
             220      the requirements of this section, each candidate for elective office in any county who is not
             221      required to submit a campaign financial statement to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             222      Commission shall file a signed campaign financial statement with the county clerk:
             223          (i) seven days before the date of the regular general election, reporting each contribution
             224      of more than $50 and each expenditure as of ten days before the date of the regular general
             225      election; and
             226          (ii) no later than 30 days after the date of the regular general election.
             227          (b) Candidates for community council offices are exempt from the requirements of this
             228      section.
             229          (4) (a) The statement filed seven days before the regular general election shall include:
             230          (i) a list of each contribution of more than $50 received by the candidate, and the name of
             231      the donor;
             232          (ii) an aggregate total of all contributions of $50 or less received by the candidate; and
             233          (iii) a list of each expenditure for political purposes made during the campaign period, and
             234      the recipient of each expenditure.
             235          (b) The statement filed 30 days after the regular general election shall include:
             236          (i) a list of each contribution of more than $50 received after the cutoff date for the
             237      statement filed seven days before the election, and the name of the donor;
             238          (ii) an aggregate total of all contributions of $50 or less received by the candidate after the
             239      cutoff date for the statement filed seven days before the election; and
             240          (iii) a list of all expenditures for political purposes made by the candidate after the cutoff
             241      date for the statement filed seven days before the election, and the recipient of each expenditure.
             242          (5) Candidates for elective office in any county who are eliminated at a primary election
             243      shall file a signed campaign financial statement containing the information required by this section
             244      not later than 30 days after the primary election.


             245          (6) Any person who fails to comply with this section is guilty of an infraction.
             246          (7) Counties may, by ordinance, enact requirements that:
             247          (a) require greater disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures; and
             248          (b) impose additional penalties.
             249          Section 8. Section 17-20-5 is amended to read:
             250           17-20-5. Report of election and appointment of officers.
             251          Within ten days after a county clerk issues a certificate of election or a certificate of
             252      appointment made to fill vacancies in elective county offices, the county clerk shall prepare and
             253      forward to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission a certified report showing:
             254          (1) the name of the county;
             255          (2) the name of the county office to which the person was elected or appointed;
             256          (3) the date of the election or appointment of the person;
             257          (4) the date of the expiration of the term for which the person was elected or appointed;
             258          (5) the date of the certificate of election or appointment; and
             259          (6) the date of the qualification of the person elected or appointed.
             260          Section 9. Section 20A-1-102 is amended to read:
             261           20A-1-102. Definitions.
             262          As used in this title:
             263          (1) "Active voter" means a registered voter who has not been classified as an inactive voter
             264      by the county clerk.
             265          (2) "Automatic tabulating equipment" means apparatus that automatically examines and
             266      counts votes recorded on paper ballots or ballot cards and tabulates the results.
             267          (3) "Ballot" means the cardboard, paper, or other material upon which a voter records his
             268      votes and includes ballot cards, paper ballots, and secrecy envelopes.
             269          (4) "Ballot card" means a ballot that can be counted using automatic tabulating equipment.
             270          (5) "Ballot label" means the cards, papers, booklet, pages, or other materials that contain
             271      the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to be voted on and which
             272      are used in conjunction with ballot cards.
             273          (6) "Ballot proposition" means opinion questions specifically authorized by the
             274      Legislature, constitutional amendments, initiatives, referenda, and judicial retention questions that
             275      are submitted to the voters for their approval or rejection.


             276          (7) "Board of canvassers" means the entities established by Sections 20A-4-301 and
             277      20A-4-306 to canvass election returns.
             278          (8) "Bond election" means an election held for the sole purpose of approving or rejecting
             279      the proposed issuance of bonds by a government entity.
             280          (9) "Book voter registration form" means voter registration forms contained in a bound
             281      book that are used by election officers and registration agents to register persons to vote.
             282          (10) "By-mail voter registration form" means a voter registration form designed to be
             283      completed by the voter and mailed to the election officer.
             284          (11) "Canvass" means the review of election returns and the official declaration of election
             285      results by the board of canvassers.
             286          (12) "Canvassing judge" means an election judge designated to assist in counting ballots
             287      at the canvass.
             288          (13) "Convention" means the political party convention at which party officers and
             289      delegates are selected.
             290          (14) "Counting center" means one or more locations selected by the election officer in
             291      charge of the election for the automatic counting of ballots.
             292          (15) "Counting judge" means a judge designated to count the ballots during election day.
             293          (16) "Counting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in Section 20A-3-201
             294      to witness the counting of ballots.
             295          (17) "Counting room" means a suitable and convenient private place or room, immediately
             296      adjoining the place where the election is being held, for use by the counting judges to count ballots
             297      during election day.
             298          (18) "County executive" means:
             299          (a) the county commission in the county commission or expanded county commission
             300      form of government established under Title 17, Chapter 52, Forms of County Government;
             301          (b) the county executive in the county executive and chief administrative officer-council
             302      optional form of government authorized by Section 17-52-503 ;
             303          (c) the county executive in the county executive-council optional form of government
             304      authorized by Section 17-52-504 ;
             305          (d) the county council in the council-manager optional form of government authorized by
             306      Section 17-52-505 ; and


             307          (e) the county council in the council-county administrative officer optional form of
             308      government authorized by Section 17-52-506 .
             309          (19) "County legislative body" means:
             310          (a) the county commission in the county commission or expanded county commission
             311      form of government established under Title 17, Chapter 52, Forms of County Government;
             312          (b) the county council in the county executive and chief administrative officer-council
             313      optional form of government authorized by Section 17-52-503 ;
             314          (c) the county council in the county executive-council optional form of government
             315      authorized by Section 17-52-504 ;
             316          (d) the county council in the council-manager optional form of government authorized by
             317      Section 17-52-505 ; and
             318          (e) the county council in the council-county administrative officer optional form of
             319      government authorized by Section 17-52-506 .
             320          (20) "County officers" means those county officers that are required by law to be elected.
             321          (21) "Election" means a regular general election, a municipal general election, a statewide
             322      special election, a local special election, a regular primary election, a municipal primary election,
             323      and a special district election.
             324          (22) "Election cycle" means the period beginning on the first day persons are eligible to
             325      file declarations of candidacy and ending when the canvass is completed.
             326          (23) "Election judge" means each canvassing judge, counting judge, and receiving judge.
             327          (24) "Election officer" means:
             328          (a) the [lieutenant governor] executive director of the State Elections Commission, for all
             329      statewide ballots;
             330          (b) the county clerk or clerks for all county ballots and for certain special district and
             331      school district ballots as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ;
             332          (c) the municipal clerk for all municipal ballots and for certain special district and school
             333      district ballots as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ; and
             334          (d) the special district clerk or chief executive officer for all special district ballots that are
             335      not part of a statewide, county, or municipal ballot.
             336          (25) "Election official" means any election officer, election judge, or satellite registrar.
             337          (26) "Election returns" includes the pollbook, all affidavits of registration, the military and


             338      overseas absentee voter registration and voting certificates, one of the tally sheets, any unprocessed
             339      absentee ballots, all counted ballots, all excess ballots, all unused ballots, all spoiled ballots, the
             340      ballot disposition form, and the total votes cast form.
             341          (27) "Electronic voting system" means a system in which a voting device is used in
             342      conjunction with ballots so that votes recorded by the voter are counted and tabulated by automatic
             343      tabulating equipment.
             344          (28) "Inactive voter" means a registered voter who has been sent the notice required by
             345      Section 20A-2-306 and who has failed to respond to that notice.
             346          (29) "Inspecting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in this title to witness
             347      the receipt and safe deposit of voted and counted ballots.
             348          (30) "Judicial office" means the office filled by any judicial officer.
             349          (31) "Judicial officer" means any justice or judge of a court of record or any county court
             350      judge.
             351          (32) "Local election" means a regular municipal election, a local special election, a special
             352      district election, and a bond election.
             353          (33) "Local political subdivision" means a county, a municipality, a special district, or a
             354      local school district.
             355          (34) "Local special election" means a special election called by the governing body of a
             356      local political subdivision in which all registered voters of the local political subdivision may vote.
             357          (35) "Municipal executive" means:
             358          (a) the city commission, city council, or town council in the traditional management
             359      arrangement established by Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 1, Governing Body;
             360          (b) the mayor in the council-mayor optional form of government defined in Section
             361      10-3-1209 ; and
             362          (c) the manager in the council-manager optional form of government defined in Section
             363      10-3-1209 .
             364          (36) "Municipal general election" means the election held in municipalities and special
             365      districts on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year for
             366      the purposes established in Section 20A-1-202 .
             367          (37) "Municipal legislative body" means:
             368          (a) the city commission, city council, or town council in the traditional management


             369      arrangement established by Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 1, Governing Body;
             370          (b) the municipal council in the council-mayor optional form of government defined in
             371      Section 10-3-1209 ; and
             372          (c) the municipal council in the council-manager optional form of government defined in
             373      Section 10-3-1209 .
             374          (38) "Municipal officers" means those municipal officers that are required by law to be
             375      elected.
             376          (39) "Municipal primary election" means an election held to nominate candidates for
             377      municipal office.
             378          (40) "Official ballot" means the ballots distributed by the election officer to the election
             379      judges to be given to voters to record their votes.
             380          (41) "Official endorsement" means:
             381          (a) the information on the ballot that identifies:
             382          (i) the ballot as an official ballot;
             383          (ii) the date of the election; and
             384          (iii) the facsimile signature of the election officer; and
             385          (b) the information on the ballot stub that identifies:
             386          (i) the election judge's initials; and
             387          (ii) the ballot number.
             388          (42) "Official register" means the book furnished election officials by the election officer
             389      that contains the information required by Section 20A-5-401 .
             390          (43) "Paper ballot" means a paper that contains:
             391          (a) the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to be voted
             392      on; and
             393          (b) spaces for the voter to record his vote for each office and for or against each ballot
             394      proposition.
             395          (44) "Political party" means an organization of registered voters that has qualified to
             396      participate in an election by meeting the requirements of Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party
             397      Formation and Procedures.
             398          (45) "Polling place" means the building where residents of a voting precinct vote.
             399          (46) "Position" means a square, circle, rectangle, or other geometric shape on a ballot in


             400      which the voter marks his choice.
             401          (47) "Posting list" means a list of registered voters within a voting precinct.
             402          (48) "Primary convention" means the political party conventions at which nominees for
             403      the regular primary election are selected.
             404          (49) "Protective counter" means a separate counter, which cannot be reset, that is built into
             405      a voting machine and records the total number of movements of the operating lever.
             406          (50) "Qualify" or "qualified" means to take the oath of office and begin performing the
             407      duties of the position for which the person was elected.
             408          (51) "Receiving judge" means the election judge that checks the voter's name in the official
             409      register, provides the voter with a ballot, and removes the ballot stub from the ballot after the voter
             410      has voted.
             411          (52) "Registration days" means the days designated in Section 20A-2-203 when a voter
             412      may register to vote with a satellite registrar.
             413          (53) "Registration form" means a book voter registration form and a by-mail voter
             414      registration form.
             415          (54) "Regular general election" means the election held throughout the state on the first
             416      Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year for the purposes
             417      established in Section 20A-1-201 .
             418          (55) "Regular primary election" means the election on the fourth Tuesday of June of each
             419      even-numbered year, at which candidates of political parties and nonpolitical groups are voted for
             420      nomination.
             421          (56) "Resident" means a person who resides within a specific voting precinct in Utah.
             422          (57) "Sample ballot" means a mock ballot similar in form to the official ballot printed and
             423      distributed as provided in Section 20A-5-405 .
             424          (58) "Satellite registrar" means a person appointed under Section 20A-5-201 to register
             425      voters and perform other duties.
             426          (59) "Scratch vote" means to mark or punch the straight party ticket and then mark or
             427      punch the ballot for one or more candidates who are members of different political parties.
             428          (60) "Secrecy envelope" means the envelope given to a voter along with the ballot into
             429      which the voter places the ballot after he has voted it in order to preserve the secrecy of the voter's
             430      vote.


             431          (61) "Special district" means those local government entities created under the authority
             432      of Title 17A.
             433          (62) "Special district officers" means those special district officers that are required by law
             434      to be elected.
             435          (63) "Special election" means an election held as authorized by Section 20A-1-204 .
             436          (64) "Spoiled ballot" means each ballot that:
             437          (a) is spoiled by the voter;
             438          (b) is unable to be voted because it was spoiled by the printer or the election judge; or
             439          (c) lacks the official endorsement.
             440          (65) "Statewide special election" means a special election called by the governor or the
             441      Legislature in which all registered voters in Utah may vote.
             442          (66) "Stub" means the detachable part of each ballot.
             443          (67) "Substitute ballots" means replacement ballots provided by an election officer to the
             444      election judges when the official ballots are lost or stolen.
             445          (68) "Ticket" means each list of candidates for each political party or for each group of
             446      petitioners.
             447          (69) "Transfer case" means the sealed box used to transport voted ballots to the counting
             448      center.
             449          (70) "Vacancy" means the absence of a person to serve in any position created by statute,
             450      whether that absence occurs because of death, disability, disqualification, resignation, or other
             451      cause.
             452          (71) "Valid write-in candidate" means a candidate who has qualified as a write-in
             453      candidate by following the procedures and requirements of this title.
             454          (72) "Voter" means a person who meets the requirements for voting in an election, meets
             455      the requirements of election registration, is registered to vote, and is listed in the official register
             456      book.
             457          (73) "Voting area" means the area within six feet of the voting booths, voting machines,
             458      and ballot box.
             459          (74) "Voting booth" means the space or compartment within a polling place that is
             460      provided for the preparation of ballots and includes the voting machine enclosure or curtain.
             461          (75) "Voting device" means:


             462          (a) an apparatus in which ballot cards are used in connection with a punch device for
             463      piercing the ballots by the voter;
             464          (b) a device for marking the ballots with ink or another substance; or
             465          (c) any other method for recording votes on ballots so that the ballot may be tabulated by
             466      means of automatic tabulating equipment.
             467          (76) "Voting machine" means a machine designed for the sole purpose of recording and
             468      tabulating votes cast by voters at an election.
             469          (77) "Voting poll watcher" means a person appointed as provided in this title to witness
             470      the distribution of ballots and the voting process.
             471          (78) "Voting precinct" means the smallest voting unit established as provided by law
             472      within which qualified voters vote at one polling place.
             473          (79) "Watcher" means a voting poll watcher, a counting poll watcher, and an inspecting
             474      poll watcher.
             475          (80) "Western States Presidential Primary" means the election established in Title 20A,
             476      Chapter 9, Part 8.
             477          (81) "Write-in ballot" means a ballot containing any write-in votes.
             478          (82) "Write-in vote" means a vote cast for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot
             479      according to the procedures established in this title.
             480          Section 10. Section 20A-1-305 is amended to read:
             481           20A-1-305. Publication and distribution of election laws.
             482          (1) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             483          (a) publish a sufficient number of copies of Title 20A, Election Code, and any other
             484      provisions of law that govern elections; and
             485          (b) transmit copies to each county clerk.
             486          (2) Each county clerk shall:
             487          (a) inform the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission of the number of copies
             488      needed; and
             489          (b) furnish each election officer in the county with one copy.
             490          Section 11. Section 20A-1-703 is amended to read:
             491           20A-1-703. Proceedings by registered voter.
             492          (1) Any registered voter who has information that any provisions of this title have been


             493      violated by any candidate for whom the registered voter had the right to vote, by any personal
             494      campaign committee of that candidate, by any member of that committee, or by any election
             495      official, may file a verified petition with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             496          (2) (a) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall gather information and
             497      determine if a special investigation is necessary.
             498          (b) If the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission determines that a special
             499      investigation is necessary, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall refer the
             500      information to the attorney general, who shall:
             501          (i) bring a special proceeding to investigate and determine whether or not there has been
             502      a violation; and
             503          (ii) appoint special counsel to conduct that proceeding on behalf of the state.
             504          (3) If it appears from the petition or otherwise that sufficient evidence is obtainable to
             505      show that there is probable cause to believe that a violation has occurred, the attorney general
             506      shall:
             507          (a) grant leave to bring the proceeding; and
             508          (b) appoint special counsel to conduct the proceeding.
             509          (4) (a) If leave is granted, the registered voter may, by a special proceeding brought in the
             510      district court in the name of the state upon the relation of the registered voter, investigate and
             511      determine whether or not the candidate, candidate's personal campaign committee, any member
             512      of the candidate's personal campaign committee, or any election officer has violated any provision
             513      of this title.
             514          (b) (i) In the proceeding, the complaint shall:
             515          (A) be served with the summons; and
             516          (B) set forth the name of the person or persons who have allegedly violated this title and
             517      the grounds of those violations in detail.
             518          (ii) The complaint may not be amended except by leave of the court.
             519          (iii) The summons and complaint in the proceeding shall be filed with the court no later
             520      than five days after they are served.
             521          (c) (i) The answer to the complaint shall be served and filed within ten days after the
             522      service of the summons and complaint.
             523          (ii) Any allegation of new matters in the answer shall be considered controverted by the


             524      adverse party without reply, and the proceeding shall be considered at issue and stand ready for
             525      trial upon five days' notice of trial.
             526          (d) (i) All proceedings initiated under this section have precedence over any other civil
             527      actions.
             528          (ii) The court shall always be considered open for the trial of the issues raised in this
             529      proceeding.
             530          (iii) The proceeding shall be tried and determined as a civil action without a jury, with the
             531      court determining all issues of fact and issues of law.
             532          (iv) If more than one proceeding is pending or the election of more than one person is
             533      investigated and contested, the court may:
             534          (A) order the proceedings consolidated and heard together; and
             535          (B) equitably apportion costs and disbursements.
             536          (e) (i) Either party may request a change of venue as provided by law in civil actions, but
             537      application for a change of venue must be made within five days after service of summons and
             538      complaint.
             539          (ii) The judge shall decide the request for a change of venue and issue any necessary orders
             540      within three days after the application is made.
             541          (iii) If a party fails to request a change of venue within five days of service, he has waived
             542      his right to a change of venue.
             543          (f) (i) If judgment is in favor of the plaintiff, the relator may petition the judge to recover
             544      his taxable costs and disbursements against the person whose right to the office is contested.
             545          (ii) The judge may not award costs to the defendant unless it appears that the proceeding
             546      was brought in bad faith.
             547          (iii) Subject to the limitations contained in Subsection (4)(f), the judge may decide whether
             548      or not to award costs and disbursements.
             549          (5) Nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit any other civil or criminal actions
             550      or remedies against alleged violators.
             551          (6) In the event a witness asserts a privilege against self-incrimination, testimony and
             552      evidence from the witness may be compelled pursuant to Title 77, Chapter 22b, Grants of
             553      Immunity.
             554          Section 12. Section 20A-1-704 is amended to read:


             555           20A-1-704. Judgment and findings -- Appeal -- Criminal prosecution not affected
             556      by judgment.
             557          (1) (a) If the court finds that the candidate whose right to any office is being investigated,
             558      or that the candidate, the candidate's personal campaign committee or any member of the
             559      candidate's personal campaign committee has violated any provision of this title in the conduct of
             560      the campaign for nomination or election, and if the candidate is not one mentioned in Subsection
             561      (2), the judge shall enter an order:
             562          (i) declaring void the election of the candidate to that office;
             563          (ii) ousting and excluding the candidate from office; and
             564          (iii) declaring the office vacant.
             565          (b) The vacancy created by that order shall be filled as provided in this chapter.
             566          (2) (a) If a proceeding has been brought to investigate the right of a candidate for either
             567      house of the Legislature, and the court finds that the candidate, the candidate's personal campaign
             568      committee, or any member of the candidate's personal campaign committee has violated any
             569      provision of this title in the conduct of the campaign for nomination or election, the court shall:
             570          (i) prepare and sign written findings of fact and conclusions of law relating to the
             571      violation; and
             572          (ii) without issuing an order, transmit those findings and conclusions to the [lieutenant
             573      governor] State Elections Commission.
             574          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall transmit the judge's
             575      findings and conclusions to the house of the Legislature for which the person is a candidate.
             576          (3) (a) A party may appeal the determination of the court in the same manner as appeals
             577      may be taken in civil actions.
             578          (b) A judge may not issue an injunction suspending or staying the proceeding unless:
             579          (i) application is made to the court or to the presiding judge of the court;
             580          (ii) all parties receive notice of the application and the time for the hearing; and
             581          (iii) the judge conducts a hearing.
             582          (4) Any judgment or findings and conclusions issued as provided in this section may not
             583      be construed to bar or affect in any way any criminal prosecution of any candidate or other person.
             584          Section 13. Section 20A-1-706 is amended to read:
             585           20A-1-706. Special counsel on appeal.


             586          (1) If either party appeals the judgment of the trial court, the district judge, the attorney
             587      general, or the governor who appointed special counsel for the trial court shall authorize that
             588      counsel, or some other person, to appear as special counsel in the appellate court in the matter.
             589          (2) (a) The special counsel authorized by this chapter shall receive a reasonable
             590      compensation for his services.
             591          (b) The compensation shall be audited by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             592      Commission and paid out of the state treasury upon a voucher and upon the written statement of
             593      the officer appointing the counsel that:
             594          (i) the appointment has been made;
             595          (ii) the person appointed has faithfully performed the duties imposed upon him; and
             596          (iii) that the special counsel's bill is accurate and correct.
             597          (c) Compensation for special counsel shall be audited and paid in the same manner as other
             598      claims against the state are audited and paid.
             599          Section 14. Section 20A-1a-101 is enacted to read:
             600     
CHAPTER 1a. STATE ELECTIONS COMMISSION

             601     
Part 1. General Provision

             602          20A-1a-101. Title.
             603          This chapter shall be known as "State Elections Commission."
             604          Section 15. Section 20A-1a-102 is enacted to read:
             605          20A-1a-102. Definitions.
             606          As used in this section:
             607          (1) "Candidate for public office" means a person who has filed a declaration of candidacy
             608      for an office to be filled at a regular general election or municipal general election.
             609          (2) "Party official" means the executive director of a registered political party, and each
             610      state and county chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer.
             611          (3) "Public official" means each person serving in an elected office and each person
             612      appointed by a person serving in an elective office.
             613          (4) "Total constitutional officer vote" means the total number of votes cast statewide in
             614      the last gubernatorial election for governor, attorney general, state auditor, and state treasurer.
             615          Section 16. Section 20A-1a-201 is enacted to read:
             616     
Part 2. Creation of State Elections Commission


             617          20A-1a-201. Creation.
             618          (1) There is created a State Elections Commission.
             619          (2) The governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint members to
             620      the State Elections Commission as provided in this section.
             621          (3) (a) The state central committee of each political party that received at least 15% of the
             622      total constitutional officer vote shall submit a list of ten nominees to the governor.
             623          (b) The state central committee may not nominate a candidate for public office, a public
             624      official, or a party official for service on the State Elections Commission.
             625          (c) (i) The governor will select two commission members from each list of nominees
             626      submitted to the governor by a central committee under this Subsection (3).
             627          (ii) The governor may not appoint a candidate for public office, a public official, or a party
             628      official to serve on the State Elections Commission.
             629          (4) (a) (i) At the first commission meeting, the commission shall select one additional
             630      commission member by a majority vote.
             631          (ii) The commission may not appoint a candidate for public office, a public official, or a
             632      party official to serve on the State Elections Commission.
             633          (b) If the commission is unable to select an additional member within 30 days after the first
             634      commission meeting, the governor shall replace each member of the commission in accordance
             635      with the procedures established by this chapter.
             636          (c) This process shall continue until an additional commission member is selected.
             637          (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b), the governor shall appoint commission
             638      members to serve four-year terms.
             639          (b) (i) When selecting the initial commission members, the governor shall select one
             640      member from each political party to serve a two-year term and the remaining members to serve
             641      four-year terms.
             642          (ii) The commission member selected by the commission at the first commission meeting
             643      shall serve a four-year term.
             644          (c) (i) Commission members may serve a four-year term unless their position becomes
             645      vacant as provided in Section 20A-1a-202 or unless they were appointed to a two-year term under
             646      Subsection (5)(b).
             647          (ii) Commission members may not serve more than two four-year terms.


             648          (6) (a) The commission shall elect a chair and vice chair from the commission to serve for
             649      two years.
             650          (b) The chair and vice chair may not be members of the same political party.
             651          (c) The chair may not be a member of the same political party as the preceding chair.
             652          (7) A simple majority of the commission is a quorum for the transaction of business.
             653          (8) (a) The commission shall meet at least once per quarter.
             654          (b) Additional meetings may be called by:
             655          (i) the chair of the commission;
             656          (ii) the executive director of the commission; or
             657          (iii) a simple majority of the commission members communicating their request for a
             658      meeting in writing to the chair.
             659          (9) (a) For each meeting that a commission member attends, the commission member shall
             660      receive a per diem rate that is equal to the rate legislators receive under Subsection 36-2-2 (1).
             661          (b) Members may also be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of their
             662      official duties as established in this chapter.
             663          (10) (a) The commission shall hire an executive director and additional support staff as
             664      needed.
             665          (b) The commission shall hire independent legal counsel.
             666          (c) In conjunction with the Department of Human Resource Management, the commission
             667      shall establish job classifications, job descriptions, and salary ranges for the executive director and
             668      each staff member.
             669          (d) The executive director may be removed from office for any reason at any time by a
             670      simple majority vote of the members of the commission.
             671          (11) Each member of the commission is exempt from the requirements of Title 67, Chapter
             672      16, Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act.
             673          Section 17. Section 20A-1a-202 is enacted to read:
             674          20A-1a-202. Commission vacancies.
             675          (1) A vacancy occurs on the commission when:
             676          (a) the political party of a commission member does not receive at least 15% of the total
             677      constitutional officer vote in the last gubernatorial election;
             678          (b) a commission member resigns from the commission or is otherwise unable to complete


             679      his term; or
             680          (c) a commission member completes his term.
             681          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), the governor, within 30 days after a
             682      vacancy has occurred, shall appoint a member of the same political party to fill the vacancy in
             683      accordance with the procedures established in this chapter.
             684          (b) (i) When the political party of a commission member does not receive more than 15%
             685      of the total constitutional officer vote in the preceding gubernatorial election, the terms of the
             686      commission members of that political party have expired, and those persons are no longer
             687      members of the commission.
             688          (ii) The governor may not replace any vacant positions that occur under Subsection (2)(b).
             689          (iii) When the position of the commission member selected by other commission members
             690      becomes vacant, the commission members appointed by the governor shall select a person to fill
             691      the vacancy for the unexpired term.
             692          Section 18. Section 20A-1a-203 is enacted to read:
             693          20A-1a-203. Adding members to the commission.
             694          The governor shall, within 30 days after each gubernatorial election, select two additional
             695      nominees to serve on the commission from a list of ten nominees submitted by the central
             696      committee of a political party if the political party:
             697          (1) received at least 15% of the votes for governor in the last gubernatorial election; and
             698          (2) does not already have a representative on the commission who was appointed by the
             699      governor.
             700          Section 19. Section 20A-1a-204 is enacted to read:
             701          20A-1a-204. Transfer of personnel, equipment, and property.
             702          (1) To the extent practicable, the State Elections Commission shall use the personnel and
             703      equipment transferred from the lieutenant governor's office under this section.
             704          (2) (a) The lieutenant governor's office shall transfer to the State Elections Commission
             705      each person employed by the lieutenant governor who, as of the effective date of this chapter,
             706      spends more than 60% of his time performing functions related to the lieutenant governor's
             707      functions as the chief election officer of the state.
             708          (b) The transfer of personnel shall be completed by July 1, 2001.
             709          (c) Effective July 1, 2001, the Division of Finance shall transfer from the lieutenant


             710      governor's office to the commission, all monies that have been appropriated to the lieutenant
             711      governor to manage and operate the election process, including monies that would have been used
             712      to compensate any transferred personnel for the remainder of the 2000-01 fiscal year, including
             713      retirement, leave, and all other benefits.
             714          (3) The lieutenant governor's office shall inventory and transfer to the State Elections
             715      Commission all equipment and other tangible property in its possession that is primarily used by
             716      persons transferred to the State Elections Commission under this section.
             717          Section 20. Section 20A-1a-301 is enacted to read:
             718     
Part 3. Duties and Responsibilities

             719          20A-1a-301. Duties of the State Elections Commission.
             720          The State Elections Commission shall:
             721          (1) select an additional committee member, within 30 days after each gubernatorial
             722      election, to serve on the committee for a four-year term according to Subsection 20A-1a-201 (5)(a);
             723          (2) prepare voter information pamphlets in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 7, Issues
             724      Submitted to the Voters;
             725          (3) issue and revoke lobbyist licenses in accordance with Title 36, Chapter 11, Lobbyist
             726      Disclosure and Regulation Act;
             727          (4) certify new political parties in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party
             728      Formation and Procedures;
             729          (5) review and adjudicate complaints and disputes that arise in the election process by
             730      following the procedures and requirements of Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures
             731      Act;
             732          (6) certify to the state central committee of each political party the names of individuals
             733      of that political party who have filed a declaration of candidacy with the commission;
             734          (7) govern the initiative and referendum process in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter
             735      7, Issues Submitted to the Voters;
             736          (8) prepare a summary of the financial reports submitted by political action committees,
             737      political issues committees, and corporations in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 11, Campaign
             738      and Financial Reporting Requirements;
             739          (9) canvass the return of ballots and publish the results of primaries in accordance with
             740      Title 20A, Chapter 4, Election Returns and Election Contests;


             741          (10) canvass the returns of ballots of general and special elections in accordance with Title
             742      20A, Chapter 4, Election Returns and Election Contests;
             743          (11) transmit certificates of election in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 4, Election
             744      Returns and Election Contests;
             745          (12) canvass petitions for delegates to a convention regarding an amendment to the U.S.
             746      Constitution in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 15, Convention to Ratify Amendments to the
             747      Constitution of the United States;
             748          (13) comply with the provision of Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings;
             749          (14) prepare a written annual report that contains:
             750          (a) a list of the registered political parties in Utah;
             751          (b) a list of all lobbyists licensed in Utah;
             752          (c) a summary of political contributions to and political expenditures of political action
             753      committees, political issues committees, and corporations;
             754          (d) a summary detailing the total political contributions to and political expenditures of
             755      each candidate for:
             756          (i) governor;
             757          (ii) attorney general;
             758          (iii) state auditor;
             759          (iv) state treasurer; and
             760          (v) state school board;
             761          (e) a summary detailing the total political contributions to and political expenditures of all
             762      candidates for:
             763          (i) the Utah House of Representatives; and
             764          (ii) the Utah Senate;
             765          (f) a list detailing each initiative and referendum that is being circulated for signature;
             766          (g) a brief description of any significant regulatory, adjudicative, enforcement, or legal
             767      action that the commission undertook or was involved in;
             768          (h) a brief description of any rules enacted by the commission since the date of the last
             769      report; and
             770          (i) any proposed legislation that the commission believes should be considered by the
             771      Legislature; and


             772          (15) submit the annual report to the governor and the Government Operations Interim
             773      Committee of the Legislature by February 1 of each year.
             774          Section 21. Section 20A-1a-302 is enacted to read:
             775          20A-1a-302. Duties of the executive director.
             776          The executive director shall:
             777          (1) provide election information to the public;
             778          (2) publish, in pamphlet form, copies of the election laws and distribute copies to each
             779      county clerk in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 1, General Provisions;
             780          (3) publish and distribute voter information pamphlets to each county clerk in accordance
             781      with Title 20A, Chapter 5, Election Administration;
             782          (4) serve as the filing officer for candidates for the following positions:
             783          (a) President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative;
             784          (b) governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, state treasurer;
             785          (c) state school board; and
             786          (d) state senator and state representative, when that official represents constituents in more
             787      than one county;
             788          (5) license lobbyists and maintain lobby registration lists in accordance with Title 36,
             789      Chapter 11, Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act;
             790          (6) maintain election returns and statistics as required by Title 20A, Elections;
             791          (7) maintain expenditure records of lobbyists, principals, and government officers on
             792      public officials or members of their immediate family in accordance with Title 36, Chapter 11,
             793      Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act;
             794          (8) register and maintain expenditure records of political action committees, political issue
             795      committees, and corporations in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 11, Campaign and Financial
             796      Reporting Requirements;
             797          (9) maintain records on candidates and candidate's personal campaign committees in
             798      accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 11, Campaign and Financial Reporting Requirements;
             799          (10) maintain the official districting maps in accordance with Title 20A, Chapter 13,
             800      Elections to Federal Offices; and
             801          (11) maintain argument papers concerning the adoption of a referendum in accordance
             802      with Title 20A, Chapter 7, Issues Submitted to the Voters.


             803          Section 22. Section 20A-2-104 is amended to read:
             804           20A-2-104. Voter registration form -- Registered voter lists -- Fees for copies.
             805          (1) (a) Every person applying to be registered shall complete a registration form printed
             806      in substantially the following form:
             807      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
             808     
UTAH ELECTION REGISTRATION FORM

             809          Name of Voter __________________________________________________________
             810                      First             Middle          Last
             811          Driver License or Identification Card Number (optional)__________________________
             812          Date of Birth ______________________________________________________
             813          Street Address of Principal Place of Residence __________________________________
             814          ________________________________________________________________________
             815              City          County          State          Zip Code
             816          Telephone Number (optional) _________________________
             817          Last four digits of Social Security Number (optional) ______________________
             818          Place of Birth _____________________________
             819          Last former address at which I was registered to vote (if known)
             820          ________________________________________________________________________
             821              City            County            State        Zip Code
             822          ________________________________________________________________________
             823               Voting Precinct (if known)
             824          Political Party
             825          .American .Democrat .Green .Independent American .Libertarian .Natural Law
             826      .Reform .Populist .Republican .Socialist Workers .Unaffiliated (no political party
             827      preference)
             828          Other (Please specify) ______________________________
             829          I do swear (or affirm), subject to penalty of law for false statements, that the information
             830      contained in this form is true, and that I am a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state
             831      of Utah, residing at the above address. I will be at least 18 years old and will have resided in Utah
             832      for 30 days immediately before the next election. I am not a convicted felon currently incarcerated
             833      for commission of a felony.


             834              Signed and sworn
             835              __________________________________________________________
             836                          Voter's Signature
             837          _______________(month/day/year).
             838      NOTICE: IN ORDER TO VOTE, YOUR NAME MUST APPEAR IN THE OFFICIAL
             839      REGISTER.
             840      FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
             841      Voting Precinct _________________________
             842      Voting I.D. Number _____________________
             843      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
             844          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission, after consulting with the county
             845      clerks, may direct additional changes to the voter registration form when necessary to provide
             846      information to persons registering to vote or to facilitate election administration.
             847          (2) The county clerk shall retain a copy in a permanent countywide alphabetical file, which
             848      may be electronic or some other recognized system.
             849          (3) (a) Each county clerk shall retain lists of currently registered voters.
             850          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall maintain a list of
             851      registered voters in electronic form.
             852          (c) If there are any discrepancies between the two lists, the county clerk's list is the official
             853      list.
             854          (d) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and the county clerks may
             855      charge the fees established under the authority of Subsection 63-2-203 (10) to individuals who wish
             856      to obtain a copy of the list of registered voters.
             857          (4) When political parties not listed on the voter registration form qualify as registered
             858      political parties under Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party Formation and Procedures, the
             859      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall inform the county clerks about the name
             860      of the new political party and direct the county clerks to ensure that the voter registration form is
             861      modified to include that political party.
             862          Section 23. Section 20A-2-108 is amended to read:
             863           20A-2-108. Driver license registration form -- Transmittal of information.
             864          (1) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and the Driver License Division


             865      shall design the driver license application and renewal forms to include the question "if you are
             866      not registered to vote where you live now, would you like to register to vote today?"
             867          (2) (a) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and the Driver License
             868      Division shall design a motor voter registration form to be used in conjunction with driver license
             869      application and renewal forms.
             870          (b) Each driver license application and renewal form shall contain:
             871          (i) a place for the applicant to decline to register to vote;
             872          (ii) an eligibility statement in substantially the following form:
             873          "I do swear (or affirm), subject to penalty of law for false statements, that the information
             874      contained in this form is true, and that I am a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state
             875      of Utah, residing at the above address. I will be at least 18 years old and will have resided in Utah
             876      for 30 days immediately before the next election.
             877              Signed and sworn
             878              ___________________________________________________________
             879                          Voter's Signature
             880          __________(month\day\year)";
             881          (iii) a statement that if an applicant declines to register to vote, the fact that the applicant
             882      has declined to register will remain confidential and will be used only for voter registration
             883      purposes; and
             884          (iv) a statement that if an applicant does register to vote, the office at which the applicant
             885      submits a voter registration application will remain confidential and will be used only for voter
             886      registration purposes.
             887          Section 24. Section 20A-2-109 is amended to read:
             888           20A-2-109. Statewide voter registration data base -- State Elections Commission to
             889      create -- Counties to provide information -- List of incarcerated felons.
             890          (1) (a) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall develop a statewide
             891      voter registration data base.
             892          (b) Each county clerk shall provide the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission
             893      with the county's voter registration and other data requested by the [lieutenant governor] State
             894      Elections Commission in the form required by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             895      Commission.


             896          (2) (a) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall maintain a current list
             897      of all incarcerated felons in Utah.
             898          (b) (i) The Department of Corrections shall provide the [lieutenant governor's office] State
             899      Elections Commission with a list of the name and last-known address of each person who:
             900          (A) was convicted of a felony in a Utah state court; and
             901          (B) is currently incarcerated for commission of a felony.
             902          (ii) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall establish the frequency
             903      of receipt of the information and the method of transmitting the information after consultation with
             904      the Department of Corrections.
             905          (c) (i) The Department of Corrections shall provide the [lieutenant governor's office] State
             906      Elections Commission with a list of the name of each convicted felon who is no longer subject to
             907      the jurisdiction of the department because the person has been released from incarceration.
             908          (ii) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall establish the frequency
             909      of receipt of the information and the method of transmitting the information after consultation with
             910      the Department of Corrections.
             911          Section 25. Section 20A-2-204 is amended to read:
             912           20A-2-204. Registering to vote when applying for or renewing a driver license.
             913          (1) As used in this section, "voter registration form" means the driver license
             914      application/voter registration form and the driver license renewal/voter registration form required
             915      by Section 20A-2-108 .
             916          (2) Any citizen who is qualified to vote may register to vote by completing the voter
             917      registration form.
             918          (3) The Driver License Division shall:
             919          (a) assist applicants in completing the voter registration form unless the applicant refuses
             920      assistance;
             921          (b) accept completed forms for transmittal to the appropriate election official;
             922          (c) transmit a copy of each voter registration form to the appropriate election official
             923      within five days after it is received by the division;
             924          (d) transmit each address change within five days after it is received by the division; and
             925          (e) transmit electronically to the [lieutenant governor's] State Elections Commission's
             926      office the name, address, birth date, and driver license number of each person who answers "yes"


             927      to the question on the driver license form about registering to vote.
             928          (4) Upon receipt of a correctly completed voter registration form, the county clerk shall:
             929          (a) enter the applicant's name on the list of registered voters for the voting precinct in
             930      which the applicant resides; and
             931          (b) notify the applicant of registration.
             932          (5) (a) If the county clerk receives a correctly completed voter registration form that is
             933      dated less than 20 days before an election, the county clerk shall:
             934          (i) register the applicant after the next election; and
             935          (ii) if possible, promptly phone or mail a notice to the applicant before the election,
             936      informing the applicant that his registration will not be effective until after the election.
             937          (b) When the county clerk receives any voter registration forms at least seven days before
             938      an election that are dated at least 20 days before the election, the county clerk shall:
             939          (i) process the voter registration forms; and
             940          (ii) record the new voters in the official register and posting list.
             941          (6) If the county clerk determines that a voter registration form received from the Driver
             942      License Division is incorrect because of an error or because it is incomplete, the county clerk shall
             943      mail notice to the person attempting to register, informing him that he has not been registered
             944      because of an error or because the form is incomplete.
             945          Section 26. Section 20A-2-205 is amended to read:
             946           20A-2-205. Registration at voter registration agencies.
             947          (1) As used in this section:
             948          (a) "Discretionary voter registration agency" means each office designated by the county
             949      clerk under Part 3 to provide by-mail voter registration forms to the public.
             950          (b) "Public assistance agency" means each office in Utah that provides:
             951          (i) public assistance; or
             952          (ii) state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to people with
             953      disabilities.
             954          (2) Any person may obtain and complete a by-mail registration form at a public assistance
             955      agency or discretionary voter registration agency.
             956          (3) Each public assistance agency and discretionary voter registration agency shall provide,
             957      either as part of existing forms or on a separate form, the following information in substantially


             958      the following form:
             959          "REGISTERING TO VOTE
             960          If you are not registered to vote where you live now, would you like to apply to register to
             961      vote here today? (Applying to register to vote or declining to register to vote will not affect the
             962      amount of assistance that you will be provided by this agency.) Yes____ No____ IF YOU DO
             963      NOT CHECK EITHER BOX, YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE DECIDED NOT TO
             964      REGISTER TO VOTE AT THIS TIME. If you would like help in filling out the voter registration
             965      application form, we will help you. The decision about whether or not to seek or accept help is
             966      yours. You may fill out the application form in private. If you believe that someone has interfered
             967      with your right to register or to decline to register to vote, your right to privacy in deciding whether
             968      or not to register, or in applying to register to vote, or your right to choose your own political party
             969      or other political preference, you may file a complaint with the [Office of the Lieutenant Governor,
             970      State Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114. (801) 538-1040] State Elections
             971      Commission."
             972          (4) Unless a person applying for service or assistance from a public assistance agency or
             973      discretionary voter registration agency declines, in writing, to register to vote, each public
             974      assistance agency and discretionary voter registration agency shall:
             975          (a) distribute a by-mail voter registration form with each application for service or
             976      assistance provided by the agency or office;
             977          (b) assist applicants in completing the voter registration form unless the applicant refuses
             978      assistance;
             979          (c) accept completed forms for transmittal to the appropriate election official; and
             980          (d) transmit a copy of each voter registration form to the appropriate election official
             981      within five days after it is received by the division.
             982          (5) A person in a public assistance agency or a discretionary voter registration agency that
             983      helps a person complete the voter registration form may not:
             984          (a) seek to influence an applicant's political preference or party registration;
             985          (b) display any political preference or party allegiance;
             986          (c) make any statement to an applicant or take any action that has the purpose or effect of
             987      discouraging the applicant from registering to vote; or
             988          (d) make any statement to an applicant or take any action that has the purpose or effect of


             989      leading the applicant to believe that a decision to register or not to register has any bearing upon
             990      the availability of services or benefits.
             991          (6) Upon receipt of a correctly completed voter registration form, the county clerk shall:
             992          (a) enter the applicant's name on the list of registered voters for the voting precinct in
             993      which the applicant resides; and
             994          (b) notify the applicant of registration.
             995          (7) (a) If the county clerk receives a correctly completed voter registration form that is
             996      dated less than 20 days before an election, the county clerk shall:
             997          (i) register the applicant after the next election; and
             998          (ii) if possible, promptly phone or mail a notice to the applicant before the election,
             999      informing the applicant that his registration will not be effective until after the election.
             1000          (b) When the county clerk receives any voter registration forms at least seven days before
             1001      an election that are dated at least 20 days before the election, the county clerk shall:
             1002          (i) process the voter registration forms; and
             1003          (ii) record the new voters in the official register and posting list.
             1004          (8) If the county clerk determines that a voter registration form received from a public
             1005      assistance agency or discretionary voter registration agency is incorrect because of an error or
             1006      because it is incomplete, the county clerk shall mail notice to the person attempting to register,
             1007      informing him that he has not been registered because of an error or because the form is
             1008      incomplete.
             1009          Section 27. Section 20A-2-300.6 is amended to read:
             1010           20A-2-300.6. Chief elections officer.
             1011          (1) The [lieutenant governor] executive director of the State Elections Commission is
             1012      Utah's chief elections officer.
             1013          (2) The [lieutenant governor] executive director of the State Elections Commission shall:
             1014          (a) oversee all of Utah's:
             1015          (i) voter registration activities; and
             1016          (ii) other responsibilities established by Public Law 103-31, the National Voter
             1017      Registration Act of 1993; and
             1018          (b) coordinate with local, state, and federal officials to ensure compliance with state and
             1019      federal election laws.


             1020          (3) The [lieutenant governor] executive director of the State Elections Commission, in
             1021      cooperation with the county clerks, shall develop a general program to obtain change of address
             1022      information in order to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official register.
             1023          Section 28. Section 20A-2-308 is amended to read:
             1024           20A-2-308. State Elections Commission and county clerks to preserve records.
             1025          (1) As used in this section:
             1026          (a) "Voter registration records" means all records concerning the implementation of
             1027      programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring that the official register is accurate
             1028      and current.
             1029          (b) "Voter registration records" does not mean records that:
             1030          (i) relate to a person's decision to decline to register to vote; and
             1031          (ii) identify the particular public assistance agency, discretionary voter registration agency,
             1032      or Driver License Division through which a particular voter registered to vote.
             1033          (2) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and each county clerk shall:
             1034          (a) preserve for at least two years all records relating to voter registration, including:
             1035          (i) the official register; and
             1036          (ii) the names and addresses of all persons to whom the notice required by Section
             1037      20A-2-306 was sent and a notation as to whether or not the person responded to the notice;
             1038          (b) make the records available for public inspection; and
             1039          (c) allow the records to be photocopied for a reasonable cost.
             1040          Section 29. Section 20A-3-406 is amended to read:
             1041           20A-3-406. Absentee ballots for military personnel and citizens living overseas --
             1042      Federal postcard applications for ballot.
             1043          (1) (a) Applications for absentee ballots for military voters shall be filed in the county
             1044      clerk's office no later than the Friday immediately before the day of election.
             1045          (b) Military personnel voting an absentee ballot at the office of the clerk shall apply and
             1046      cast their ballot no later than the day before the election.
             1047          (2) (a) Military voters stationed overseas and overseas citizen voters shall file an
             1048      application for a ballot with the county clerk no later than 20 days before the day of election.
             1049          (b) Upon receipt of a properly completed written application for an absentee ballot signed
             1050      by any military voter or overseas citizen voter, the county clerk shall mail an appropriate ballot to


             1051      the military voter or overseas citizen voter.
             1052          (c) The county clerk, at the time he furnishes the ballot, shall record, in a record book
             1053      provided for that purpose, the name and home address of the military voter or overseas citizen
             1054      voter to whom the ballot is mailed, the address mailed to, and the date of mailing the ballot.
             1055          (d) If the military voter or overseas citizen voter sends his application to the [lieutenant
             1056      governor] State Elections Commission, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall
             1057      forward the application to the county clerk of the county where the military voter or overseas
             1058      citizen voter is entitled to vote.
             1059          (3) Any military voter or overseas citizen voter who is physically disabled so as to be
             1060      unable to see or write may apply for a ballot by having a commissioned, noncommissioned, or
             1061      petty officer not below the rank of sergeant, or other person authorized to administer oaths to apply
             1062      for a ballot on the voter's behalf.
             1063          (4) (a) A federal postcard application issued under the authority of any Act of Congress
             1064      or federal regulation is acceptable, when properly executed, as an application for a ballot under this
             1065      chapter.
             1066          (b) The county clerk shall accept the completed postcard application as an application for
             1067      ballots for every election held in even-numbered years and shall send the applicant a ballot for each
             1068      election as required by Section 20A-3-407 .
             1069          (5) The county clerk shall retain the application for use at the time the ballot is received
             1070      from the military voter or overseas citizen voter.
             1071          Section 30. Section 20A-4-304 is amended to read:
             1072           20A-4-304. Declaration of results -- Canvassers' report.
             1073          (1) Each board of canvassers shall:
             1074          (a) declare "elected" or "nominated" those persons who:
             1075          (i) had the highest number of votes; and
             1076          (ii) sought election or nomination to an office completely within the board's jurisdiction;
             1077          (b) declare:
             1078          (i) "approved" those ballot propositions that:
             1079          (A) had more "yes" votes than "no" votes; and
             1080          (B) were submitted only to the voters within the board's jurisdiction;
             1081          (ii) "rejected" those ballot propositions that:


             1082          (A) had more "no" votes than "yes" votes or an equal number of "no" votes and "yes"
             1083      votes; and
             1084          (B) were submitted only to the voters within the board's jurisdiction;
             1085          (c) certify the vote totals for persons and for and against ballot propositions that were
             1086      submitted to voters within and beyond the board's jurisdiction and transmit those vote totals to the
             1087      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission; and
             1088          (d) if applicable, certify the results of each special district election to the special district
             1089      clerk.
             1090          (2) (a) As soon as the result is declared, the election officer shall prepare a report of the
             1091      result, which shall contain:
             1092          (i) the total number of votes cast in the board's jurisdiction;
             1093          (ii) the names of each candidate whose name appeared on the ballot;
             1094          (iii) the title of each ballot proposition that appeared on the ballot;
             1095          (iv) each office that appeared on the ballot;
             1096          (v) from each voting precinct:
             1097          (A) the number of votes for each candidate; and
             1098          (B) the number of votes for and against each ballot proposition;
             1099          (vi) the total number of votes given in the board's jurisdiction to each candidate, and for
             1100      and against each ballot proposition; and
             1101          (vii) a statement certifying that the information contained in the report is accurate.
             1102          (b) The election officer and the board of canvassers shall:
             1103          (i) review the report to ensure that it is correct; and
             1104          (ii) sign the report.
             1105          (c) The election officer shall:
             1106          (i) record or file the certified report in a book kept for that purpose;
             1107          (ii) prepare and transmit a certificate of nomination or election under the officer's seal to
             1108      each nominated or elected candidate;
             1109          (iii) publish a copy of the certified report in a newspaper with general circulation in the
             1110      board's jurisdiction and post it in a conspicuous place within the jurisdiction; and
             1111          (iv) file a copy of the certified report with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             1112      Commission.


             1113          (3) When there has been a regular general or a statewide special election for statewide
             1114      officers, for officers that appear on the ballot in more than one county, or for a statewide or two
             1115      or more county ballot proposition, each board of canvassers shall:
             1116          (a) prepare a separate report detailing the number of votes for each candidate and the
             1117      number of votes for and against each ballot proposition; and
             1118          (b) transmit it by registered mail to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1119          (4) In each county election, municipal election, school election, special district election,
             1120      and local special election, the election officer shall transmit the reports to the [lieutenant governor]
             1121      State Elections Commission within 14 days of the canvass.
             1122          (5) In regular primary elections and in the Western States Presidential Primary, the board
             1123      shall transmit to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission:
             1124          (a) the county totals for multi-county races, to be telephoned or faxed to the [lieutenant
             1125      governor] State Elections Commission:
             1126          (i) not later than the Tuesday after the primary election for the regular primary election;
             1127      and
             1128          (ii) not later than the Friday after the election for the Western States Presidential Primary;
             1129      and
             1130          (b) a complete tabulation showing voting totals for all primary races, precinct by precinct,
             1131      to be mailed to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission on or before the second
             1132      Friday following the primary election.
             1133          Section 31. Section 20A-4-306 is amended to read:
             1134           20A-4-306. Statewide canvass.
             1135          (1) (a) The state board of canvassers shall convene:
             1136          (i) on the fourth Monday of November, at noon; or
             1137          (ii) at noon on the day following the receipt by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             1138      Commission of the last of the returns of a statewide special election.
             1139          (b) The state auditor, the state treasurer, and the attorney general are the state board of
             1140      canvassers.
             1141          (2) (a) The state board of canvassers shall:
             1142          (i) meet in the [lieutenant governor's] office of the State Elections Commission; and
             1143          (ii) compute and determine the vote for officers and for and against any ballot propositions


             1144      voted upon by the voters of the entire state or of two or more counties.
             1145          (b) The [lieutenant governor, as secretary of the board] State Elections Commission shall
             1146      [file] prepare a report [in his office] that details:
             1147          (i) for each statewide officer and ballot proposition:
             1148          (A) the name of the statewide office or ballot proposition that appeared on the ballot;
             1149          (B) the candidates for each statewide office whose names appeared on the ballot, plus any
             1150      recorded write-in candidates;
             1151          (C) the number of votes from each county cast for each candidate and for and against each
             1152      ballot proposition;
             1153          (D) the total number of votes cast statewide for each candidate and for and against each
             1154      ballot proposition; and
             1155          (E) the total number of votes cast statewide; and
             1156          (ii) for each officer or ballot proposition voted on in two or more counties:
             1157          (A) the name of each of those offices and ballot propositions that appeared on the ballot;
             1158          (B) the candidates for those offices, plus any recorded write-in candidates;
             1159          (C) the number of votes from each county cast for each candidate and for and against each
             1160      ballot proposition; and
             1161          (D) the total number of votes cast for each candidate and for and against each ballot
             1162      proposition.
             1163          (c) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             1164          (i) prepare certificates of election for:
             1165          (A) each successful candidate; and
             1166          (B) each of the presidential electors of the candidate for president who received a majority
             1167      of the votes;
             1168          (ii) authenticate each certificate with his seal; and
             1169          (iii) deliver a certificate of election to:
             1170          (A) each candidate who had the highest number of votes for each office; and
             1171          (B) each of the presidential electors of the candidate for president who received a majority
             1172      of the votes.
             1173          (3) If the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission has not received election
             1174      returns from all counties on the fifth day before the day designated for the meeting of the state


             1175      board of canvassers, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             1176          (a) send a messenger to the clerk of the board of county canvassers of the delinquent
             1177      county;
             1178          (b) instruct the messenger to demand a certified copy of the board of canvasser's report
             1179      required by Section 20A-4-304 from the clerk; and
             1180          (c) pay the messenger the per diem provided by law as compensation.
             1181          (4) The state board of canvassers may not withhold the declaration of the result or any
             1182      certificate of election because of any defect or informality in the returns of any election if the board
             1183      can determine from the returns, with reasonable certainty, what office is intended and who is
             1184      elected to it.
             1185          (5) (a) At noon on the third Monday after the regular primary election, the [lieutenant
             1186      governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             1187          (i) canvass the returns for all multicounty candidates required to file with the office of the
             1188      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission; and
             1189          (ii) publish and file the results of the canvass in the [lieutenant governor's] office of the
             1190      State Elections Commission.
             1191          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall certify the results of the
             1192      primary canvass to the county clerks not later than the August 1 after the primary election.
             1193          (6) (a) At noon on the third Thursday after the Western States Presidential Primary
             1194      election, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             1195          (i) canvass the returns; and
             1196          (ii) publish and file the results of the canvass in the [lieutenant governor's] State Elections
             1197      Commission's office.
             1198          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall certify the results of the
             1199      Western States Presidential Primary canvass to each registered political party that participated in
             1200      the primary not later than the April 15 after the primary election.
             1201          Section 32. Section 20A-5-101 is amended to read:
             1202           20A-5-101. Notice of election.
             1203          (1) On or before February 1 in each regular general election year, the [lieutenant governor]
             1204      State Elections Commission shall prepare and transmit a written notice to each county clerk that:
             1205          (a) designates the offices to be filled at the regular general election;


             1206          (b) identifies the dates for filing a declaration of candidacy for those offices; and
             1207          (c) contains a description of any ballot propositions to be decided by the voters that have
             1208      qualified for the ballot as of that date.
             1209          (2) (a) No later than February 10, each county clerk shall:
             1210          (i) publish a notice once in a newspaper published in that county; and
             1211          (ii) (A) cause a copy of the notice to be posted in a conspicuous place most likely to give
             1212      notice of the election to the voters in each voting precinct within the county; and
             1213          (B) prepare an affidavit of that posting, showing a copy of the notice and the places where
             1214      the notice was posted.
             1215          (b) The notice required by Subsection (2)(a) shall:
             1216          (i) designate the offices to be voted on in that election in that county, other than special
             1217      district offices; and
             1218          (ii) identify the dates for filing a declaration of candidacy for those offices.
             1219          (3) Before each election, the election officer shall give written or printed notice of:
             1220          (a) the date and place of election;
             1221          (b) the hours during which the polls will be open;
             1222          (c) the polling places for each voting precinct; and
             1223          (d) the qualifications for persons to vote in the election.
             1224          (4) To provide the notice required by Subsection (3), the election officer shall publish the
             1225      notice at least two days before the election in a newspaper of general circulation common to the
             1226      area or in which the election is being held.
             1227          Section 33. Section 20A-5-405 is amended to read:
             1228           20A-5-405. Election officer to provide ballots.
             1229          (1) In jurisdictions using paper ballots, each election officer shall:
             1230          (a) provide printed official paper ballots and absentee ballots for every election of public
             1231      officers in which the voters, or any of the voters, within the election officer's jurisdiction
             1232      participate;
             1233          (b) cause the name of every candidate whose nomination has been certified to or filed with
             1234      the election officer in the manner provided by law to be printed on each official paper ballot and
             1235      absentee ballot;
             1236          (c) cause any ballot proposition that has qualified for the ballot as provided by law to be


             1237      printed on each official paper ballot and absentee ballot;
             1238          (d) ensure that the official paper ballots are printed and in the possession of the election
             1239      officer at least four days before election day;
             1240          (e) ensure that the absentee ballots are printed and in the possession of the election officer
             1241      at least 15 days before election day;
             1242          (f) cause any ballot proposition that has qualified for the ballot as provided by law to be
             1243      printed on each official paper ballot and absentee ballot;
             1244          (g) allow candidates and their agents and the sponsors of ballot propositions that have
             1245      qualified for the official ballot to inspect the official paper ballots and absentee ballots;
             1246          (h) cause sample ballots to be printed that are in the same form as official paper ballots and
             1247      that contain the same information as official paper ballots but that are printed on different colored
             1248      paper than official paper ballots;
             1249          (i) ensure that the sample ballots are printed and in the possession of the election officer
             1250      at least seven days before election day;
             1251          (j) make the sample ballots available for public inspection by:
             1252          (i) posting a copy of the sample ballot in his office at least seven days before the election;
             1253          (ii) mailing a copy of the sample ballot to:
             1254          (A) each candidate listed on the ballot; and
             1255          (B) the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission; and
             1256          (iii) publishing a copy of the sample ballot immediately before the election in at least one
             1257      newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction holding the election;
             1258          (k) deliver at least five copies of the sample ballot to election judges in each voting
             1259      precinct and direct them to post the sample ballots at each voting precinct as required by Section
             1260      20A-5-102 ; and
             1261          (l) print and deliver, at the expense of the jurisdiction conducting the election, enough
             1262      official paper ballots, absentee ballots, sample ballots, and instruction cards to meet the voting
             1263      demands of the qualified voters in each voting precinct.
             1264          (2) In jurisdictions using ballot cards, each election officer shall:
             1265          (a) provide official ballot cards, absentee ballot cards, and printed official ballot labels for
             1266      every election of public officers in which the voters, or any of the voters, within the election
             1267      officer's jurisdiction participate;


             1268          (b) cause the name of every candidate who filed with the election officer in the manner
             1269      provided by law or whose nomination has been certified to the election officer to be printed on
             1270      each official ballot label;
             1271          (c) cause each ballot proposition that has qualified for the ballot as provided by law to be
             1272      printed on each official ballot label;
             1273          (d) ensure that the official ballot labels are printed and in the possession of the election
             1274      officer at least four days before election day;
             1275          (e) ensure that the absentee ballots are printed and in the possession of the election officer
             1276      at least 15 days before election day;
             1277          (f) cause any ballot proposition that has qualified for the ballot as provided by law to be
             1278      printed on each official ballot label and absentee ballot;
             1279          (g) allow candidates and their agents and the sponsors of ballot propositions that have
             1280      qualified for the official sample ballot to inspect the official sample ballot;
             1281          (h) cause sample ballots to be printed that contain the same information as official ballot
             1282      labels but that are distinguishable from official ballot labels;
             1283          (i) ensure that the sample ballots are printed and in the possession of the election officer
             1284      at least seven days before election day;
             1285          (j) make the sample ballots available for public inspection by:
             1286          (i) posting a copy of the sample ballot in his office at least seven days before the election;
             1287          (ii) mailing a copy of the sample ballot to:
             1288          (A) each candidate listed on the ballot; and
             1289          (B) the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission; and
             1290          (iii) publishing a copy of the sample ballot immediately before the election in at least one
             1291      newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction holding the election;
             1292          (k) deliver at least five copies of the sample ballot to election judges in each voting
             1293      precinct and direct them to post the sample ballots at each voting precinct as required by Section
             1294      20A-5-102 ; and
             1295          (l) print and deliver official ballot cards, official ballot labels, sample ballots, and
             1296      instruction cards at the expense of the jurisdiction conducting the election.
             1297          (3) (a) Each election officer shall, without delay, correct any error discovered in any
             1298      official paper ballot, ballot label, or sample ballot, if the correction can be made without interfering


             1299      with the timely distribution of paper ballots and ballot labels.
             1300          (b) If the election officer discovers errors or omissions in the paper ballots or ballot labels
             1301      and it is not possible to correct the errors or omissions by reprinting the paper ballots or ballot
             1302      labels, the election officer shall direct the election judges to make the necessary corrections on the
             1303      official paper ballots or ballot labels before they are distributed at the polls.
             1304          (c) (i) If the election officer refuses or fails to correct an error or omission in the paper
             1305      ballots or ballot labels, a candidate or his agent may file a verified petition with the district court
             1306      asserting that:
             1307          (A) an error or omission has occurred in the publication of the name or description of a
             1308      candidate or in the printing of sample or official paper ballots or ballot labels; and
             1309          (B) the election officer has failed to correct or provide for the correction of the error or
             1310      omission.
             1311          (ii) The district court shall issue an order requiring correction of any error in a paper ballot
             1312      or ballot label, or an order to show cause why the error should not be corrected if it appears to the
             1313      court that the error or omission has occurred and the election officer has failed to correct it or
             1314      failed to provide for its correction.
             1315          (iii) A party aggrieved by the district court's decision may appeal the matter to the Utah
             1316      Supreme Court within five days after the decision of the district court.
             1317          Section 34. Section 20A-5-409 is amended to read:
             1318           20A-5-409. Certification of candidates to county clerks.
             1319          By September 1 of each regular general election year, the [lieutenant governor] State
             1320      Elections Commission shall certify to each county clerk the name of each candidate qualified to
             1321      be printed on the regular general election ballot for that county clerk's county.
             1322          Section 35. Section 20A-6-203 is amended to read:
             1323           20A-6-203. Ballots for regular primary elections.
             1324          (1) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission, together with county clerks,
             1325      suppliers of election materials, and representatives of registered political parties, shall:
             1326          (a) develop paper ballots, ballot labels, and ballot cards to be used in Utah's regular
             1327      primary election;
             1328          (b) ensure that the paper ballots, ballot labels, and ballot cards comply generally, where
             1329      applicable, with the requirements of Title 20A, Chapter 6, Part 1, General Requirements for All


             1330      Ballots, and this section; and
             1331          (c) provide voting booths, election records and supplies, and ballot boxes for each voting
             1332      precinct as required by Section 20A-5-403 .
             1333          (2) (a) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsections (1)(b) and (c), Title 20A, Chapter
             1334      6, Part 1, General Requirements for All Ballots, and Sections 20A-5-403 , 20A-6-401 , and
             1335      20A-6-401.1 , the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission, together with county clerks,
             1336      suppliers of election materials, and representatives of registered political parties shall ensure that
             1337      the paper ballots, ballot labels, ballot cards, and voting booths, election records and supplies, and
             1338      ballot boxes:
             1339          (i) facilitate the distribution, voting, and tallying of ballots in a primary where not all
             1340      voters are authorized to vote for a party's candidate;
             1341          (ii) simplify the task of election judges, particularly in determining a voter's party
             1342      affiliation;
             1343          (iii) minimize the possibility of spoiled ballots due to voter confusion; and
             1344          (iv) protect against fraud.
             1345          (b) To accomplish the requirements of this Subsection (2), the [lieutenant governor] State
             1346      Elections Commission, county clerks, suppliers of election materials, and representatives of
             1347      registered political parties shall:
             1348          (i) mark, prepunch, or otherwise identify ballot cards as being for a particular registered
             1349      political party; and
             1350          (ii) instruct persons counting the ballots to count only those votes for candidates from the
             1351      registered political party whose ballot the voter received.
             1352          Section 36. Section 20A-6-301 is amended to read:
             1353           20A-6-301. Paper ballots -- Regular general election.
             1354          (1) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             1355          (a) all ballots furnished for use at the regular general election contain no captions or other
             1356      endorsements except as provided in this section;
             1357          (b) (i) the ballot contains a ballot stub at least one inch wide, placed across the top of the
             1358      ballot, and divided from the rest of ballot by a perforated line;
             1359          (ii) the ballot number and the words "Judge's Initial ______" are printed on the stub; and
             1360          (iii) ballot stubs are numbered consecutively;


             1361          (c) immediately below the perforated ballot stub, the following endorsements are printed
             1362      in 18-point bold type:
             1363          (i) "Official Ballot for _______ County, Utah";
             1364          (ii) the date of the election; and
             1365          (iii) a facsimile of the signature of the county clerk and the words "county clerk";
             1366          (d) each ticket is placed in a separate column on the ballot in the order determined by the
             1367      election officer with the party emblem, followed by the party name, at the head of the column;
             1368          (e) the party name or title is printed in capital letters not less than 1/4 of an inch high;
             1369          (f) a circle 1/2 inch in diameter is printed immediately below the party name or title, and
             1370      the top of the circle is placed not less than two inches below the perforated line;
             1371          (g) unaffiliated candidates and candidates not affiliated with a registered political party are
             1372      listed in one column, without a party circle, with the following instructions printed at the head of
             1373      the column: "All candidates not affiliated with a political party are listed below. They are to be
             1374      considered with all offices and candidates listed to the left. Only one vote is allowed for each
             1375      office.";
             1376          (h) the columns containing the lists of candidates, including the party name and device,
             1377      are separated by heavy parallel lines;
             1378          (i) the offices to be filled are plainly printed immediately above the names of the
             1379      candidates for those offices;
             1380          (j) the names of candidates are printed in capital letters, not less than 1/8 nor more than
             1381      1/4 of an inch high in heavy-faced type not smaller than ten-point, between lines or rules 3/8 of
             1382      an inch apart;
             1383          (k) a square with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in length is printed at the
             1384      right of the name of each candidate;
             1385          (l) for the offices of president and vice president and governor and lieutenant governor,
             1386      one square with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in length is printed opposite a double
             1387      bracket enclosing the right side of the names of the two candidates;
             1388          (m) immediately to the right of the unaffiliated ticket on the ballot, the ballot contains a
             1389      write-in column long enough to contain as many written names of candidates as there are persons
             1390      to be elected with:
             1391          (i) the offices to be filled printed above the blank spaces on the ticket; and


             1392          (ii) the words "Write-In Voting Column" printed at the head of the column without a 1/2
             1393      inch circle;
             1394          (n) when required, the ballot includes a nonpartisan ticket placed immediately to the right
             1395      of the write-in ticket with the word "NONPARTISAN" in reverse type in an 18-point solid rule
             1396      running vertically the full length of the nonpartisan ballot copy; and
             1397          (o) constitutional amendments or other questions submitted to the vote of the people, are
             1398      printed on the ballot after the list of candidates.
             1399          (2) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             1400          (a) each person nominated by any political party or group of petitioners is placed on the
             1401      ballot:
             1402          (i) under the party name and emblem, if any; or
             1403          (ii) under the title of the party or group as designated by them in their certificates of
             1404      nomination or petition, or, if none is designated, then under some suitable title;
             1405          (b) the names of all unaffiliated candidates that qualify as required in Title 20A, Chapter
             1406      9, Part 5, Candidates not Affiliated with a Party, are placed on the ballot;
             1407          (c) the names of the candidates for president and vice president are used on the ballot
             1408      instead of the names of the presidential electors; and
             1409          (d) the ballots contain no other names.
             1410          (3) When the ballot contains a nonpartisan section, the election officer shall ensure that:
             1411          (a) the designation of the office to be filled in the election and the number of candidates
             1412      to be elected are printed in type not smaller than eight-point;
             1413          (b) the words designating the office are printed flush with the left-hand margin;
             1414          (c) the words, "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more" extend to the extreme right of the
             1415      column;
             1416          (d) the nonpartisan candidates are grouped according to the office for which they are
             1417      candidates;
             1418          (e) the names in each group are placed in alphabetical order with the surnames last, except
             1419      for candidates for the State Board of Education and local school boards;
             1420          (f) the names of candidates for the State Board of Education are placed on the ballot as
             1421      certified by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission under Section 20A-14-105 ;
             1422          (g) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were selected in a primary


             1423      election, the name of the candidate who received the most votes in the primary election is listed
             1424      first on the ballot;
             1425          (h) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were not selected in the
             1426      primary election, the names of the candidates are listed on the ballot in the order determined by
             1427      a lottery conducted by the county clerk; and
             1428          (i) each group is preceded by the designation of the office for which the candidates seek
             1429      election, and the words, "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more," according to the number to be
             1430      elected.
             1431          Section 37. Section 20A-6-302 is amended to read:
             1432           20A-6-302. Placement of candidates' names on paper ballots.
             1433          (1) Each election officer shall ensure, for paper ballots in regular general elections, that:
             1434          (a) except for candidates for state school board and local school boards:
             1435          (i) each candidate is listed by party; and
             1436          (ii) candidates' surnames are listed in alphabetical order on the ballots when two or more
             1437      candidates' names are required to be listed on a ticket under the title of an office;
             1438          (b) the names of candidates for the State Board of Education are placed on the ballot as
             1439      certified by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission under Section 20A-14-105 ;
             1440          (c) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were selected in a regular
             1441      primary election, the name of the candidate who received the most votes in the regular primary
             1442      election is listed first on the ballot; and
             1443          (d) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were not selected in the
             1444      regular primary election, the names of the candidates are listed on the ballot in the order
             1445      determined by a lottery conducted by the county clerk.
             1446          (2) (a) The election officer may not allow the name of a candidate who dies or withdraws
             1447      before election day to be printed upon the ballots.
             1448          (b) If the ballots have already been printed, the election officer:
             1449          (i) shall, if possible, cancel the name of the dead or withdrawn candidate by drawing a line
             1450      through the candidate's name before the ballots are delivered to voters; and
             1451          (ii) may not count any votes for that dead or withdrawn candidate.
             1452          (3) (a) When there is only one candidate for county attorney at the regular general election
             1453      in counties that have three or fewer registered voters of the county who are licensed active


             1454      members in good standing of the Utah State Bar, the county clerk shall cause that candidate's name
             1455      and party affiliation, if any, to be placed on a separate section of the ballot with the following
             1456      question: "Shall (name of candidate) be elected to the office of county attorney? Yes ____ No
             1457      ____."
             1458          (b) If the number of "Yes" votes exceeds the number of "No" votes, the candidate is
             1459      elected to the office of county attorney.
             1460          (c) If the number of "No" votes exceeds the number of "Yes" votes, the candidate is not
             1461      elected and may not take office, nor may he continue in the office past the end of the term resulting
             1462      from any prior election or appointment.
             1463          (d) When the name of only one candidate for county attorney is printed on the ballot under
             1464      authority of Subsection (3), the county clerk may not count any write-in votes received for the
             1465      office of county attorney.
             1466          (e) If no qualified person files for the office of county attorney or if the candidate is not
             1467      elected by the voters, the county legislative body shall appoint the county attorney as provided in
             1468      Section 20A-1-509.2 .
             1469          (4) (a) When there is only one candidate for district attorney at the regular general election
             1470      in a prosecution district that has three or fewer registered voters of the district who are licensed
             1471      active members in good standing of the Utah State Bar, the county clerk shall cause that
             1472      candidate's name and party affiliation, if any, to be placed on a separate section of the ballot with
             1473      the following question: "Shall (name of candidate) be elected to the office of district attorney? Yes
             1474      ____ No ____."
             1475          (b) If the number of "Yes" votes exceeds the number of "No" votes, the candidate is
             1476      elected to the office of district attorney.
             1477          (c) If the number of "No" votes exceeds the number of "Yes" votes, the candidate is not
             1478      elected and may not take office, nor may he continue in the office past the end of the term resulting
             1479      from any prior election or appointment.
             1480          (d) When the name of only one candidate for district attorney is printed on the ballot under
             1481      authority of Subsection (4), the county clerk may not count any write-in votes received for the
             1482      office of district attorney.
             1483          (e) If no qualified person files for the office of district attorney, or if the only candidate is
             1484      not elected by the voters under this subsection, the county legislative body shall appoint a new


             1485      district attorney for a four-year term as provided in Section 20A-1-509.2 .
             1486          Section 38. Section 20A-7-103 is amended to read:
             1487           20A-7-103. Constitutional amendments and other questions -- Procedures for
             1488      submission to popular vote.
             1489          (1) The procedures contained in this section govern when:
             1490          (a) the Legislature submits a proposed constitutional amendment or other question to the
             1491      voters; and
             1492          (b) an act of the Legislature is referred to the voters by referendum petition.
             1493          (2) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall, not later than 60 days
             1494      before the regular general election, publish the full text of the amendment, question, or statute in
             1495      at least one newspaper in every county of the state where a newspaper is published.
             1496          (3) The legislative general counsel shall:
             1497          (a) designate the amendment or question by number and order of presentation on the
             1498      ballot;
             1499          (b) draft and designate a ballot title that summarizes the subject matter of the amendment
             1500      or question; and
             1501          (c) deliver them to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1502          (4) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall certify the number and
             1503      ballot title of each amendment or question to the county clerk of each county no later than the
             1504      second Friday after the primary election.
             1505          (5) The county clerk of each county shall:
             1506          (a) ensure that both the number and title of the amendment, question, or referendum is
             1507      printed on the sample ballots and official ballots; and
             1508          (b) publish them as provided by law.
             1509          Section 39. Section 20A-7-201 is amended to read:
             1510           20A-7-201. Statewide initiatives -- Signature requirements -- Submission to the
             1511      Legislature or to a vote of the people.
             1512          (1) (a) A person seeking to have an initiative submitted to the Legislature for approval or
             1513      rejection shall obtain:
             1514          (i) legal signatures equal to 5% of the cumulative total of all votes cast for all candidates
             1515      for governor at the last regular general election at which a governor was elected; and


             1516          (ii) from each of at least 20 counties, legal signatures equal to 5% of the total of all votes
             1517      cast in that county for all candidates for governor at the last regular general election at which a
             1518      governor was elected.
             1519          (b) If, at any time not less than ten days before the beginning of an annual general session
             1520      of the Legislature, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission declares sufficient any
             1521      initiative petition that is signed by enough voters to meet the requirements of this Subsection (1),
             1522      the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall deliver a copy of the petition and the
             1523      cover sheet required by Subsection (1)(c) to the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House,
             1524      and the director of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.
             1525          (c) In delivering a copy of the petition, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             1526      Commission shall include a cover sheet that contains:
             1527          (i) the cumulative total of all votes cast for all candidates for governor at the last regular
             1528      general election at which a governor was elected;
             1529          (ii) the total of all votes cast in each county for all candidates for governor at the last
             1530      regular general election at which a governor was elected;
             1531          (iii) the total number of certified signatures received for the submitted initiative; and
             1532          (iv) the total number of certified signatures received from each county for the submitted
             1533      initiative.
             1534          (2) (a) A person seeking to have an initiative submitted to a vote of the people for approval
             1535      or rejection shall obtain:
             1536          (i) legal signatures equal to 10% of the cumulative total of all votes cast for all candidates
             1537      for governor at the last regular general election at which a governor was elected; and
             1538          (ii) from each of at least 20 counties, legal signatures equal to 10% of the total of all votes
             1539      cast in that county for all candidates for governor at the last regular general election at which a
             1540      governor was elected.
             1541          (b) If, at any time not less than four months before any regular general election, the
             1542      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission declares sufficient any initiative petition that
             1543      is signed by enough legal voters to meet the requirements of this Subsection (2)(b), the [lieutenant
             1544      governor] State Elections Commission shall submit the proposed law to a vote of the people at the
             1545      next regular general election.
             1546          (3) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall provide the following


             1547      information from the official canvass of the last regular general election at which a governor was
             1548      elected to any interested person:
             1549          (a) the cumulative total of all votes cast for all candidates for governor; and
             1550          (b) for each county, the total of all votes cast in that county for all candidates for governor.
             1551          Section 40. Section 20A-7-202 is amended to read:
             1552           20A-7-202. Statewide initiative process -- Application procedures -- Time to gather
             1553      signatures -- Grounds for rejection.
             1554          (1) Persons wishing to circulate an initiative petition shall file an application with the
             1555      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1556          (2) The application shall contain:
             1557          (a) the name and residence address of at least five sponsors of the initiative petition;
             1558          (b) a statement indicating that each of the sponsors:
             1559          (i) is a resident of Utah; and
             1560          (ii) has voted in a regular general election in Utah within the last three years;
             1561          (c) the signature of each of the sponsors, attested to by a notary public; and
             1562          (d) a copy of the proposed law.
             1563          (3) The application and its contents are public when filed with the [lieutenant governor]
             1564      State Elections Commission.
             1565          (4) (a) The sponsors shall qualify the petition for the regular general election ballot no later
             1566      than the second regular general election after the application is filed.
             1567          (b) If the sponsors fail to qualify the petition for that ballot, the sponsors must:
             1568          (i) submit a new application;
             1569          (ii) obtain new signature sheets; and
             1570          (iii) collect signatures again.
             1571          (5) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall reject the application and
             1572      not issue circulation sheets if:
             1573          (a) the law proposed by the initiative is patently unconstitutional;
             1574          (b) the law proposed by the initiative is nonsensical; or
             1575          (c) the proposed law could not become law if passed.
             1576          Section 41. Section 20A-7-203 is amended to read:
             1577           20A-7-203. Form of initiative petition and signature sheets.


             1578          (1) (a) Each proposed initiative petition shall be printed in substantially the following
             1579      form:
             1580          "INITIATIVE PETITION To the [Honorable ____, Lieutenant Governor] State Elections
             1581      Commission:
             1582          We, the undersigned citizens of Utah, respectfully demand that the following proposed law
             1583      be submitted to the legal voters/Legislature of Utah for their/its approval or rejection at the regular
             1584      general election/session to be held/ beginning on _________(month\day\year);
             1585          Each signer says:
             1586          I have personally signed this petition;
             1587          I am registered to vote in Utah or intend to become registered to vote in Utah before the
             1588      certification of the petition names by the county clerk; and
             1589          My residence and post office address are written correctly after my name."
             1590          (b) The sponsors of an initiative shall attach a copy of the proposed law to each initiative
             1591      petition.
             1592          (2) Each signature sheet shall:
             1593          (a) be printed on sheets of paper 8-1/2 inches long and 11 inches wide;
             1594          (b) be ruled with a horizontal line 3/4 inch from the top, with the space above that line
             1595      blank for the purpose of binding;
             1596          (c) contain the title of the initiative printed below the horizontal line;
             1597          (d) contain the word "Warning" printed or typed at the top of each signature sheet under
             1598      the title of the initiative;
             1599          (e) contain, to the right of the word "Warning," the following statement printed or typed
             1600      in not less than eight-point, single leaded type:
             1601          "It is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to sign any initiative petition with any other name
             1602      than his own, or knowingly to sign his name more than once for the same measure, or to sign an
             1603      initiative petition when he knows he is not a registered voter and knows that he does not intend
             1604      to become registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the county clerk.";
             1605          (f) contain horizontally ruled lines, 3/8 inch apart under the "Warning" statement required
             1606      by this section; and
             1607          (g) be vertically divided into columns as follows:
             1608          (i) the first column shall appear at the extreme left of the sheet, be 5/8 inch wide, be


             1609      headed with "For Office Use Only," and be subdivided with a light vertical line down the middle
             1610      with the left subdivision entitled "Registered" and the right subdivision left untitled;
             1611          (ii) the next column shall be three inches wide, headed "Registered Voter's Printed Name
             1612      (must be legible to be counted)";
             1613          (iii) the next column shall be three inches wide, headed "Signature of Registered Voter";
             1614      and
             1615          (iv) the final column shall be 4-3/8 inches wide, headed "Street Address, City, Zip Code".
             1616          (3) The final page of each initiative packet shall contain the following printed or typed
             1617      statement:
             1618          "Verification
             1619          State of Utah, County of ____
             1620          I, _______________, of ____, hereby state that:
             1621          I am a resident of Utah and am at least 18 years old;
             1622          All the names that appear in this packet were signed by persons who professed to be the
             1623      persons whose names appear in it, and each of them signed his name on it in my presence;
             1624          I believe that each has printed and signed his name and written his post office address and
             1625      residence correctly, and that each signer is registered to vote in Utah or intends to become
             1626      registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the county clerk.
             1627          ________________________________________________________________________
             1628          (Name) (Residence Address) (Date)"
             1629          (4) The forms prescribed in this section are not mandatory, and, if substantially followed,
             1630      the initiative petitions are sufficient, notwithstanding clerical and merely technical errors.
             1631          Section 42. Section 20A-7-204 is amended to read:
             1632           20A-7-204. Circulation requirements -- State Elections Commission to provide
             1633      sponsors with materials.
             1634          (1) In order to obtain the necessary number of signatures required by this part, the sponsors
             1635      shall circulate initiative packets that meet the form requirements of this part.
             1636          (2) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall furnish to the sponsors:
             1637          (a) a copy of the initiative petition; and
             1638          (b) one signature sheet.
             1639          (3) The sponsors of the petition shall:


             1640          (a) arrange and pay for the printing of all additional copies of the petition and signature
             1641      sheets; and
             1642          (b) ensure that the copies of the petition and signature sheets meet the form requirements
             1643      of this section.
             1644          (4) (a) The sponsors may prepare the initiative for circulation by creating multiple
             1645      initiative packets.
             1646          (b) The sponsors shall create those packets by binding a copy of the initiative petition, a
             1647      copy of the proposed law, and no more than 50 signature sheets together at the top in such a way
             1648      that the packets may be conveniently opened for signing.
             1649          (c) The sponsors need not attach a uniform number of signature sheets to each initiative
             1650      packet.
             1651          (5) (a) After the sponsors have prepared sufficient initiative packets, they shall return them
             1652      to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1653          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             1654          (i) number each of the initiative packets and return them to the sponsors within five
             1655      working days; and
             1656          (ii) keep a record of the numbers assigned to each packet.
             1657          Section 43. Section 20A-7-205 is amended to read:
             1658           20A-7-205. Obtaining signatures -- Verification -- Removal of signature.
             1659          (1) Any Utah voter may sign an initiative petition if the voter is a legal voter.
             1660          (2) The sponsors shall ensure that the person in whose presence each signature sheet was
             1661      signed:
             1662          (a) is at least 18 years old and meets the residency requirements of Section 20A-2-105 ; and
             1663          (b) verifies each signature sheet by completing the verification printed on the last page of
             1664      each initiative packet.
             1665          (3) (a) (i) Any voter who has signed an initiative petition may have his signature removed
             1666      from the petition by submitting a notarized statement to that effect to the county clerk.
             1667          (ii) In order for the signature to be removed, the statement must be received by the county
             1668      clerk before he delivers the petition to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1669          (b) Upon receipt of the statement, the county clerk shall remove the signature of the person
             1670      submitting the statement from the initiative petition.


             1671          (c) No one may remove signatures from an initiative petition after the petition is submitted
             1672      to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1673          Section 44. Section 20A-7-205.5 is amended to read:
             1674           20A-7-205.5. Monthly reports.
             1675          (1) When petitions are being circulated by paid circulators, the sponsors of the initiative
             1676      shall file a report with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission on the last Tuesday
             1677      in April and on the Tuesday before the regular general election.
             1678          (2) The report shall contain:
             1679          (a) the names of the sponsors; and
             1680          (b) the name of the proposed measure for which petitions are being circulated by paid
             1681      circulators.
             1682          Section 45. Section 20A-7-206 is amended to read:
             1683           20A-7-206. Submitting the initiative petition -- Certification of signatures by the
             1684      county clerks -- Transfer to State Elections Commission.
             1685          (1) In order to qualify an initiative petition for placement on the regular general election
             1686      ballot, the sponsors shall deliver each signed and verified initiative packet to the county clerk of
             1687      the county in which the packet was circulated by the June 1 before the regular general election.
             1688          (2) No later than June 15 before the regular general election, the county clerk shall:
             1689          (a) check the names of all persons completing the verification for the initiative packet to
             1690      determine whether or not those persons are residents of Utah and are at least 18 years old; and
             1691          (b) submit the name of each of those persons who is not a Utah resident or who is not at
             1692      least 18 years old to the attorney general and county attorney.
             1693          (3) No later than July 1 before the regular general election, the county clerk shall:
             1694          (a) check all the names of the signers against the official registers to determine whether
             1695      or not the signer is a registered voter;
             1696          (b) certify on the petition whether or not each name is that of a registered voter; and
             1697          (c) deliver all of the packets to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1698          (4) In order to qualify an initiative petition for submission to the Legislature, the sponsors
             1699      shall deliver each signed and verified initiative packet to the county clerk of the county in which
             1700      the packet was circulated by the November 15 before the annual general session of the Legislature.
             1701          (5) No later than December 1 before the annual general session of the Legislature, the


             1702      county clerk shall:
             1703          (a) check the names of all persons completing the verification for the initiative packet to
             1704      determine whether or not those persons are Utah residents and are at least 18 years old; and
             1705          (b) submit the name of each of those persons who is not a Utah resident or who is not at
             1706      least 18 years old to the attorney general and county attorney.
             1707          (6) No later than December 15 before the annual general session of the Legislature, the
             1708      county clerk shall:
             1709          (a) check all the names of the signers against the official registers to determine whether
             1710      or not the signer is a registered voter;
             1711          (b) certify on the petition whether or not each name is that of a registered voter; and
             1712          (c) deliver all of the packets to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1713          (7) Initiative packets are public once they are delivered to the county clerks.
             1714          (8) The sponsor or their representatives may not retrieve initiative packets from the county
             1715      clerks once they have submitted them.
             1716          Section 46. Section 20A-7-206.5 is amended to read:
             1717           20A-7-206.5. Financial disclosure -- Paid circulators.
             1718          (1) When the proponents of a proposed initiative have paid persons to circulate the
             1719      petition, the proponents shall, at the time the last initiative packet is filed with the county clerk,
             1720      file a form with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission detailing the amount of
             1721      money paid per signature.
             1722          (2) The lieutenant governor shall develop a form to disclose the information required by
             1723      this section.
             1724          Section 47. Section 20A-7-207 is amended to read:
             1725           20A-7-207. Evaluation by the State Elections Commission.
             1726          (1) When each initiative packet is received from a county clerk, the [lieutenant governor]
             1727      State Elections Commission shall check off from [his] its record the number of each initiative
             1728      packet filed.
             1729          (2) (a) After all of the initiative packets have been received by the [lieutenant governor]
             1730      State Elections Commission, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             1731          (i) count the number of the names certified by the county clerks that appear on each
             1732      verified signature sheet; and


             1733          (ii) declare the petition to be sufficient or insufficient by July 6 before the regular general
             1734      election.
             1735          (b) If the total number of certified names from each verified signature sheet equals or
             1736      exceeds the number of names required by Section 20A-7-201 , the [lieutenant governor] State
             1737      Elections Commission shall mark upon the front of the petition the word "sufficient."
             1738          (c) If the total number of certified names from each verified signature sheet does not equal
             1739      or exceed the number of names required by Section 20A-7-201 , the [lieutenant governor] State
             1740      Elections Commission shall mark upon the front of the petition the word "insufficient."
             1741          (d) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall immediately notify any
             1742      one of the sponsors of [his] its finding.
             1743          (3) (a) Once a petition is declared insufficient, the sponsors may not submit additional
             1744      signatures to qualify the petition for the pending regular general election.
             1745          (b) The petition sponsors may submit additional signatures to qualify the petition for the
             1746      regular general election following the pending regular general election if:
             1747          (i) the petition is declared insufficient; and
             1748          (ii) the pending general election is the first regular general election after the application
             1749      was filed.
             1750          (4) (a) If the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission refuses to accept and file
             1751      any initiative petition that a sponsor believes is legally sufficient, any voter may, by July 20, apply
             1752      to the supreme court for an extraordinary writ to compel the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             1753      Commission to do so.
             1754          (b) The supreme court shall:
             1755          (i) determine whether or not the initiative petition is legally sufficient; and
             1756          (ii) certify its findings to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission by July 30.
             1757          (c) If the supreme court certifies that the initiative petition is legally sufficient, the
             1758      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall file it, with a verified copy of the judgment
             1759      attached to it, as of the date on which it was originally offered for filing in [his] its office.
             1760          (d) If the supreme court determines that any petition filed is not legally sufficient, the
             1761      supreme court may enjoin the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and all other
             1762      officers from certifying or printing the ballot title and numbers of that measure on the official
             1763      ballot for the next election.


             1764          Section 48. Section 20A-7-208 is amended to read:
             1765           20A-7-208. Disposition of initiative petitions by the Legislature.
             1766          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), when the [lieutenant governor] State
             1767      Elections Commission delivers an initiative petition to the Legislature, the law proposed by that
             1768      initiative petition shall be either enacted or rejected without change or amendment by the
             1769      Legislature.
             1770          (b) The speaker of the House and the president of the Senate may direct legislative staff
             1771      to:
             1772          (i) make technical corrections authorized by Section 36-12-12 ; and
             1773          (ii) prepare a legislative review note and a legislative fiscal note on the law proposed by
             1774      the initiative petition.
             1775          (c) If any law proposed by an initiative petition is enacted by the Legislature, it is subject
             1776      to referendum the same as other laws.
             1777          (2) If any law proposed by a petition is not enacted by the Legislature, that proposed law
             1778      shall be submitted to a vote of the people at the next regular general election if:
             1779          (a) sufficient additional signatures to the petition are first obtained to bring the total
             1780      number of signatures up to the number required by Subsection 20A-7-201 (2); and
             1781          (b) those additional signatures are verified, certified by the county clerks, and declared
             1782      sufficient by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission as provided in this part.
             1783          Section 49. Section 20A-7-209 is amended to read:
             1784           20A-7-209. Ballot title -- Duties of State Elections Commission and Office of
             1785      Legislative Research and General Counsel.
             1786          (1) By July 6 before the regular general election, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             1787      Commission shall deliver a copy of all of the proposed laws that have qualified for the ballot to
             1788      the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.
             1789          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             1790          (i) prepare a ballot title for each initiative; and
             1791          (ii) return each petition and ballot title to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             1792      Commission by July 20.
             1793          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the
             1794      initiative petition, and shall express, in not more than 100 words, the purpose of the measure.


             1795          (c) The ballot title and the number of the measure as determined by the Office of
             1796      Legislative Research and General Counsel shall be printed on the official ballot.
             1797          (d) In preparing ballot titles, the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall,
             1798      to the best of its ability, give a true and impartial statement of the purpose of the measure.
             1799          (e) The ballot title may not intentionally be an argument, or likely to create prejudice, for
             1800      or against the measure.
             1801          (3) By July 21, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall mail a copy of
             1802      the ballot title to any sponsor of the petition.
             1803          (4) (a) If the ballot title furnished by the Office of Legislative Research and General
             1804      Counsel is unsatisfactory or does not comply with the requirements of this section, at least three
             1805      of the sponsors of the petition may, by July 30, appeal the wording of the ballot title prepared by
             1806      the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to the Supreme Court.
             1807          (b) The Supreme Court shall:
             1808          (i) examine the ballot title;
             1809          (ii) hear arguments; and
             1810          (iii) by August 10, certify to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission a ballot
             1811      title for the measure that fulfills the intent of this section.
             1812          (c) By September 1, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall certify the
             1813      title verified [to him] by the supreme court to the county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             1814          Section 50. Section 20A-7-210 is amended to read:
             1815           20A-7-210. Form of ballot -- Manner of voting.
             1816          (1) The county clerks shall ensure that the number and ballot title verified to them by the
             1817      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission are printed upon the official ballot with,
             1818      immediately to the right of them, the words "For" and "Against," each word followed by a square
             1819      in which the elector may indicate his vote.
             1820          (2) Electors desiring to vote in favor of enacting the law proposed by the initiative petition
             1821      shall mark the square following the word "For," and those desiring to vote against enacting the law
             1822      proposed by the initiative petition shall mark the square following the word "Against."
             1823          Section 51. Section 20A-7-211 is amended to read:
             1824           20A-7-211. Return and canvass -- Conflicting measures -- Law effective on
             1825      proclamation.


             1826          (1) The votes on the law proposed by the initiative petition shall be counted, canvassed,
             1827      and delivered as provided in Title 20A, Chapter 4, Part 3, Canvassing Returns.
             1828          (2) After the state board of canvassers completes its canvass, the [lieutenant governor]
             1829      State Elections Commission shall certify to the governor the vote for and against the law proposed
             1830      by the initiative petition.
             1831          (3) (a) The governor shall immediately issue a proclamation that:
             1832          (i) gives the total number of votes cast in the state for and against each law proposed by
             1833      an initiative petition; and
             1834          (ii) declares those laws proposed by an initiative petition that were approved by majority
             1835      vote to be in full force and effect as the law of [the state of] Utah.
             1836          (b) When the governor believes that two proposed laws, or that parts of two proposed laws
             1837      approved by the people at the same election are entirely in conflict, he shall proclaim that measure
             1838      to be law that has received the greatest number of affirmative votes, regardless of the difference
             1839      in the majorities which those measures have received.
             1840          (c) (i) Within ten days after the governor's proclamation, any qualified voter who signed
             1841      the initiative petition proposing the law that is declared by the governor to be superseded by
             1842      another measure approved at the same election may apply to the Supreme Court to review the
             1843      governor's decision.
             1844          (ii) The court shall:
             1845          (A) immediately consider the matter and decide whether or not the proposed laws are in
             1846      conflict; and
             1847          (B) within ten days after the matter is submitted to it for decision, certify its decision to
             1848      the governor.
             1849          (4) Within 30 days after his previous proclamation, the governor shall:
             1850          (a) proclaim all those measures approved by the people as law that the Supreme Court has
             1851      determined are not in conflict; and
             1852          (b) of all those measures approved by the people as law that the Supreme Court has
             1853      determined to be in conflict, proclaim as law the one that received the greatest number of
             1854      affirmative votes, regardless of difference in majorities.
             1855          Section 52. Section 20A-7-301 is amended to read:
             1856           20A-7-301. Referendum -- Signature requirements -- Submission to voters.


             1857          (1) (a) A person seeking to have a law passed by the Legislature submitted to a vote of the
             1858      people shall obtain:
             1859          (i) legal signatures equal to 10% of the cumulative total of all votes cast for all candidates
             1860      for governor at the last regular general election at which a governor was elected; and
             1861          (ii) from each of at least 15 counties, legal signatures equal to 10% of the total of all votes
             1862      cast in that county for all candidates for governor at the last regular general election at which a
             1863      governor was elected.
             1864          (b) When the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission declares a referendum
             1865      petition sufficient under this part, the governor shall issue an executive order that:
             1866          (i) directs that the referendum be submitted to the voters at the next regular general
             1867      election; or
             1868          (ii) calls a special election according to the requirements of Section 20A-1-203 and directs
             1869      that the referendum be submitted to the voters at that special election.
             1870          (2) When a referendum petition has been declared sufficient, the law that is the subject of
             1871      the petition does not take effect unless and until it is approved by a vote of the people at a regular
             1872      general election or a statewide special election.
             1873          (3) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall provide to any interested
             1874      person from the official canvass of the last regular general election at which a governor was
             1875      elected:
             1876          (a) the cumulative total of all votes cast for all candidates for governor; and
             1877          (b) for each county, the total of all votes cast in that county for all candidates for governor.
             1878          Section 53. Section 20A-7-302 is amended to read:
             1879           20A-7-302. Referendum process -- Application procedures.
             1880          (1) Persons wishing to circulate a referendum petition shall file an application with the
             1881      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission within five calendar days after the end of the
             1882      legislative session at which the law passed.
             1883          (2) The application shall contain:
             1884          (a) the name and residence address of at least five sponsors of the referendum petition;
             1885          (b) a certification indicating that each of the sponsors:
             1886          (i) is a voter; and
             1887          (ii) has voted in a regular general election in Utah within the last three years;


             1888          (c) the signature of each of the sponsors, attested to by a notary public; and
             1889          (d) a copy of the law.
             1890          Section 54. Section 20A-7-303 is amended to read:
             1891           20A-7-303. Form of referendum petition and signature sheets.
             1892          (1) (a) Each proposed referendum petition shall be printed in substantially the following
             1893      form:
             1894          "REFERENDUM PETITION To the [Honorable ____, Lieutenant Governor] State
             1895      Elections Commission:
             1896          We, the undersigned citizens of Utah, respectfully order that Senate (or House) Bill No.
             1897      ____, entitled (title of act, and, if the petition is against less than the whole act, set forth here the
             1898      part or parts on which the referendum is sought), passed by the ____ Session of the Legislature of
             1899      the state of Utah, be referred to the people of Utah for their approval or rejection at a regular
             1900      general election or a statewide special election;
             1901          Each signer says:
             1902          I have personally signed this petition;
             1903          I am registered to vote in Utah or intend to become registered to vote in Utah before the
             1904      certification of the petition names by the county clerk; and
             1905          My residence and post office address are written correctly after my name."
             1906          (b) The sponsors of a referendum shall attach a copy of the law that is the subject of the
             1907      referendum to each referendum petition.
             1908          (2) Each signature sheet shall:
             1909          (a) be printed on sheets of paper 8-1/2 inches long and 11 inches wide;
             1910          (b) be ruled with a horizontal line 3/4 inch from the top, with the space above that line
             1911      blank for the purpose of binding;
             1912          (c) contain the title of the referendum printed below the horizontal line;
             1913          (d) contain the word "Warning" printed or typed at the top of each signature sheet under
             1914      the title of the referendum;
             1915          (e) contain, to the right of the word "Warning," the following statement printed or typed
             1916      in not less than eight-point, single leaded type:
             1917          "It is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to sign any referendum petition with any other
             1918      name than his own, or knowingly to sign his name more than once for the same measure, or to sign


             1919      a referendum petition when he knows he is not a registered voter and knows that he does not intend
             1920      to become registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the county clerk.";
             1921          (f) contain horizontally ruled lines, 3/8 inch apart under the "Warning" statement required
             1922      by this section; and
             1923          (g) be vertically divided into columns as follows:
             1924          (i) the first column shall appear at the extreme left of the sheet, be 5/8 inch wide, be
             1925      headed with "For Office Use Only," and be subdivided with a light vertical line down the middle;
             1926          (ii) the next column shall be three inches wide, headed "Registered Voter's Printed Name
             1927      (must be legible to be counted)";
             1928          (iii) the next column shall be three inches wide, headed "Signature of Registered Voter";
             1929      and
             1930          (iv) the final column shall be 4-3/8 inches wide, headed "Street Address, City, Zip Code".
             1931          (3) The final page of each referendum packet shall contain the following printed or typed
             1932      statement:
             1933          "Verification
             1934          State of Utah, County of ____
             1935          I, _______________, of ____, hereby state that:
             1936          I am a Utah resident and am at least 18 years old;
             1937          All the names that appear in this packet were signed by persons who professed to be the
             1938      persons whose names appear in it, and each of them signed his name on it in my presence;
             1939          I believe that each has printed and signed his name and written his post office address and
             1940      residence correctly, and that each signer is registered to vote in Utah or intends to become
             1941      registered to vote before the certification of the petition names by the county clerk.
             1942          ________________________________________________________________________
             1943          (Name) (Residence Address) (Date)"
             1944          (4) The forms prescribed in this section are not mandatory, and, if substantially followed,
             1945      the referendum petitions are sufficient, notwithstanding clerical and merely technical errors.
             1946          Section 55. Section 20A-7-304 is amended to read:
             1947           20A-7-304. Circulation requirements -- State Elections Commission to provide
             1948      sponsors with materials.
             1949          (1) In order to obtain the necessary number of signatures required by this part, the sponsors


             1950      shall circulate referendum packets that meet the form requirements of this part.
             1951          (2) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall furnish to the sponsors:
             1952          (a) a copy of the referendum petition; and
             1953          (b) a signature sheet.
             1954          (3) The sponsors of the petition shall:
             1955          (a) arrange and pay for the printing of all additional copies of the petition and signature
             1956      sheets; and
             1957          (b) ensure that the copies of the petition and signature sheets meet the form requirements
             1958      of this section.
             1959          (4) (a) The sponsors may prepare the referendum for circulation by creating multiple
             1960      referendum packets.
             1961          (b) The sponsors shall create those packets by binding a copy of the referendum petition,
             1962      a copy of the law that is the subject of the referendum, and no more than 50 signature sheets
             1963      together at the top in such a way that the packets may be conveniently opened for signing.
             1964          (c) The sponsors need not attach a uniform number of signature sheets to each referendum
             1965      packet.
             1966          (5) (a) After the sponsors have prepared sufficient referendum packets, they shall return
             1967      them to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1968          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             1969          (i) number each of the referendum packets and return them to the sponsors within five
             1970      working days; and
             1971          (ii) keep a record of the numbers assigned to each packet.
             1972          Section 56. Section 20A-7-305 is amended to read:
             1973           20A-7-305. Obtaining signatures -- Verification -- Removal of signature.
             1974          (1) Any Utah voter may sign a referendum petition if the voter is a legal voter.
             1975          (2) The sponsors shall ensure that the person in whose presence each signature sheet was
             1976      signed:
             1977          (a) is at least 18 years old and meets the residency requirements of Section 20A-2-105 ; and
             1978          (b) verifies each signature sheet by completing the verification printed on the last page of
             1979      each signature sheet.
             1980          (3) (a) (i) Any voter who has signed a referendum petition may have his signature removed


             1981      from the petition by submitting a notarized statement to that effect to the county clerk.
             1982          (ii) In order for the signature to be removed, the statement must be received by the county
             1983      clerk before he delivers the petition to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1984          (b) Upon receipt of the statement, the county clerk shall remove the signature of the person
             1985      submitting the statement from the referendum petition.
             1986          (c) No one may remove signatures from a referendum petition after the petition is
             1987      submitted to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             1988          Section 57. Section 20A-7-306 is amended to read:
             1989           20A-7-306. Submitting the referendum petition -- Certification of signatures by the
             1990      county clerks -- Transfer to State Elections Commission.
             1991          (1) No later than 40 days after the end of the legislative session at which the law passed,
             1992      the sponsors shall deliver each signed and verified referendum packet to the county clerk of the
             1993      county in which the packet was circulated.
             1994          (2) No later than 55 days after the end of the legislative session at which the law passed,
             1995      the county clerk shall:
             1996          (a) check the names of all persons completing the verification on the back of each
             1997      signature sheet to determine whether or not those persons are Utah residents and are at least 18
             1998      years old; and
             1999          (b) submit the name of each of those persons who is not a Utah resident or who is not at
             2000      least 18 years old to the attorney general and county attorney.
             2001          (3) No later than 55 days after the end of the legislative session at which the law passed,
             2002      the county clerk shall:
             2003          (a) check all the names of the signers against the official registers to determine whether
             2004      or not the signer is a voter;
             2005          (b) certify on the referendum petition whether or not each name is that of a voter; and
             2006          (c) deliver all of the referendum packets to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2007      Commission.
             2008          Section 58. Section 20A-7-307 is amended to read:
             2009           20A-7-307. Evaluation by the State Elections Commission.
             2010          (1) When each referendum packet is received from a county clerk, the [lieutenant
             2011      governor] State Elections Commission shall check off from [his] its record the number of each


             2012      referendum packet filed.
             2013          (2) (a) After all of the referendum packets have been received by the [lieutenant governor]
             2014      State Elections Commission, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             2015          (i) count the number of the names certified by the county clerks that appear on each
             2016      verified signature sheet; and
             2017          (ii) declare the petition to be sufficient or insufficient no later than 60 days after the end
             2018      of the legislative session at which the law passed.
             2019          (b) If the total number of certified names from each verified signature sheet equals or
             2020      exceeds the number of names required by Section 20A-7-301 , the [lieutenant governor] State
             2021      Elections Commission shall mark upon the front of the petition the word "sufficient."
             2022          (c) If the total number of certified names from each verified signature sheet does not equal
             2023      or exceed the number of names required by Section 20A-7-301 , the [lieutenant governor] State
             2024      Elections Commission shall mark upon the front of the petition the word "insufficient."
             2025          (d) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall immediately notify any
             2026      one of the sponsors of [his] its finding.
             2027          (3) (a) If the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission refuses to accept and file
             2028      any referendum petition, any voter may apply to the supreme court for an extraordinary writ to
             2029      compel [him] it to do so within ten days after the refusal.
             2030          (b) If the supreme court determines that the referendum petition is legally sufficient, the
             2031      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall file it, with a verified copy of the judgment
             2032      attached to it, as of the date on which it was originally offered for filing in [his] its office.
             2033          (c) If the supreme court determines that any petition filed is not legally sufficient, the
             2034      supreme court may enjoin the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and all other
             2035      officers from certifying or printing the ballot title and numbers of that measure on the official
             2036      ballot for the next election.
             2037          Section 59. Section 20A-7-308 is amended to read:
             2038           20A-7-308. Ballot title -- Duties of State Elections Commission and Office of
             2039      Legislative Research and General Counsel.
             2040          (1) Whenever a referendum petition is declared sufficient for submission to a vote of the
             2041      people, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall deliver a copy of the petition
             2042      and the proposed law to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.


             2043          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             2044          (i) prepare a ballot title for the referendum; and
             2045          (ii) return the petition and the ballot title to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2046      Commission within 15 days after its receipt.
             2047          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the law that is the subject of the
             2048      petition, and shall express, in not more than 100 words, the purpose of the measure.
             2049          (c) The ballot title and the number of the measure as determined by the Office of
             2050      Legislative Research and General Counsel shall be printed on the official ballot.
             2051          (d) In preparing ballot titles, the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall,
             2052      to the best of its ability, give a true and impartial statement of the purpose of the measure.
             2053          (e) The ballot title may not intentionally be an argument, or likely to create prejudice, for
             2054      or against the measure.
             2055          (3) Immediately after the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel files a copy
             2056      of the ballot title with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission, the [lieutenant
             2057      governor] State Elections Commission shall mail a copy of the ballot title to any of the sponsors
             2058      of the petition.
             2059          (4) (a) If the ballot title furnished by the Office of Legislative Research and General
             2060      Counsel is unsatisfactory or does not comply with the requirements of this section, at least three
             2061      of the sponsors of the petition may, within 15 days of the date the [lieutenant governor] State
             2062      Elections Commission mails the ballot title, appeal the wording of the ballot title prepared by the
             2063      Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to the supreme court.
             2064          (b) The supreme court shall:
             2065          (i) examine the ballot title;
             2066          (ii) hear arguments; and
             2067          (iii) within five days of its decision, certify to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2068      Commission a ballot title for the measure that fulfills the intent of this section.
             2069          (c) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall certify the title verified
             2070      [to him] by the supreme court to the county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             2071          Section 60. Section 20A-7-309 is amended to read:
             2072           20A-7-309. Form of ballot -- Manner of voting.
             2073          (1) The county clerks shall ensure that the number and ballot title verified to them by the


             2074      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission are printed upon the official ballot with,
             2075      immediately to the right of them, the words "For" and "Against," each word followed by a square
             2076      in which the elector may indicate his vote.
             2077          (2) Voters desiring to vote in favor of enacting the law proposed by the referendum
             2078      petition shall mark the square following the word "For," and those desiring to vote against enacting
             2079      the law proposed by the referendum petition shall mark the square following the word "Against."
             2080          Section 61. Section 20A-7-310 is amended to read:
             2081           20A-7-310. Return and canvass -- Conflicting measures -- Law effective on
             2082      proclamation.
             2083          (1) The votes on the law proposed by the referendum petition shall be counted, canvassed,
             2084      and delivered as provided in Title 20A, Chapter 4, Part 3, Canvassing Returns.
             2085          (2) After the state board of canvassers completes its canvass, the [lieutenant governor]
             2086      State Elections Commission shall certify to the governor the vote for and against the law proposed
             2087      by the referendum petition.
             2088          (3) (a) The governor shall immediately issue a proclamation that:
             2089          (i) gives the total number of votes cast in the state for and against each law proposed by
             2090      a referendum petition; and
             2091          (ii) declares those laws proposed by a referendum petition that were approved by majority
             2092      vote to be in full force and effect as the law of Utah.
             2093          (b) When the governor believes that two proposed laws, or that parts of two proposed laws
             2094      approved by the people at the same election are entirely in conflict, he shall proclaim that measure
             2095      to be law that has received the greatest number of affirmative votes, regardless of the difference
             2096      in the majorities which those measures have received.
             2097          (4) (a) Within ten days after the governor's proclamation, any qualified voter who signed
             2098      the referendum petition proposing the law that is declared by the governor to be superseded by
             2099      another measure approved at the same election may apply to the Supreme Court to review the
             2100      governor's decision.
             2101          (b) The Supreme Court shall:
             2102          (i) immediately consider the matter and decide whether or not the proposed laws are in
             2103      conflict; and
             2104          (ii) within ten days after the matter is submitted to it for decision, certify its decision to the


             2105      governor.
             2106          (5) Within 30 days after his previous proclamation, the governor shall:
             2107          (a) proclaim all those measures approved by the people as law that the Supreme Court has
             2108      determined are not in conflict; and
             2109          (b) of all those measures approved by the people as law that the Supreme Court has
             2110      determined to be in conflict, proclaim as law the one that received the greatest number of
             2111      affirmative votes, regardless of difference in majorities.
             2112          Section 62. Section 20A-7-701 is amended to read:
             2113           20A-7-701. Voter information pamphlet to be prepared.
             2114          (1) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall cause to be printed a voter
             2115      information pamphlet designed to inform the voters of the state of the content, effect, operation,
             2116      fiscal impact, and the supporting and opposing arguments of any measure submitted to the voters
             2117      by the Legislature or by initiative or referendum petition.
             2118          (2) The pamphlet shall also include a separate section prepared, analyzed, and submitted
             2119      by the Judicial Council describing the judicial selection and retention process.
             2120          (3) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall cause to be printed as
             2121      many voter information pamphlets as needed to comply with the provisions of this chapter.
             2122          Section 63. Section 20A-7-702 is amended to read:
             2123           20A-7-702. Voter information pamphlet -- Form -- Contents -- Distribution.
             2124          (1) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall ensure that all information
             2125      submitted for publication in the voter information pamphlet is:
             2126          (a) printed and bound in a single pamphlet;
             2127          (b) printed in clear readable type, no less than ten-point, except that the text of any
             2128      measure may be set forth in eight-point type; and
             2129          (c) printed on a quality and weight of paper that best serves the voters.
             2130          (2) The voter information pamphlet shall contain the following items in this order:
             2131          (a) a cover title page;
             2132          (b) an introduction to the pamphlet by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2133      Commission;
             2134          (c) a table of contents;
             2135          (d) a list of all candidates for constitutional offices;


             2136          (e) a list of candidates for each legislative district;
             2137          (f) a 100-word statement of qualifications for each candidate for the office of governor,
             2138      lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, or state treasurer, if submitted by the candidate
             2139      to the [lieutenant governor's] State Elections Commission's office before July 15 at 5 p.m.;
             2140          (g) information pertaining to all measures to be submitted to the voters, beginning a new
             2141      page for each measure and containing, in the following order for each measure:
             2142          (i) a copy of the number and ballot title of the measure;
             2143          (ii) the final vote cast by the Legislature on the measure if it is a measure submitted by the
             2144      Legislature or by referendum;
             2145          (iii) the impartial analysis of the measure prepared by the Office of Legislative Research
             2146      and General Counsel;
             2147          (iv) the arguments in favor of the measure, the rebuttal to the arguments in favor of the
             2148      measure, the arguments against the measure, and the rebuttal to the arguments against the measure,
             2149      with the name and title of the authors at the end of each argument or rebuttal;
             2150          (v) for each constitutional amendment, a complete copy of the text of the constitutional
             2151      amendment, with all new language underlined, and all deleted language placed within brackets;
             2152      and
             2153          (vi) for each initiative qualified for the ballot, a copy of the measure as certified by the
             2154      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission;
             2155          (h) a description provided by the Judicial Council of the selection and retention process
             2156      for judges of courts of record, including, in the following order:
             2157          (i) a description of the judicial selection process;
             2158          (ii) a description of the judicial performance evaluation process;
             2159          (iii) a description of the judicial retention election process;
             2160          (iv) a list of the criteria and minimum standards of judicial performance evaluation;
             2161          (v) the names of the judges standing for retention election; and
             2162          (vi) for each judge:
             2163          (A) the counties in which the judge is subject to retention election;
             2164          (B) a short biography of professional qualifications and a recent photograph;
             2165          (C) for each standard of performance, a statement identifying whether or not the judge met
             2166      the standard and, if not, the manner in which the judge failed to meet the standard;


             2167          (D) a statement identifying the cumulative number of public orders issued by the Utah
             2168      Supreme Court under Utah Constitution Article VIII, Section 13 during the judge's current term
             2169      and the immediately preceding term, and a statement of the basis for each order that the judge has
             2170      received; and
             2171          (E) a statement identifying whether or not the judge was certified by the Judicial Council;
             2172          (vii) (A) except as provided in Subsection (2)(h)(vii)(B), for each judge, in graphic format,
             2173      the favorable response rating for each attorney, jury, and other survey question used by the Judicial
             2174      Council for certification of judges, displayed in 1% increments and identifying the minimum
             2175      standards of performance for each question;
             2176          (B) notwithstanding Subsection (2)(h)(vii)(A), if the sample size for the survey for a
             2177      particular judge is too small to provide statistically reliable information in 1% increments, the
             2178      survey results for that judge shall be reported as being above or below 70% and a statement by the
             2179      surveyor explaining why the survey is statistically unreliable shall also be included;
             2180          (i) an explanation of ballot marking procedures prepared by the Office of Legislative
             2181      Research and General Counsel, indicating the ballot marking procedure used by each county and
             2182      explaining how to mark the ballot for each procedure;
             2183          (j) voter registration information;
             2184          (k) a list of all county clerks' offices and phone numbers;
             2185          (l) an index of subjects in alphabetical order; and
             2186          (m) on the back cover page, a printed copy of the following statement signed by the
             2187      [lieutenant governor] chair of the State Elections Commission:
             2188          "I, _______________ (print name), [Lieutenant Governor of Utah] chair of the State
             2189      Elections Commission, certify that the measures contained in this pamphlet will be submitted to
             2190      the voters of Utah at the election to be held throughout the state on ____ (date of election), and that
             2191      this pamphlet is complete and correct according to law. [SEAL]
             2192          [Witness my hand and the Great Seal of the State, at Salt Lake City, Utah this] Dated: ____
             2193      day of ____ (month), ____ (year)
             2194     
(signed) ____________________________________

             2195     
[Lieutenant Governor] Chair, State Elections Commission"

             2196          (3) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             2197          (a) ensure that one copy of the voter information pamphlet is placed in one issue of every


             2198      newspaper of general circulation in the state not more than 40 nor less than 15 days before the day
             2199      fixed by law for the election;
             2200          (b) ensure that a sufficient number of printed voter information pamphlets are available
             2201      for distribution as required by this section;
             2202          (c) provide voter information pamphlets to each county clerk for free distribution upon
             2203      request and for placement at polling places; and
             2204          (d) ensure that the distribution of the voter information pamphlets is completed 15 days
             2205      before the election.
             2206          Section 64. Section 20A-7-703 is amended to read:
             2207           20A-7-703. Impartial analysis of measure -- Determination of fiscal effects.
             2208          (1) The director of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, after the
             2209      approval of the legislative general counsel as to legal sufficiency, shall:
             2210          (a) prepare an impartial analysis of each measure submitted to the voters by the
             2211      Legislature or by initiative or referendum petition; and
             2212          (b) submit the impartial analysis to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission
             2213      no later than August 20 of the year in which the measure will appear on the ballot.
             2214          (2) The director shall ensure that the impartial analysis:
             2215          (a) is not more than 1,000 words long;
             2216          (b) is prepared in clear and concise language that will easily be understood by the average
             2217      voter;
             2218          (c) avoids the use of technical terms as much as possible;
             2219          (d) shows the effect of the measure on existing law;
             2220          (e) identifies any potential conflicts with the United States or Utah Constitutions raised
             2221      by the measure;
             2222          (f) fairly describes the operation of the measure;
             2223          (g) identifies the measure's fiscal effects for the first full year of implementation and the
             2224      first year when the last provisions to be implemented are fully effective; and
             2225          (h) identifies the amount of any increase or decrease in revenue or cost to state or local
             2226      government.
             2227          (3) The director shall analyze the measure as it is proposed to be adopted without
             2228      considering any implementing legislation, unless the implementing legislation has been enacted


             2229      and will become effective upon the adoption of the measure by the voters.
             2230          (4) (a) In determining the fiscal effects of a measure, the director shall confer with the
             2231      legislative fiscal analyst.
             2232          (b) The director shall consider any measure that requires implementing legislation in order
             2233      to take effect to have no financial effect, unless implementing legislation has been enacted that will
             2234      become effective upon adoption of the measure by the voters.
             2235          (5) If the director requests the assistance of any state department, agency, or official in
             2236      preparing his analysis, that department, agency, or official shall assist the director.
             2237          Section 65. Section 20A-7-704 is amended to read:
             2238           20A-7-704. Initiative measures -- Arguments for and against -- Voters' requests for
             2239      argument -- Ballot arguments.
             2240          (1) (a) (i) (A) By August 20 of the regular general election year, the sponsors of any
             2241      initiative petition that has been declared sufficient by the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2242      Commission may deliver to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission an argument
             2243      for the adoption of the measure.
             2244          (B) If two or more sponsors wish to submit arguments for the measure, the [lieutenant
             2245      governor] State Elections Commission shall designate one of them to submit the argument for his
             2246      side of the measure.
             2247          (ii) (A) Any member of the Legislature may request permission to submit an argument
             2248      against the adoption of the measure.
             2249          (B) If two or more legislators wish to submit an argument against the measure, the
             2250      presiding officers of the Senate and House of Representatives shall jointly designate one of them
             2251      to submit the argument to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2252          (b) The sponsors and the legislators submitting arguments shall ensure that each argument:
             2253          (i) does not exceed 500 words in length; and
             2254          (ii) is delivered by August 20.
             2255          (2) (a) (i) If an argument for or against a measure to be submitted to the voters by initiative
             2256      petition has not been filed within the time required by Subsection (1), any voter may request the
             2257      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission for permission to prepare an argument for the
             2258      side on which no argument has been prepared.
             2259          (ii) If two or more voters request permission to submit arguments on the same side of a


             2260      measure, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall designate one of the voters
             2261      to write the argument.
             2262          (b) Any argument prepared under this Subsection (2)(b) shall be submitted to the
             2263      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission by August 30.
             2264          (3) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission may not accept a ballot
             2265      argument submitted under this section unless it is accompanied by:
             2266          (a) the name and address of the person submitting it, if it is submitted by an individual
             2267      voter; or
             2268          (b) the name and address of the organization and the names and addresses of at least two
             2269      of its principal officers, if it is submitted on behalf of an organization.
             2270          (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(c), the authors may not amend or change the
             2271      arguments after they are submitted to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2272          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(c), the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2273      Commission may not alter the arguments in any way.
             2274          (c) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and the authors of an argument
             2275      may jointly modify an argument after it is submitted if:
             2276          (i) they jointly agree that changes to the argument must be made to correct spelling or
             2277      grammatical errors; and
             2278          (ii) the argument has not yet been submitted for typesetting.
             2279          Section 66. Section 20A-7-705 is amended to read:
             2280           20A-7-705. Measures to be submitted to voters and referendum measures --
             2281      Preparation of argument of adoption.
             2282          (1) (a) Whenever the Legislature submits any measure to the voters or whenever an act of
             2283      the Legislature is referred to the voters by referendum petition, the presiding officer of the house
             2284      of origin of the measure shall appoint the sponsor of the measure or act and one member of either
             2285      house who voted with the majority to pass the act or submit the measure to draft an argument for
             2286      the adoption of the measure.
             2287          (b) (i) The argument may not exceed 500 words in length.
             2288          (ii) If the sponsor of the measure or act desires separate arguments to be written in favor
             2289      by each person appointed, separate arguments may be written but the combined length of the two
             2290      arguments may not exceed 500 words.


             2291          (2) (a) If a measure or act submitted to the voters by the Legislature or by referendum
             2292      petition was not adopted unanimously by the Legislature, the presiding officer of each house shall,
             2293      at the same time as appointments to an argument in its favor are made, appoint one member who
             2294      voted against the measure or act from their house to write an argument against the measure or act.
             2295          (b) (i) The argument may not exceed 500 words.
             2296          (ii) If those members appointed to write an argument against the measure or act desire
             2297      separate arguments to be written in opposition to the measure or act by each person appointed,
             2298      separate arguments may be written, but the combined length of the two arguments may not exceed
             2299      500 words.
             2300          (3) (a) The legislators appointed by the presiding officer of the Senate or House of
             2301      Representatives to submit arguments shall submit them to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2302      Commission not later than June 1.
             2303          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(d), the authors may not amend or change the
             2304      arguments after they are submitted to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2305          (c) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(d), the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2306      Commission may not alter the arguments in any way.
             2307          (d) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and the authors of an argument
             2308      may jointly modify an argument after it is submitted if:
             2309          (i) they jointly agree that changes to the argument must be made to correct spelling or
             2310      grammatical errors; and
             2311          (ii) the argument has not yet been submitted for typesetting.
             2312          (4) (a) If an argument for or an argument against a measure submitted to the voters by the
             2313      Legislature or by referendum petition has not been filed by a member of the Legislature within the
             2314      time required by this section, any voter may request the presiding officer of the house in which the
             2315      measure originated for permission to prepare and file an argument for the side on which no
             2316      argument has been prepared by a member of the Legislature.
             2317          (b) (i) The presiding officer of the house of origin shall grant permission unless two or
             2318      more voters request permission to submit arguments on the same side of a measure.
             2319          (ii) If two or more voters request permission to submit arguments on the same side of a
             2320      measure, the presiding officer shall designate one of the voters to write the argument.
             2321          (c) Any argument prepared under this Subsection (4)(c) shall be submitted to the


             2322      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission not later than June 15.
             2323          (d) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission may not accept a ballot
             2324      argument submitted under this section unless it is accompanied by:
             2325          (i) the name and address of the person submitting it, if it is submitted by an individual
             2326      voter; or
             2327          (ii) the name and address of the organization and the names and addresses of at least two
             2328      of its principal officers, if it is submitted on behalf of an organization.
             2329          (e) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(g), the authors may not amend or change the
             2330      arguments after they are submitted to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2331          (f) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(g), the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2332      Commission may not alter the arguments in any way.
             2333          (g) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and the authors of an argument
             2334      may jointly modify an argument after it is submitted if:
             2335          (i) they jointly agree that changes to the argument must be made to correct spelling or
             2336      grammatical errors; and
             2337          (ii) the argument has not yet been submitted for typesetting.
             2338          Section 67. Section 20A-7-706 is amended to read:
             2339           20A-7-706. Copies of arguments to be sent to opposing authors -- Rebuttal
             2340      arguments.
             2341          (1) When the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission has received the
             2342      arguments for and against a measure to be submitted to the voters, the [lieutenant governor] State
             2343      Elections Commission shall immediately send copies of the arguments in favor of the measure to
             2344      the authors of the arguments against and copies of the arguments against to the authors of the
             2345      arguments in favor.
             2346          (2) The authors may prepare and submit rebuttal arguments not exceeding 250 words.
             2347          (3) (a) The rebuttal arguments must be filed with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2348      Commission not later than June 30.
             2349          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(d), the authors may not amend or change the
             2350      rebuttal arguments after they are submitted to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2351      Commission.
             2352          (c) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(d), the [lieutenant governor] State Elections


             2353      Commission may not alter the arguments in any way.
             2354          (d) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission and the authors of a rebuttal
             2355      argument may jointly modify a rebuttal argument after it is submitted if:
             2356          (i) they jointly agree that changes to the rebuttal argument must be made to correct spelling
             2357      or grammatical errors; and
             2358          (ii) the rebuttal argument has not yet been submitted for typesetting.
             2359          (4) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall ensure that:
             2360          (a) rebuttal arguments are printed in the same manner as the direct arguments; and
             2361          (b) each rebuttal argument follows immediately after the direct argument which it seeks
             2362      to rebut.
             2363          Section 68. Section 20A-8-103 is amended to read:
             2364           20A-8-103. Petition procedures.
             2365          (1) As used in this section, the proposed name or emblem of a registered political party
             2366      is "distinguishable" if a reasonable person of average intelligence will be able to perceive a
             2367      difference between the proposed name or emblem and any name or emblem currently being used
             2368      by another registered political party.
             2369          (2) To become a registered political party, an organization of registered voters that is not
             2370      a continuing political party shall:
             2371          (a) circulate a petition seeking registered political party status beginning no earlier than
             2372      the date of the statewide canvass held after the last regular general election and ending no later
             2373      than the February 15 of the year in which the next regular general election will be held; and
             2374          (b) file a petition with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission that is signed
             2375      by at least 2,000 registered voters on or before February 15 of the year in which a regular general
             2376      election will be held.
             2377          (3) The petition shall:
             2378          (a) state that the signers are or desire to become members of the designated party or group;
             2379          (b) state the name, which may not exceed four words, and identify the emblem of the party
             2380      or group;
             2381          (c) state the process that the organization will follow to organize and adopt a constitution
             2382      and bylaws; and
             2383          (d) be signed by a filing officer, who agrees to receive communications on behalf of the


             2384      organization.
             2385          (4) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             2386          (a) determine whether or not the required number of voters appears on the petition;
             2387          (b) review the proposed name and emblem to determine if they are "distinguishable" from
             2388      the names and emblems of other registered political parties; and
             2389          (c) certify [his] its findings to the filing officer of the group within 30 days of the filing
             2390      of the petition.
             2391          (5) (a) If the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission determines that the petition
             2392      meets the requirements of this section, and that the proposed name and emblem are
             2393      distinguishable, [he] it shall authorize the filing officer to organize the prospective political party.
             2394          (b) If the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission finds that the name, emblem,
             2395      or both are not distinguishable from the names and emblems of other registered political parties,
             2396      the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall notify the filing officer that he has
             2397      seven days to submit a new name or emblem to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2398      Commission.
             2399          (6) A registered political party may not change its name or emblem during the regular
             2400      general election cycle.
             2401          Section 69. Section 20A-8-106 is amended to read:
             2402           20A-8-106. Organization as a political party -- Certification procedures.
             2403          (1) On or before March 1 of the regular general election year, the prospective political
             2404      party's officers or governing board shall file the names of the party officers or governing board
             2405      with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2406          (2) After reviewing the information and determining that all proper procedures have been
             2407      completed, the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             2408          (a) issue a certificate naming the organization as a registered political party in Utah and
             2409      designating its official name; and
             2410          (b) inform each county clerk that the organization is a registered political party in Utah.
             2411          (3) All election officers and state officials shall consider the organization to be and shall
             2412      treat the organization as a registered political party.
             2413          (4) The newly registered political party shall comply with all the provisions of Utah law
             2414      governing political parties.


             2415          (5) (a) If the newly registered political party does not hold a national party convention, the
             2416      governing board of the political party may designate the names of the party's candidates for the
             2417      offices of President and Vice President of the United States and the names of the party's
             2418      presidential electors to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission by August 15.
             2419          (b) If the party chooses to designate names, the governing board shall certify those names.
             2420          Section 70. Section 20A-8-401 is amended to read:
             2421           20A-8-401. Registered political parties -- Bylaws.
             2422          (1) (a) Each registered state political party shall file a copy of its constitution and bylaws
             2423      with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission by January 1, 1995.
             2424          (b) Each new or unregistered state political party that seeks to become a registered political
             2425      party under the authority of this chapter shall file a copy of its proposed constitution and bylaws
             2426      at the time it files its registration information.
             2427          (c) Each registered state political party shall file revised copies of its constitution or bylaws
             2428      with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission within 15 days after the constitution
             2429      or bylaws are adopted or amended.
             2430          (2) Each state political party, each new political party seeking registration, and each
             2431      unregistered political party seeking registration shall ensure that its constitution or bylaws contain:
             2432          (a) provisions establishing party organization, structure, membership, and governance that
             2433      include:
             2434          (i) a description of the position, selection process, qualifications, duties, and terms of each
             2435      party officer and committees defined by constitution and bylaws;
             2436          (ii) a provision requiring a designated party officer to serve as liaison with the [lieutenant
             2437      governor] State Elections Commission on all matters relating to the political party's relationship
             2438      with the state;
             2439          (iii) a description of the requirements for participation in party processes;
             2440          (iv) the dates, times, and quorum of any regularly scheduled party meetings, conventions,
             2441      or other conclaves; and
             2442          (v) a mechanism for making the names of delegates, candidates, and elected party officers
             2443      available to the public shortly after they are selected;
             2444          (b) a procedure for selecting party officers that allows active participation by party
             2445      members;


             2446          (c) a procedure for selecting party candidates at the federal, state, and county levels that
             2447      allows active participation by party members;
             2448          (d) a procedure for selecting electors who are pledged to cast their votes in the electoral
             2449      college for the party's candidates for president and vice president of the United States;
             2450          (e) a provision requiring the governor and lieutenant governor to run as a joint ticket;
             2451          (f) a procedure for replacing party candidates who die, become disabled, or are disqualified
             2452      before a primary or regular general election;
             2453          (g) provisions governing the deposit and expenditure of party funds, and governing the
             2454      accounting for, reporting, and audit of party financial transactions;
             2455          (h) provisions governing access to party records;
             2456          (i) a procedure for amending the constitution or bylaws that allows active participation by
             2457      party members or their representatives; and
             2458          (j) a process for resolving grievances against the political party.
             2459          Section 71. Section 20A-8-402 is amended to read:
             2460           20A-8-402. Political party officers -- Submission of names of officers to the State
             2461      Elections Commission.
             2462          (1) Each state political party shall:
             2463          (a) designate a party officer to act as liaison with the [lieutenant governor's] State Elections
             2464      Commission's office; and
             2465          (b) within seven days of any change in the party liaison, submit the name of the new
             2466      liaison to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2467          (2) Each state political party and each county political party shall:
             2468          (a) submit the names of its officers to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2469      Commission within seven days after the officers are selected; and
             2470          (b) within seven days of any change in party officers, submit the names of the new officers
             2471      to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2472          Section 72. Section 20A-8-403 is amended to read:
             2473           20A-8-403. Political parties -- Certification.
             2474          When this title requires that a registered political party certify information to the [lieutenant
             2475      governor] State Elections Commission, the registered political party has met that requirement if
             2476      the information is signed by the registered political party's designated liaison or the registered


             2477      political party's chair.
             2478          Section 73. Section 20A-9-101 is amended to read:
             2479           20A-9-101. Definitions.
             2480          As used in this chapter:
             2481          (1) (a) "Candidates for elective office" means persons selected by a registered political
             2482      party as party candidates to run in a regular general election.
             2483          (b) "Candidates for elective office" does not mean candidates for:
             2484          (i) justice or judge of court of record or not of record;
             2485          (ii) presidential elector;
             2486          (iii) any political party offices; and
             2487          (iv) municipal or special district offices.
             2488          (2) "Constitutional office" means the state offices of governor, lieutenant governor,
             2489      attorney general, state auditor, and state treasurer.
             2490          (3) (a) "County office" means an elective office where the office holder is selected by
             2491      voters entirely within one county.
             2492          (b) "County office" does not mean:
             2493          (i) the office of justice or judge of any court of record or not of record;
             2494          (ii) the office of presidential elector;
             2495          (iii) any political party offices;
             2496          (iv) any municipal or special district offices; and
             2497          (v) the office of United States Senator and United States Representative.
             2498          (4) "Federal office" means an elective office for United States Senator and United States
             2499      Representative.
             2500          (5) "Filing officer" means:
             2501          (a) the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission, for:
             2502          (i) offices whose political division contains territory in two or more counties;
             2503          (ii) the office of United States Senator and United States Representative; and
             2504          (iii) all constitutional offices;
             2505          (b) the county clerk, for county offices and local school district offices;
             2506          (c) the city or town clerk, for municipal offices; and
             2507          (d) the special district clerk, for special district offices.


             2508          (6) "Local government office" includes county offices, municipal offices, and special
             2509      district offices and other elective offices selected by the voters from a political division entirely
             2510      within one county.
             2511          (7) (a) "Multicounty office" means an elective office where the office holder is selected
             2512      by the voters from more than one county.
             2513          (b) "Multicounty office" does not mean:
             2514          (i) a county office;
             2515          (ii) a federal office;
             2516          (iii) the office of justice or judge of any court of record or not of record;
             2517          (iv) the office of presidential elector;
             2518          (v) any political party offices; and
             2519          (vi) any municipal or special district offices.
             2520          (8) "Municipal office" means an elective office in a municipality.
             2521          (9) (a) "Political division" means a geographic unit from which an office holder is elected
             2522      and that an office holder represents.
             2523          (b) "Political division" includes a county, a city, a town, a special district, a school district,
             2524      a legislative district, and a county prosecution district.
             2525          (10) "Special district office" means an elected office in a special district.
             2526          Section 74. Section 20A-9-201 is amended to read:
             2527           20A-9-201. Declarations of candidacy -- Candidacy for more than one office or of
             2528      more than one political party prohibited with exceptions -- General filing and form
             2529      requirements.
             2530          (1) Before filing a declaration of candidacy for election to any office, a person shall:
             2531          (a) be a United States citizen; and
             2532          (b) meet the legal requirements of that office.
             2533          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), a person may not:
             2534          (i) file a declaration of candidacy for, or be a candidate for, more than one office in Utah
             2535      during any election year; or
             2536          (ii) appear on the ballot as the candidate of more than one political party.
             2537          (b) A person may file a declaration of candidacy for, or be a candidate for, President or
             2538      Vice President of the United States and another office, if the person resigns the person's candidacy


             2539      for the other office after the person is officially nominated for President or Vice President of the
             2540      United States.
             2541          (3) If the final date established for filing a declaration of candidacy is a Saturday or
             2542      Sunday, the filing time shall be extended until 5 p.m. on the following Monday.
             2543          (4) (a) (i) Except for presidential candidates, before the filing officer may accept any
             2544      declaration of candidacy, the filing officer shall:
             2545          (A) read to the prospective candidate the constitutional and statutory qualification
             2546      requirements for the office that the candidate is seeking; and
             2547          (B) require the candidate to state whether or not the candidate meets those requirements.
             2548          (ii) Before accepting a declaration of candidacy for the office of county attorney, the
             2549      county clerk shall ensure that the person filing that declaration of candidacy is:
             2550          (A) a United States citizen;
             2551          (B) an attorney licensed to practice law in Utah who is an active member in good standing
             2552      of the Utah State Bar;
             2553          (C) a registered voter in the county in which he is seeking office; and
             2554          (D) a current resident of the county in which he is seeking office and either has been a
             2555      resident of that county for at least one year or was appointed and is currently serving as county
             2556      attorney and became a resident of the county within 30 days after appointment to the office.
             2557          (iii) Before accepting a declaration of candidacy for the office of district attorney, the
             2558      county clerk shall ensure that, as of the date of the election, the person filing that declaration of
             2559      candidacy is:
             2560          (A) a United States citizen;
             2561          (B) an attorney licensed to practice law in Utah who is an active member in good standing
             2562      of the Utah State Bar;
             2563          (C) a registered voter in the prosecution district in which he is seeking office; and
             2564          (D) a current resident of the prosecution district in which he is seeking office and either
             2565      will have been a resident of that prosecution district for at least one year as of the date of the
             2566      election or was appointed and is currently serving as district attorney and became a resident of the
             2567      prosecution district within 30 days after receiving appointment to the office.
             2568          (b) If the prospective candidate states that he does not meet the qualification requirements
             2569      for the office, the filing officer may not accept the prospective candidate's declaration of candidacy.


             2570          (c) If the candidate states that he meets the requirements of candidacy, the filing officer
             2571      shall:
             2572          (i) accept the candidate's declaration of candidacy; and
             2573          (ii) if the candidate has filed for a partisan office, provide a certified copy of the
             2574      declaration of candidacy to the chair of the county or state political party of which the candidate
             2575      is a member.
             2576          (5) Except for presidential candidates, the form of the declaration of candidacy shall be
             2577      substantially as follows:
             2578          "State of Utah, County of ____
             2579          I, ______________, declare my intention of becoming a candidate for the office of ____
             2580      as a candidate for the ____ party. I do solemnly swear that: I can qualify to hold that office, both
             2581      legally and constitutionally, if selected; I reside at _____________ in the City or Town of ____,
             2582      Utah, Zip Code ____ Phone No. ____; I will not knowingly violate any law governing campaigns
             2583      and elections; and I will qualify for the office if elected to it. The mailing address that I designate
             2584      for receiving official election notices is ___________________________.
             2585      ____________________________________________________________________
             2586          Subscribed and sworn before me this __________(month\day\year).
             2587     
_________________________________________________

             2588     
Notary Public (or other officer qualified to administer oath.)"

             2589          (6) (a) Except for presidential candidates, the fee for filing a declaration of candidacy is:
             2590          (i) $25 for candidates for the local school district board; and
             2591          (ii) 1/8 of 1% of the total salary for the full term of office legally paid to the person holding
             2592      the office, but not less than $5, for all other federal, state, and county offices.
             2593          (b) Except for presidential candidates, the filing officer shall refund the filing fee to any
             2594      candidate:
             2595          (i) who is disqualified; or
             2596          (ii) who the filing officer determines has filed improperly.
             2597          (c) (i) The county clerk shall immediately pay to the county treasurer all fees received from
             2598      candidates.
             2599          (ii) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall:
             2600          (A) apportion to and pay to the county treasurers of the various counties all fees received


             2601      for filing of nomination certificates or acceptances; and
             2602          (B) ensure that each county receives that proportion of the total amount paid to the
             2603      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission from the congressional district that the total vote
             2604      of that county for all candidates for representative in Congress bears to the total vote of all counties
             2605      within the congressional district for all candidates for representative in Congress.
             2606          (d) (i) Each person who is unable to pay the filing fee may file a declaration of candidacy
             2607      without payment upon a prima facie showing of impecuniosity as evidenced by an affidavit of
             2608      impecuniosity filed with the filing officer.
             2609          (ii) The filing officer shall ensure that the affidavit of impecuniosity is printed in
             2610      substantially the following form:
             2611          "Affidavit of Impecuniosity
             2612      Individual Name ____________________________Address_____________________________
             2613      Phone Number _________________
             2614      I,__________________________(name), do solemnly [swear] [affirm] that, owing to my poverty,
             2615      I am unable to pay the filing fee required by law.
             2616      Date ______________ Signature________________________________________________
             2617      Affiant
             2618      Subscribed and sworn to before me on ___________ (month\day\year)
             2619     
______________________

             2620     
(signature)

             2621          Name and Title of Officer Authorized to Administer Oath
_________________________"

             2622          (7) Any person who fails to file a declaration of candidacy or certificate of nomination
             2623      within the time provided in this chapter is ineligible for nomination to office.
             2624          Section 75. Section 20A-9-202 is amended to read:
             2625           20A-9-202. Declarations of candidacy for regular general elections -- Requirements
             2626      for candidates.
             2627          (1) (a) Each person seeking to become a candidate for elective office for any county office
             2628      that is to be filled at the next regular general election shall:
             2629          (i) file a declaration of candidacy in person with the county clerk between the March 7 and
             2630      before 5 p.m. on the March 17 before the next regular general election; and
             2631          (ii) pay the filing fee.


             2632          (b) Each person intending to become a candidate for any legislative office or multicounty
             2633      office that is to be filled at the next regular general election shall:
             2634          (i) file a declaration of candidacy in person with either the [lieutenant governor] State
             2635      Elections Commission or the county clerk in the candidate's county of residence between the
             2636      March 7 and before 5 p.m. on the March 17 before the next regular general election; and
             2637          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             2638          (c) (i) Each county clerk who receives a declaration of candidacy from a candidate for
             2639      multicounty office shall transmit the filing fee and a copy of the candidate's declaration of
             2640      candidacy to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission within one working day after
             2641      it is filed.
             2642          (ii) Each day during the filing period, each county clerk shall notify the [lieutenant
             2643      governor] State Elections Commission electronically or by telephone of legislative candidates who
             2644      have filed in their office.
             2645          (d) Each person seeking to become a candidate for elective office for any federal office or
             2646      constitutional office that is to be filled at the next regular general election shall:
             2647          (i) file a declaration of candidacy in person with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2648      Commission between the March 7 and before 5 p.m. on the March 17 before the next regular
             2649      general election; and
             2650          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             2651          (e) Each person seeking the office of lieutenant governor, the office of district attorney,
             2652      or the office of President or Vice President of the United States shall comply with the specific
             2653      declaration of candidacy requirements established by this section.
             2654          (2) (a) Each person intending to become a candidate for the office of district attorney
             2655      within a multicounty prosecution district that is to be filled at the next regular general election
             2656      shall:
             2657          (i) file a declaration of candidacy with the clerk designated in the interlocal agreement
             2658      creating the prosecution district between the March 7 and before 5 p.m. on the March 17 before
             2659      the next regular general election; and
             2660          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             2661          (b) The designated clerk shall provide to the county clerk of each county in the prosecution
             2662      district a certified copy of each declaration of candidacy filed for the office of district attorney.


             2663          (3) (a) Within five working days of nomination, each lieutenant governor candidate shall:
             2664          (i) file a declaration of candidacy with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2665      Commission; and
             2666          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             2667          (b) (i) Any candidate for lieutenant governor who fails to file within five working days is
             2668      disqualified.
             2669          (ii) If a lieutenant governor is disqualified, another candidate shall be nominated to replace
             2670      the disqualified candidate.
             2671          (4) Each registered political party shall:
             2672          (a) certify the names of its candidates for President and Vice President of the United States
             2673      to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission by August 30; or
             2674          (b) provide written authorization for the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission
             2675      to accept the certification of candidates for President and Vice President of the United States from
             2676      the national office of the registered political party.
             2677          (5) (a) A declaration of candidacy filed under this section is valid unless a written
             2678      objection is filed with the clerk or [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission within five
             2679      days after the last day for filing.
             2680          (b) If an objection is made, the clerk or [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission
             2681      shall:
             2682          (i) mail or personally deliver notice of the objection to the affected candidate immediately;
             2683      and
             2684          (ii) decide any objection within 48 hours after it is filed.
             2685          (c) If the clerk or [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission sustains the objection,
             2686      the candidate may cure the problem by amending the declaration or petition within three days after
             2687      the objection is sustained or by filing a new declaration within three days after the objection is
             2688      sustained.
             2689          (d) (i) The clerk's or [lieutenant governor's] State Elections Commission's decision upon
             2690      objections to form is final.
             2691          (ii) The clerk's or [lieutenant governor's] State Elections Commission's decision upon
             2692      substantive matters is reviewable by a district court if prompt application is made to the court.
             2693          (iii) The decision of the district court is final unless the Supreme Court, in the exercise of


             2694      its discretion, agrees to review the lower court decision.
             2695          (6) Any person who filed a declaration of candidacy may withdraw as a candidate by filing
             2696      a written affidavit with the clerk.
             2697          Section 76. Section 20A-9-202.5 is amended to read:
             2698           20A-9-202.5. Declaration of candidacy -- Western States Presidential Primary.
             2699          (1) As used in this section:
             2700          (a) "Presidential candidate" means a person seeking nomination for President of the United
             2701      States from a Utah registered political party.
             2702          (b) "Utah registered political party" means a political party that has complied with the
             2703      requirements of Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party Formation and Procedures, to become a
             2704      political party officially recognized by the state.
             2705          (2) Each presidential candidate, or the candidate's designated agent, shall file a declaration
             2706      of candidacy with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission as provided in Section
             2707      20A-9-803 .
             2708          Section 77. Section 20A-9-203 is amended to read:
             2709           20A-9-203. Declarations of candidacy -- Municipal general elections.
             2710          (1) (a) A person may become a candidate for any municipal office if the person is a
             2711      registered voter and:
             2712          (i) the person has resided within the municipality in which that person seeks to hold
             2713      elective office for the 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of the election; or
             2714          (ii) if the territory in which the person resides was annexed into the municipality, the
             2715      person has resided within the annexed territory or the municipality for 12 months.
             2716          (b) In addition to the requirements of Subsection (1)(a), candidates for a municipal council
             2717      position under the council-mayor or council-manager alternative forms of municipal government
             2718      shall, if elected from districts, be residents of the council district from which they are elected.
             2719          (2) (a) Each person seeking to become a candidate for a municipal office shall file a
             2720      declaration of candidacy in person with the city recorder or town clerk during office hours and not
             2721      later than 5 p.m. between July 15 and August 15 of any odd-numbered year and pay the filing fee,
             2722      if one is required by municipal ordinance.
             2723          (b) Any resident of a municipality may nominate a candidate for a municipal office by
             2724      filing a nomination petition with the city recorder or town clerk during office hours but not later


             2725      than 5 p.m. between July 15 and August 15 of any odd-numbered year and pay the filing fee, if
             2726      one is required by municipal ordinance.
             2727          (c) When August 15 is a Saturday or Sunday, the filing time shall be extended until 5 p.m.
             2728      on the following Monday.
             2729          (3) (a) Before the filing officer may accept any declaration of candidacy or nomination
             2730      petition, the filing officer shall:
             2731          (i) read to the prospective candidate or person filing the petition the constitutional and
             2732      statutory qualification requirements for the office that the candidate is seeking; and
             2733          (ii) require the candidate or person filing the petition to state whether or not the candidate
             2734      meets those requirements.
             2735          (b) If the prospective candidate does not meet the qualification requirements for the office,
             2736      the filing officer may not accept the declaration of candidacy or nomination petition.
             2737          (c) If it appears that the prospective candidate meets the requirements of candidacy, the
             2738      filing officer shall accept the declaration of candidacy or nomination petition.
             2739          (4) The declaration of candidacy shall substantially comply with the following form:
             2740          "I, (print name) ____, being first sworn, say that I reside at ____ Street, City of ____,
             2741      County of ____, state of Utah, Zip Code ____, Telephone Number (if any) ____; that I am a
             2742      registered voter; and that I am a candidate for the office of ____ (stating the term). I request that
             2743      my name be printed upon the applicable official ballots. (Signed) _______________
             2744          Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me by ____ on this
             2745      __________(month\day\year).
             2746          (Signed) _______________ (Clerk or other officer qualified to administer oath)"
             2747          (5) (a) Any registered voter may be nominated for municipal office by submitting a
             2748      petition signed by:
             2749          (i) 25 residents of the municipality who are at least 18 years old; or
             2750          (ii) 20% of the residents of the municipality who are at least 18 years old.
             2751          (b) (i) The petition shall substantially conform to the following form:
             2752     
"NOMINATION PETITION

             2753          The undersigned residents of (name of municipality) being 18 years old or older nominate
             2754      (name of nominee) to the office of ____ for the (two or four-year term, whichever is applicable)."
             2755          (ii) The remainder of the petition shall contain lines and columns for the signatures of


             2756      persons signing the petition and their addresses and telephone numbers.
             2757          (c) If the declaration of candidacy or nomination petition fails to state whether the
             2758      nomination is for the two or four-year term, the clerk shall consider the nomination to be for the
             2759      four-year term.
             2760          (d) (i) The clerk shall verify with the county clerk that all candidates are registered voters.
             2761          (ii) Any candidate who is not registered to vote is disqualified and the clerk may not print
             2762      the candidate's name on the ballot.
             2763          (6) Immediately after expiration of the period for filing a declaration of candidacy, the
             2764      clerk shall:
             2765          (a) cause the names of the candidates as they will appear on the ballot to be published in
             2766      at least two successive publications of a newspaper with general circulation in the municipality;
             2767      and
             2768          (b) notify the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission of the names of the
             2769      candidates as they will appear on the ballot.
             2770          (7) (a) A declaration of candidacy or nomination petition filed under this section is valid
             2771      unless a written objection is filed with the clerk within five days after the last day for filing.
             2772          (b) If an objection is made, the clerk shall:
             2773          (i) mail or personally deliver notice of the objection to the affected candidate immediately;
             2774      and
             2775          (ii) decide any objection within 48 hours after it is filed.
             2776          (c) If the clerk sustains the objection, the candidate may correct the problem by amending
             2777      the declaration or petition within three days after the objection is sustained or by filing a new
             2778      declaration within three days after the objection is sustained.
             2779          (d) (i) The clerk's decision upon objections to form is final.
             2780          (ii) The clerk's decision upon substantive matters is reviewable by a district court if prompt
             2781      application is made to the district court.
             2782          (iii) The decision of the district court is final unless the Supreme Court, in the exercise of
             2783      its discretion, agrees to review the lower court decision.
             2784          (8) Any person who filed a declaration of candidacy and was nominated, and any person
             2785      who was nominated by a nomination petition, may, any time up to 23 days before the election,
             2786      withdraw the nomination by filing a written affidavit with the clerk.


             2787          Section 78. Section 20A-9-402 is amended to read:
             2788           20A-9-402. General requirements for all primary elections.
             2789          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2790      Commission, county clerks, and election judges shall follow the procedures and requirements of
             2791      this title in administering primary elections.
             2792          (2) If there is any conflict between any provision of this part and any other sections in Title
             2793      20A, this part takes precedence.
             2794          Section 79. Section 20A-9-403 is amended to read:
             2795           20A-9-403. Regular primary elections.
             2796          (1) (a) The fourth Tuesday of June of each even-numbered year is designated as regular
             2797      primary election day.
             2798          (b) Each registered political party that chooses to use the primary election process to
             2799      nominate some or all of its candidates shall comply with the requirements of this section.
             2800          (2) (a) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political party
             2801      that wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             2802          (i) declare their intent to participate in the primary election;
             2803          (ii) identify one or more registered political parties whose members may vote for the
             2804      registered political party's candidates and whether or not persons identified as unaffiliated with a
             2805      political party may vote for the registered political party's candidates; and
             2806          (iii) certify that information to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission no
             2807      later than 5 p.m. on March 1 of each even-numbered year.
             2808          (b) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political party that
             2809      wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             2810          (i) certify the name and office of all of the registered political party's candidates to the
             2811      [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission no later than 5 p.m. on May 13 of each
             2812      even-numbered year; and
             2813          (ii) certify the name and office of each of its county candidates to the county clerks by 5
             2814      p.m. on May 13 of each even-numbered year.
             2815          (c) By 5 p.m. on May 16 of each even-numbered year, the [lieutenant governor] State
             2816      Elections Commission shall send the county clerks a certified list of the names of all statewide or
             2817      multicounty candidates that must be printed on the primary ballot.


             2818          (d) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(d)(ii), if a registered political party does not
             2819      wish to participate in the primary election, it shall submit the names of its county candidates to the
             2820      county clerks and the names of all of its candidates to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections
             2821      Commission by 5 p.m. on May 30 of each even-numbered year.
             2822          (ii) A registered political party's candidates for President and Vice-President of the United
             2823      States shall be certified to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission as provided in
             2824      Subsection 20A-9-202 (4).
             2825          (e) Each political party shall certify the names of its presidential and vice-presidential
             2826      candidates and presidential electors to the [lieutenant governor's] office of the State Elections
             2827      Commission by August 30 of each presidential election year.
             2828          (3) The county clerk shall:
             2829          (a) review the declarations of candidacy filed by candidates for local boards of education
             2830      to determine if more than two candidates have filed for the same seat;
             2831          (b) place the names of all candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy for a local
             2832      board of education seat on the nonpartisan section of the ballot if more than two candidates have
             2833      filed for the same seat; and
             2834          (c) conduct a lottery to determine the order of the candidates' names on the ballot.
             2835          (4) After the county clerk receives the certified list from a registered political party, the
             2836      county clerk shall post or publish a primary election notice in substantially the following form:
             2837          "Notice is given that a primary election will be held Tuesday, June ____, ________(year),
             2838      to nominate party candidates for the parties and nonpartisan offices listed on the primary ballot.
             2839      The polling place for voting precinct ____ is ____. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and continue
             2840      open until 8 p.m. of the same day. Attest: county clerk".
             2841          (5) (a) Candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast for each office at the regular
             2842      primary election are nominated by their party or nonpartisan group for that office.
             2843          (b) If two or more candidates are to be elected to the office at the regular general election,
             2844      those party candidates equal in number to positions to be filled who receive the highest number
             2845      of votes at the regular primary election are the nominees of their party for those positions.
             2846          (6) (a) When a tie vote occurs in any primary election for any national, state, or other office
             2847      that represents more than one county, the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general shall,
             2848      at a public meeting called by the governor and in the presence of the candidates involved, select


             2849      the nominee by lot cast in whatever manner the governor determines.
             2850          (b) When a tie vote occurs in any primary election for any county office, the district court
             2851      judges of the district in which the county is located shall, at a public meeting called by the judges
             2852      and in the presence of the candidates involved, select the nominee by lot cast in whatever manner
             2853      the judges determine.
             2854          (7) The expense of providing all ballots, blanks, or other supplies to be used at any primary
             2855      election provided for by this section, and all expenses necessarily incurred in the preparation for
             2856      or the conduct of that primary election shall be paid out of the treasury of the county or state, in
             2857      the same manner as for the regular general elections.
             2858          Section 80. Section 20A-9-503 is amended to read:
             2859           20A-9-503. Certificate of nomination -- Filing -- Fees.
             2860          (1) After the certificate of nomination has been certified, executed, and acknowledged by
             2861      the county clerk, the candidate shall:
             2862          (a) between March 7 and March 17 of the year in which the regular general election will
             2863      be held, file the petition in person with:
             2864          (i) the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission, if the office the candidate seeks
             2865      is a constitutional office or a federal office; or
             2866          (ii) the county clerk, if the office the candidate seeks is a county office; and
             2867          (iii) pay the filing fee; or
             2868          (b) not later than the sixth Tuesday before the primary election date, file the petition in
             2869      person with:
             2870          (i) the municipal clerk, if the candidate seeks an office in a city or town;
             2871          (ii) the special district clerk, if the candidate seeks an office in a special district; and
             2872          (iii) pay the filing fee.
             2873          (2) (a) At the time of filing, and before accepting the petition, the filing officer shall read
             2874      the constitutional and statutory requirements for candidacy to the candidate.
             2875          (b) If the candidate states that he does not meet the requirements, the filing officer may not
             2876      accept the petition.
             2877          (3) Persons filing a certificate of nomination for President of the United States under this
             2878      section shall pay a filing fee of $500.
             2879          Section 81. Section 20A-9-601 is amended to read:


             2880           20A-9-601. Qualifying as a write-in candidate.
             2881          (1) (a) Each person wishing to become a valid write-in candidate shall file a declaration of
             2882      candidacy with the appropriate filing officer not later than 14 days before the regular general
             2883      election or municipal general election in which the person intends to be a write-in candidate.
             2884          (b) (i) The filing officer shall:
             2885          (A) read to the candidate the constitutional and statutory requirements for the office; and
             2886          (B) ask the candidate whether or not the candidate meets the requirements.
             2887          (ii) If the candidate cannot meet the requirements of office, the filing officer may not
             2888      accept the write-in candidate's declaration of candidacy.
             2889          (2) A write-in candidate in towns need not prequalify with the filing officer.
             2890          (3) By November 1 of each regular general election year, the [lieutenant governor] State
             2891      Elections Commission shall certify to each county clerk the names of all write-in candidates who
             2892      filed their declaration of candidacy with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission.
             2893          Section 82. Section 20A-9-701 is amended to read:
             2894           20A-9-701. Certification of party candidates to county clerks.
             2895          By September 1 of each regular general election year, the [lieutenant governor] State
             2896      Elections Commission shall certify to each county clerk the names of each candidate, including
             2897      candidates for president and vice president, certified by each registered political party as that
             2898      party's nominees for offices to be voted upon at the regular general election in that county clerk's
             2899      county.
             2900          Section 83. Section 20A-9-802 is amended to read:
             2901           20A-9-802. Western States Presidential Primary established -- Other ballot issues
             2902      prohibited.
             2903          (1) (a) There is established a Western States Presidential Primary election to be held the
             2904      first Friday after the first Monday in March in the year in which a presidential election will be held.
             2905          (b) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, county clerks shall administer
             2906      the Western States Presidential Primary according to the provisions of Title 20A, Election Code,
             2907      including:
             2908          (i) Title 20A, Chapter 1, General Provisions;
             2909          (ii) Title 20A, Chapter 2, Voter Registration;
             2910          (iii) Title 20A, Chapter 3, Voting;


             2911          (iv) Title 20A, Chapter 4, Election Returns and Election Contests;
             2912          (v) Title 20A, Chapter 5, Election Administration; and
             2913          (vi) Title 20A, Chapter 6, Ballot Form.
             2914          (c) (i) The county clerks shall ensure that the ballot voted by the voters at the Western
             2915      States Presidential Primary contains only the names of candidates for President of the United
             2916      States who have qualified as provided in this part.
             2917          (ii) The county clerks may not present any other items to the voters to be voted upon at this
             2918      election.
             2919          (2) Registered political parties, and candidates for President of the United States who are
             2920      affiliated with a registered political party, may participate in the Western States Presidential
             2921      Primary established by this part.
             2922          (3) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political party
             2923      wishing to participate in Utah's Western States Presidential Primary shall:
             2924          (a) declare their intent to participate in the Western States Presidential Primary;
             2925          (b) identify one or more registered political parties whose members may vote for the
             2926      registered political party's candidates and whether or not persons identified as unaffiliated with a
             2927      political party may vote for the registered political party's candidates; and
             2928          (c) certify that information to the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission no
             2929      later than 5 p.m. on the June 30 of the year before the year in which the presidential primary will
             2930      be held.
             2931          Section 84. Section 20A-9-803 is amended to read:
             2932           20A-9-803. Declaration of candidacy -- Filing fee -- Form.
             2933          (1) (a) Candidates for President of the United States who are affiliated with a registered
             2934      political party in Utah that has elected to participate in Utah's Western States Presidential Primary
             2935      and who wish to participate in the primary shall:
             2936          (i) except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), file a declaration of candidacy, in person or
             2937      via a designated agent, with the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission between July
             2938      1 of the year before the primary election will be held and 5 p.m. on January 15 of the year in
             2939      which the primary election will be held;
             2940          (ii) identify the registered political party whose nomination the candidate is seeking;
             2941          (iii) provide a letter from the registered political party certifying that the candidate may


             2942      participate as a candidate for that party in that party's presidential primary election; and
             2943          (iv) pay the filing fee of $500.
             2944          (b) If January 15 is a Saturday or Sunday, the filing time shall be extended until 5 p.m.
             2945      on the following Monday.
             2946          (2) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission shall develop a declaration of
             2947      candidacy form for presidential candidates participating in the primary.
             2948          Section 85. Section 20A-9-805 is amended to read:
             2949           20A-9-805. Closed primary -- Determining party affiliation -- Changing party
             2950      affiliation.
             2951          (1) If a registered political party has restricted voting for its presidential candidates as
             2952      authorized by Subsection 20A-9-802 (3)(b), the [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission
             2953      shall direct the county clerks and other election officials to allow only those voters meeting the
             2954      registered political party's criteria to vote for that party's presidential candidates.
             2955          (2) (a) For each person who registers to vote on or after May 3, 1999, the county clerk
             2956      shall:
             2957          (i) record the party affiliation designated by the voter on the voter registration form as the
             2958      voter's party affiliation; or
             2959          (ii) if no political party affiliation is designated by the voter on the voter registration form,
             2960      record the voter's party affiliation as "unaffiliated."
             2961          (b) Any registered voter may designate or change the voter's political party affiliation by
             2962      complying with the procedures and requirements of Section 20A-2-107 or Section 20A-9-808 .
             2963          Section 86. Section 20A-9-806 is amended to read:
             2964           20A-9-806. Ballots.
             2965          (1) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission, together with county clerks,
             2966      suppliers of election materials, and representatives of registered political parties, shall:
             2967          (a) develop paper ballots, ballot labels, and ballot cards to be used in Utah's Western States
             2968      Presidential Primary;
             2969          (b) ensure that the paper ballots, ballot labels, and ballot cards comply generally with the
             2970      requirements of Title 20A, Chapter 6, Part 1, General Requirements for All Ballots; and
             2971          (c) provide voting booths, election records and supplies, and ballot boxes for each voting
             2972      precinct as required by Section 20A-5-403 .


             2973          (2) (a) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsections (1)(b) and (c), Title 20A, Chapter
             2974      6, Part 1, General Requirements for All Ballots, and Section 20A-5-403 , the [lieutenant governor]
             2975      State Elections Commission, together with county clerks, suppliers of election materials, and
             2976      representatives of registered political parties shall ensure that the paper ballots, ballot labels, ballot
             2977      cards, and voting booths, election records and supplies, and ballot boxes:
             2978          (i) facilitate the distribution, voting, and tallying of ballots in a closed primary;
             2979          (ii) simplify the task of election judges, particularly in determining a voter's party
             2980      affiliation;
             2981          (iii) minimize the possibility of spoiled ballots due to voter confusion; and
             2982          (iv) protect against fraud.
             2983          (b) To accomplish the requirements of this Subsection (2), the [lieutenant governor] State
             2984      Elections Commission, county clerks, suppliers of election materials, and representatives of
             2985      registered political parties shall:
             2986          (i) mark, prepunch, or otherwise identify ballot cards as being for a particular registered
             2987      political party; and
             2988          (ii) instruct persons counting the ballots to count only those votes for candidates from the
             2989      registered political party whose ballot the voter received.
             2990          (c) To accomplish the requirements of this Subsection (2), the [lieutenant governor] State
             2991      Elections Commission, county clerks, suppliers of election materials, and representatives of
             2992      registered political parties may:
             2993          (i) notwithstanding the requirements of Sections 20A-6-101 and 20A-6-102 , use different
             2994      colored ballot cards for each registered political party;
             2995          (ii) place ballot labels for each registered political party in different voting booths and
             2996      direct voters to the particular voting booth for the political party whose ballot they are voting; or
             2997          (iii) consider other means of accomplishing the objectives outlined in Subsection (2)(a).
             2998          Section 87. Section 20A-9-809 is amended to read:
             2999           20A-9-809. Counting votes -- Canvass -- Certification of results.
             3000          (1) Votes shall be counted, results tabulated, returns transmitted, ballots reviewed and
             3001      retained, returns canvassed, and recounts and election contests conducted as provided in Title 20A,
             3002      Chapter 4, Election Returns and Election Contests.
             3003          (2) After the canvass is complete and the report prepared, the [lieutenant governor] State


             3004      Elections Commission shall transmit a copy of the report to each registered political party that
             3005      participated in Utah's Western States Presidential Primary.
             3006          Section 88. Section 20A-10-201 is amended to read:
             3007           20A-10-201. Term limits -- State officers.
             3008          (1) (a) A state executive officer may not seek reelection or be elected to an office if, by the
             3009      end of the state officer's current term, the state officer will have served, or but for resignation
             3010      would have served, 12 or more consecutive years.
             3011          (b) The [lieutenant governor] State Elections Commission may not certify the name of any
             3012      state officer for placement on the ballot if, by the end of the state officer's current term, the state
             3013      officer will have served, or but for resignation would have served, 12 or more consecutive years.
             3014          (c) A county clerk may not allow the name of any state officer to be printed on a ballot if,
             3015      by the end of the state officer's current term, the state officer will have served, or but for
             3016      resignation would have served, 12 or more consecutive years.
             3017          (d) The state board of canvassers may not declare any state officer "elected" if, by the end
             3018      of the state officer's current term, the state officer will have served, or but for resignation would
             3019      have served, 12 or more consecutive years.
             3020          (2) (a) A state representative may not