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ELECTION LAW - BALLOT PROPOSITION

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AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Christine A. Johnson

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Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies ballot proposition numbering requirements under the Election Code.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies definitions;
             14          .    requires that the certified ballot titles of ballot propositions or ballot questions be
             15      submitted to the election officer before a set time before each election;
             16          .    requires that proposed constitutional amendments appearing on a ballot be identified
             17      by a letter of the alphabet;
             18          .    provides that bond issues on the ballot are identified by a title as provided according
             19      to procedures in Title 11, Chapter 14, Local Government Bonding Act;
             20          .    requires that all state and local ballot propositions, including opinion questions, state
             21      and local initiatives, state and local referendums, and other ballot issues appearing on
             22      the ballot, be identified by a unique number assigned by the lieutenant governor;
             23          .    provides that numbers for ballot propositions be assigned by the lieutenant governor
             24      in the order that each number request is received;
             25          .    provides procedures for determining whether similar ballot issues should be assigned
             26      the same number;
             27          .    eliminates duplicate references; and
             28          .    makes technical changes.
             29      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:


             30          None
             31      Other Special Clauses:
             32          None
             33      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             34      AMENDS:
             35          20A-1-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapters 75, 256, 285, and 329
             36          20A-6-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 326
             37          20A-6-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 198
             38          20A-6-304, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 198
             39          20A-6-402, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 75
             40          20A-7-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 238
             41          20A-7-209, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 236
             42          20A-7-308, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapters 57, 65, and 169
             43          20A-7-508, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 27
             44          20A-7-608, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 27
             45      ENACTS:
             46          20A-6-106, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             47          20A-6-107, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             48     
             49      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             50          Section 1. Section 20A-1-102 is amended to read:
             51           20A-1-102. Definitions.
             52          As used in this title:
             53          (1) "Active voter" means a registered voter who has not been classified as an inactive
             54      voter by the county clerk.
             55          (2) "Automatic tabulating equipment" means apparatus that automatically examines and
             56      counts votes recorded on paper ballots or ballot sheets and tabulates the results.
             57          (3) "Ballot" means the storage medium, whether paper, mechanical, or electronic, upon


             58      which a voter records his votes and includes ballot sheets, paper ballots, electronic ballots, and
             59      secrecy envelopes.
             60          (4) "Ballot sheet":
             61          (a) means a ballot that:
             62          (i) consists of paper or a card where the voter's votes are marked or recorded; and
             63          (ii) can be counted using automatic tabulating equipment; and
             64          (b) includes punch card ballots, and other ballots that are machine-countable.
             65          (5) "Ballot label" means the cards, papers, booklet, pages, or other materials that
             66      contain the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to be voted on
             67      and which are used in conjunction with ballot sheets that do not display that information.
             68          (6) "Ballot proposition" means a question, issue, or proposal that is submitted to voters
             69      on the ballot for their approval or rejection including:
             70          (a) an opinion [questions] question specifically authorized by the Legislature[,];
             71          (b) a constitutional [amendments, initiatives, referenda, and] amendment;
             72          (c) an initiative;
             73          (d) a referendum;
             74          (e) a bond proposition;
             75          (f) a judicial retention [questions that are submitted to the voters for their approval or
             76      rejection] question; or
             77          (g) any other ballot question.
             78          (7) "Board of canvassers" means the entities established by Sections 20A-4-301 and
             79      20A-4-306 to canvass election returns.
             80          (8) "Bond election" means an election held for the purpose of approving or rejecting the
             81      proposed issuance of bonds by a government entity.
             82          (9) "Book voter registration form" means voter registration forms contained in a bound
             83      book that are used by election officers and registration agents to register persons to vote.
             84          (10) "By-mail voter registration form" means a voter registration form designed to be
             85      completed by the voter and mailed to the election officer.


             86          (11) "Canvass" means the review of election returns and the official declaration of
             87      election results by the board of canvassers.
             88          (12) "Canvassing judge" means a poll worker designated to assist in counting ballots at
             89      the canvass.
             90          (13) "Convention" means the political party convention at which party officers and
             91      delegates are selected.
             92          (14) "Counting center" means one or more locations selected by the election officer in
             93      charge of the election for the automatic counting of ballots.
             94          (15) "Counting judge" means a poll worker designated to count the ballots during
             95      election day.
             96          (16) "Counting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in Section
             97      20A-3-201 to witness the counting of ballots.
             98          (17) "Counting room" means a suitable and convenient private place or room,
             99      immediately adjoining the place where the election is being held, for use by the poll workers and
             100      counting judges to count ballots during election day.
             101          (18) "County executive" has the meaning as provided in Subsection 68-3-12 (2).
             102          (19) "County legislative body" has the meaning as provided in Subsection 68-3-12 (2).
             103          (20) "County officers" means those county officers that are required by law to be
             104      elected.
             105          (21) "Election" means a regular general election, a municipal general election, a
             106      statewide special election, a local special election, a regular primary election, a municipal
             107      primary election, and a local district election.
             108          (22) "Election Assistance Commission" means the commission established by Public
             109      Law 107-252, the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
             110          (23) "Election cycle" means the period beginning on the first day persons are eligible to
             111      file declarations of candidacy and ending when the canvass is completed.
             112          (24) "Election judge" means a poll worker that is assigned to:
             113          (a) preside over other poll workers at a polling place;


             114          (b) act as the presiding election judge; or
             115          (c) serve as a canvassing judge, counting judge, or receiving judge.
             116          (25) "Election officer" means:
             117          (a) the lieutenant governor, for all statewide ballots;
             118          (b) the county clerk or clerks for all county ballots and for certain ballots and elections
             119      as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ;
             120          (c) the municipal clerk for all municipal ballots and for certain ballots and elections as
             121      provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ;
             122          (d) the local district clerk or chief executive officer for certain ballots and elections as
             123      provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ; and
             124          (e) the business administrator or superintendent of a school district for certain ballots or
             125      elections as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 .
             126          (26) "Election official" means any election officer, election judge, or poll worker.
             127          (27) "Election results" means, for bond elections, the count of those votes cast for and
             128      against the bond proposition plus any or all of the election returns that the board of canvassers
             129      may request.
             130          (28) "Election returns" includes the pollbook, all affidavits of registration, the military
             131      and overseas absentee voter registration and voting certificates, one of the tally sheets, any
             132      unprocessed absentee ballots, all counted ballots, all excess ballots, all unused ballots, all spoiled
             133      ballots, the ballot disposition form, and the total votes cast form.
             134          (29) "Electronic ballot" means a ballot that is recorded using a direct electronic voting
             135      device or other voting device that records and stores ballot information by electronic means.
             136          (30) (a) "Electronic voting device" means a voting device that uses electronic ballots.
             137          (b) "Electronic voting device" includes a direct recording electronic voting device.
             138          (31) "Inactive voter" means a registered voter who has been sent the notice required by
             139      Section 20A-2-306 and who has failed to respond to that notice.
             140          (32) "Inspecting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in this title to
             141      witness the receipt and safe deposit of voted and counted ballots.


             142          (33) "Judicial office" means the office filled by any judicial officer.
             143          (34) "Judicial officer" means any justice or judge of a court of record or any county
             144      court judge.
             145          (35) "Local district" means a local government entity under Title 17B, Limited Purpose
             146      Local Government Entities - Local Districts, and includes a special service district under Title
             147      17A, Chapter 2, Part 13, Utah Special Service District Act.
             148          (36) "Local district officers" means those local district officers that are required by law
             149      to be elected.
             150          (37) "Local election" means a regular municipal election, a local special election, a local
             151      district election, and a bond election.
             152          (38) "Local political subdivision" means a county, a municipality, a local district, or a
             153      local school district.
             154          (39) "Local special election" means a special election called by the governing body of a
             155      local political subdivision in which all registered voters of the local political subdivision may
             156      vote.
             157          (40) "Municipal executive" means:
             158          (a) the city council or town council in the traditional management arrangement
             159      established by Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 1, Governing Body;
             160          (b) the mayor in the council-mayor optional form of government defined in Section
             161      10-3-101 ; and
             162          (c) the manager in the council-manager optional form of government defined in Section
             163      10-3-101 .
             164          (41) "Municipal general election" means the election held in municipalities and local
             165      districts on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year for
             166      the purposes established in Section 20A-1-202 .
             167          (42) "Municipal legislative body" means:
             168          (a) the city council or town council in the traditional management arrangement
             169      established by Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 1, Governing Body;


             170          (b) the municipal council in the council-mayor optional form of government defined in
             171      Section 10-3-101 ; and
             172          (c) the municipal council in the council-manager optional form of government defined in
             173      Section 10-3-101 .
             174          (43) "Municipal officers" means those municipal officers that are required by law to be
             175      elected.
             176          (44) "Municipal primary election" means an election held to nominate candidates for
             177      municipal office.
             178          (45) "Official ballot" means the ballots distributed by the election officer to the poll
             179      workers to be given to voters to record their votes.
             180          (46) "Official endorsement" means:
             181          (a) the information on the ballot that identifies:
             182          (i) the ballot as an official ballot;
             183          (ii) the date of the election; and
             184          (iii) the facsimile signature of the election officer; and
             185          (b) the information on the ballot stub that identifies:
             186          (i) the poll worker's initials; and
             187          (ii) the ballot number.
             188          (47) "Official register" means the official record furnished to election officials by the
             189      election officer that contains the information required by Section 20A-5-401 .
             190          (48) "Paper ballot" means a paper that contains:
             191          (a) the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to be
             192      voted on; and
             193          (b) spaces for the voter to record his vote for each office and for or against each ballot
             194      proposition.
             195          (49) "Political party" means an organization of registered voters that has qualified to
             196      participate in an election by meeting the requirements of Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party
             197      Formation and Procedures.


             198          (50) (a) "Poll worker" means a person assigned by an election official to assist with an
             199      election, voting, or counting votes.
             200          (b) "Poll worker" includes election judges.
             201          (c) "Poll worker" does not include a watcher.
             202          (51) "Pollbook" means a record of the names of voters in the order that they appear to
             203      cast votes.
             204          (52) "Polling place" means the building where voting is conducted.
             205          (53) "Position" means a square, circle, rectangle, or other geometric shape on a ballot in
             206      which the voter marks his choice.
             207          (54) "Provisional ballot" means a ballot voted provisionally by a person:
             208          (a) whose name is not listed on the official register at the polling place;
             209          (b) whose legal right to vote is challenged as provided in this title; or
             210          (c) whose identity was not sufficiently established by a poll worker.
             211          (55) "Provisional ballot envelope" means an envelope printed in the form required by
             212      Section 20A-6-105 that is used to identify provisional ballots and to provide information to
             213      verify a person's legal right to vote.
             214          (56) "Primary convention" means the political party conventions at which nominees for
             215      the regular primary election are selected.
             216          (57) "Protective counter" means a separate counter, which cannot be reset, that is built
             217      into a voting machine and records the total number of movements of the operating lever.
             218          (58) "Qualify" or "qualified" means to take the oath of office and begin performing the
             219      duties of the position for which the person was elected.
             220          (59) "Receiving judge" means the poll worker that checks the voter's name in the
             221      official register, provides the voter with a ballot, and removes the ballot stub from the ballot
             222      after the voter has voted.
             223          (60) "Registration form" means a book voter registration form and a by-mail voter
             224      registration form.
             225          (61) "Regular ballot" means a ballot that is not a provisional ballot.


             226          (62) "Regular general election" means the election held throughout the state on the first
             227      Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year for the purposes
             228      established in Section 20A-1-201 .
             229          (63) "Regular primary election" means the election on the fourth Tuesday of June of
             230      each even-numbered year, at which candidates of political parties and nonpolitical groups are
             231      voted for nomination.
             232          (64) "Resident" means a person who resides within a specific voting precinct in Utah.
             233          (65) "Sample ballot" means a mock ballot similar in form to the official ballot printed
             234      and distributed as provided in Section 20A-5-405 .
             235          (66) "Scratch vote" means to mark or punch the straight party ticket and then mark or
             236      punch the ballot for one or more candidates who are members of different political parties.
             237          (67) "Secrecy envelope" means the envelope given to a voter along with the ballot into
             238      which the voter places the ballot after he has voted it in order to preserve the secrecy of the
             239      voter's vote.
             240          (68) "Special election" means an election held as authorized by Section 20A-1-204 .
             241          (69) "Spoiled ballot" means each ballot that:
             242          (a) is spoiled by the voter;
             243          (b) is unable to be voted because it was spoiled by the printer or a poll worker; or
             244          (c) lacks the official endorsement.
             245          (70) "Statewide special election" means a special election called by the governor or the
             246      Legislature in which all registered voters in Utah may vote.
             247          (71) "Stub" means the detachable part of each ballot.
             248          (72) "Substitute ballots" means replacement ballots provided by an election officer to
             249      the poll workers when the official ballots are lost or stolen.
             250          (73) "Ticket" means each list of candidates for each political party or for each group of
             251      petitioners.
             252          (74) "Transfer case" means the sealed box used to transport voted ballots to the
             253      counting center.


             254          (75) "Vacancy" means the absence of a person to serve in any position created by
             255      statute, whether that absence occurs because of death, disability, disqualification, resignation, or
             256      other cause.
             257          (76) "Valid voter identification" means:
             258          (a) a form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter which may
             259      include:
             260          (i) a currently valid Utah driver license;
             261          (ii) a currently valid identification card that is issued by:
             262          (A) the state;
             263          (B) a local government within the state; or
             264          (C) a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
             265          (iii) an identification card that is issued by an employer for an employee;
             266          (iv) a currently valid identification card that is issued by a college, university, technical
             267      school, or professional school that is located within the state;
             268          (v) a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
             269          (vi) a currently valid United States passport; or
             270          (vii) a valid tribal identification card; or
             271          (b) two forms of identification that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence that
             272      the voter resides in the voting precinct, which may include:
             273          (i) a voter identification card;
             274          (ii) a current utility bill or a legible copy thereof;
             275          (iii) a bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof;
             276          (iv) a certified birth certificate;
             277          (v) a valid Social Security card;
             278          (vi) a check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof;
             279          (vii) a paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy thereof;
             280          (viii) a currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
             281          (ix) a currently valid United States military identification card;


             282          (x) certified naturalization documentation;
             283          (xi) a currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
             284          (xii) a certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change;
             285          (xiii) a Bureau of Indian Affairs card;
             286          (xiv) a tribal treaty card;
             287          (xv) a valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card; or
             288          (xvi) a form of identification listed in Subsection (76)(a) that does not contain a
             289      photograph, but establishes the name of the voter and provides evidence that the voter resides in
             290      the voting precinct.
             291          (77) "Valid write-in candidate" means a candidate who has qualified as a write-in
             292      candidate by following the procedures and requirements of this title.
             293          (78) "Voter" means a person who meets the requirements for voting in an election,
             294      meets the requirements of election registration, is registered to vote, and is listed in the official
             295      register book.
             296          (79) "Voter registration deadline" means the registration deadline provided in Section
             297      20A-2-102.5 .
             298          (80) "Voting area" means the area within six feet of the voting booths, voting machines,
             299      and ballot box.
             300          (81) "Voting booth" means:
             301          (a) the space or compartment within a polling place that is provided for the preparation
             302      of ballots, including the voting machine enclosure or curtain; or
             303          (b) a voting device that is free standing.
             304          (82) "Voting device" means:
             305          (a) an apparatus in which ballot sheets are used in connection with a punch device for
             306      piercing the ballots by the voter;
             307          (b) a device for marking the ballots with ink or another substance;
             308          (c) an electronic voting device or other device used to make selections and cast a ballot
             309      electronically, or any component thereof;


             310          (d) an automated voting system under Section 20A-5-302 ; or
             311          (e) any other method for recording votes on ballots so that the ballot may be tabulated
             312      by means of automatic tabulating equipment.
             313          (83) "Voting machine" means a machine designed for the sole purpose of recording and
             314      tabulating votes cast by voters at an election.
             315          (84) "Voting poll watcher" means a person appointed as provided in this title to witness
             316      the distribution of ballots and the voting process.
             317          (85) "Voting precinct" means the smallest voting unit established as provided by law
             318      within which qualified voters vote at one polling place.
             319          (86) "Watcher" means a voting poll watcher, a counting poll watcher, an inspecting poll
             320      watcher, and a testing watcher.
             321          (87) "Western States Presidential Primary" means the election established in Title 20A,
             322      Chapter 9, Part 8.
             323          (88) "Write-in ballot" means a ballot containing any write-in votes.
             324          (89) "Write-in vote" means a vote cast for a person whose name is not printed on the
             325      ballot according to the procedures established in this title.
             326          Section 2. Section 20A-6-106 is enacted to read:
             327          20A-6-106. Deadline for submission of ballot titles.
             328          Unless otherwise specifically provided for by statute, the certified ballot title of each
             329      ballot proposition, ballot question, or ballot issue shall be submitted to the election officer no
             330      later than 60 days before the date of the election at which the matter will be submitted to the
             331      voters.
             332          Section 3. Section 20A-6-107 is enacted to read:
             333          20A-6-107. Numbering of ballot propositions and bond propositions -- Duties of
             334      election officer and lieutenant governor.
             335          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (1)(b) and (1)(c), each ballot proposition shall
             336      be listed on the ballot under the heading "Proposition #___", with the number of the ballot
             337      proposition placed in the blank.


             338          (b) Each proposed amendment to the Utah Constitution shall be listed on the ballot
             339      under the heading "Constitutional Amendment ___", with a letter placed in the blank.
             340          (c) Each bond proposition that has qualified for the ballot shall be listed on the ballot
             341      under the title assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             342          (2) (a) When an election officer or other person given authority to prepare or number
             343      ballot propositions receives a ballot proposition that is eligible for inclusion on the ballot, they
             344      shall ask the lieutenant governor to assign a number to the ballot proposition.
             345          (b) (i) Upon request from an election officer or other person given authority to prepare
             346      or number ballot propositions, the lieutenant governor shall assign each ballot proposition a
             347      unique number, except as provided under Subsection (2)(b)(iii).
             348          (ii) Ballot proposition numbers shall be assigned sequentially, in the order requests for
             349      ballot proposition numbers are received.
             350          (iii) The same ballot proposition number may be assigned to multiple ballot propositions
             351      if:
             352          (A) the sponsors of each ballot proposition agree, in writing, to share the number; and
             353          (B) the ballot propositions sharing the same number are identical in their terms,
             354      purpose, and effect, with jurisdiction being the only significant difference between the ballot
             355      propositions.
             356          Section 4. Section 20A-6-301 is amended to read:
             357           20A-6-301. Paper ballots -- Regular general election.
             358          (1) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             359          (a) all paper ballots furnished for use at the regular general election contain no captions
             360      or other endorsements except as provided in this section;
             361          (b) (i) the paper ballot contains a ballot stub at least one inch wide, placed across the
             362      top of the ballot, and divided from the rest of ballot by a perforated line;
             363          (ii) the ballot number and the words " Poll Worker's Initial ____" are printed on the
             364      stub; and
             365          (iii) ballot stubs are numbered consecutively;


             366          (c) immediately below the perforated ballot stub, the following endorsements are
             367      printed in 18-point bold type:
             368          (i) "Official Ballot for ____ County, Utah";
             369          (ii) the date of the election; and
             370          (iii) a facsimile of the signature of the county clerk and the words "county clerk";
             371          (d) each ticket is placed in a separate column on the ballot in the order determined by
             372      the election officer with the party emblem, followed by the party name, at the head of the
             373      column;
             374          (e) the party name or title is printed in capital letters not less than 1/4 of an inch high;
             375          (f) a circle 1/2 inch in diameter is printed immediately below the party name or title, and
             376      the top of the circle is placed not less than two inches below the perforated line;
             377          (g) unaffiliated candidates and candidates not affiliated with a registered political party
             378      are listed in one column, without a party circle, with the following instructions printed at the
             379      head of the column: "All candidates not affiliated with a political party are listed below. They
             380      are to be considered with all offices and candidates listed to the left. Only one vote is allowed
             381      for each office.";
             382          (h) the columns containing the lists of candidates, including the party name and device,
             383      are separated by heavy parallel lines;
             384          (i) the offices to be filled are plainly printed immediately above the names of the
             385      candidates for those offices;
             386          (j) the names of candidates are printed in capital letters, not less than 1/8 nor more than
             387      1/4 of an inch high in heavy-faced type not smaller than ten-point, between lines or rules 3/8 of
             388      an inch apart;
             389          (k) a square with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in length is printed at the
             390      right of the name of each candidate;
             391          (l) for the offices of president and vice president and governor and lieutenant governor,
             392      one square with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in length is printed opposite a
             393      double bracket enclosing the right side of the names of the two candidates;


             394          (m) immediately to the right of the unaffiliated ticket on the ballot, the ballot contains a
             395      write-in column long enough to contain as many written names of candidates as there are
             396      persons to be elected with:
             397          (i) for each office on the ballot, the office to be filled plainly printed immediately above:
             398          (A) a blank, horizontal line to enable the entry of a valid write-in candidate and a square
             399      with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in length printed at the right of the blank
             400      horizontal line; or
             401          (B) for the offices of president and vice president and governor and lieutenant
             402      governor, two blank horizontal lines, one placed above the other, to enable the entry of two
             403      valid write-in candidates, and one square with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in
             404      length printed opposite a double bracket enclosing the right side of the two blank horizontal
             405      lines; and
             406          (ii) the words "Write-In Voting Column" printed at the head of the column without a
             407      1/2 inch circle;
             408          (n) when required, the ballot includes a nonpartisan ticket placed immediately to the
             409      right of the write-in ticket with the word "NONPARTISAN" in reverse type in an 18-point solid
             410      rule running vertically the full length of the nonpartisan ballot copy; and
             411          (o) constitutional amendments or other questions submitted to the vote of the people,
             412      are printed on the ballot after the list of candidates.
             413          (2) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             414          (a) each person nominated by any political party or group of petitioners is placed on the
             415      ballot:
             416          (i) under the party name and emblem, if any; or
             417          (ii) under the title of the party or group as designated by them in their certificates of
             418      nomination or petition, or, if none is designated, then under some suitable title;
             419          (b) the names of all unaffiliated candidates that qualify as required in Title 20A, Chapter
             420      9, Part 5, Candidates not Affiliated with a Party, are placed on the ballot;
             421          (c) the names of the candidates for president and vice president are used on the ballot


             422      instead of the names of the presidential electors; and
             423          (d) the ballots contain no other names.
             424          (3) When the ballot contains a nonpartisan section, the election officer shall ensure that:
             425          (a) the designation of the office to be filled in the election and the number of candidates
             426      to be elected are printed in type not smaller than eight-point;
             427          (b) the words designating the office are printed flush with the left-hand margin;
             428          (c) the words, "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more" extend to the extreme right of
             429      the column;
             430          (d) the nonpartisan candidates are grouped according to the office for which they are
             431      candidates;
             432          (e) the names in each group are placed in alphabetical order with the surnames last,
             433      except for candidates for the State Board of Education and local school boards;
             434          (f) the names of candidates for the State Board of Education are placed on the ballot as
             435      certified by the lieutenant governor under Section 20A-14-105 ;
             436          (g) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were selected in a
             437      primary election, the name of the candidate who received the most votes in the primary election
             438      is listed first on the ballot;
             439          (h) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were not selected in the
             440      primary election, the names of the candidates are listed on the ballot in the order determined by
             441      a lottery conducted by the county clerk; and
             442          (i) each group is preceded by the designation of the office for which the candidates seek
             443      election, and the words, "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more," according to the number to
             444      be elected.
             445          (4) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             446          (a) proposed amendments to the Utah Constitution are listed on the ballot [under the
             447      heading "Constitutional Amendment Number __" with the number of the constitutional
             448      amendment as assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with
             449      Section 20A-6-107 ;


             450          (b) ballot propositions submitted to the voters [by the Utah Legislature] are listed on
             451      the ballot [under the heading "State Proposition Number __" with the number of the state
             452      proposition as assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank;] in accordance with
             453      Section 20A-6-107 ; and
             454          [(c) propositions submitted to the voters by a county are listed on the ballot under the
             455      heading "County Proposition Number __" with the number of the county proposition as
             456      assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             457          [(d) propositions submitted to the voters by a school district are listed on the ballot
             458      under the heading "School District Proposition Number __" with the number of the school
             459      district proposition as assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             460          [(e) state initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             461      heading "Citizen's State Initiative Number __" with the number of the state initiative as assigned
             462      by Section 20A-7-209 placed in the blank;]
             463          [(f) county initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             464      heading "Citizen's County Initiative Number __" with the number of the county initiative as
             465      assigned under Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             466          [(g) state referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             467      heading "Citizen's State Referendum Number __" with the number of the state referendum as
             468      assigned under Sections 20A-7-209 and 20A-7-308 placed in the blank;]
             469          [(h) county referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             470      heading "Citizen's County Referendum Number __" with the number of the county referendum
             471      as assigned under Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             472          [(i)] (c) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under
             473      the title assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             474          Section 5. Section 20A-6-303 is amended to read:
             475           20A-6-303. Regular general election -- Ballot sheets.
             476          (1) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             477          (a) copy on the ballot sheets or ballot labels, as applicable, are arranged in


             478      approximately the same order as paper ballots;
             479          (b) the titles of offices and the names of candidates are printed in vertical columns or in
             480      a series of separate pages;
             481          (c) the ballot sheet or any pages used for the ballot label are of sufficient number to
             482      include, after the list of candidates:
             483          (i) the names of candidates for judicial offices and any other nonpartisan offices; and
             484          (ii) any ballot propositions submitted to the voters for their approval or rejection;
             485          (d) (i) a voting square or position is included where the voter may record a straight
             486      party ticket vote for all the candidates of one party by one mark or punch; and
             487          (ii) the name of each political party listed in the straight party selection area includes the
             488      word "party" at the end of the party's name;
             489          (e) the tickets are printed in the order determined by the county clerk;
             490          (f) the office titles are printed above or at the side of the names of candidates so as to
             491      indicate clearly the candidates for each office and the number to be elected;
             492          (g) the party designation of each candidate is printed to the right or below the
             493      candidate's name; and
             494          (h) (i) if possible, all candidates for one office are grouped in one column or upon one
             495      page;
             496          (ii) if all candidates for one office cannot be listed in one column or grouped on one
             497      page:
             498          (A) the ballot sheet or ballot label shall be clearly marked to indicate that the list of
             499      candidates is continued on the following column or page; and
             500          (B) approximately the same number of names shall be printed in each column or on
             501      each page; and
             502          (i) arrows shall be used to indicate the place to vote for each candidate and on each
             503      measure.
             504          (2) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             505          (a) proposed amendments to the Utah Constitution are listed [under the heading


             506      "Constitutional Amendment Number __" with the number of the constitutional amendment, as
             507      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             508          (b) ballot propositions submitted to the voters [by the Utah Legislature] are listed
             509      [under the heading "State Proposition Number __" with the number of the state proposition as
             510      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             511      and
             512          [(c) propositions submitted to the voters by a county are listed under the heading
             513      "County Proposition Number __" with the number of the county proposition as assigned by the
             514      county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             515          [(d) propositions submitted to the voters by a school district are listed under the
             516      heading "School District Proposition Number __" with the number of the school district
             517      proposition as assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             518          [(e) state initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             519      "Citizen's State Initiative Number __" with the number of the state initiative as assigned under
             520      Section 20A-7-209 placed in the blank;]
             521          [(f) county initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             522      "Citizen's County Initiative Number __" with the number of the county initiative as assigned
             523      under Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             524          [(g) state referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             525      "Citizen's State Referendum Number __" with the number of the state referendum as assigned
             526      under Sections 20A-7-209 and 20A-7-308 placed in the blank;]
             527          [(h) county referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             528      "Citizen's County Referendum Number __" with the number of the county referendum as
             529      assigned under Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             530          [(i)] (c) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the title
             531      assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             532          Section 6. Section 20A-6-304 is amended to read:
             533           20A-6-304. Regular general election -- Electronic ballots.


             534          (1) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             535          (a) the format and content of the electronic ballot is arranged in approximately the same
             536      order as paper ballots;
             537          (b) the titles of offices and the names of candidates are displayed in vertical columns or
             538      in a series of separate display screens;
             539          (c) the electronic ballot is of sufficient length to include, after the list of candidates:
             540          (i) the names of candidates for judicial offices and any other nonpartisan offices; and
             541          (ii) any ballot propositions submitted to the voters for their approval or rejection;
             542          (d) (i) a voting square or position is included where the voter may record a straight
             543      party ticket vote for all the candidates of one party by making a single selection; and
             544          (ii) the name of each political party listed in the straight party selection area includes the
             545      word "party" at the end of the party's name;
             546          (e) the tickets are displayed in the order determined by the county clerk;
             547          (f) the office titles are displayed above or at the side of the names of candidates so as to
             548      indicate clearly the candidates for each office and the number to be elected;
             549          (g) the party designation of each candidate is displayed adjacent to the candidate's
             550      name; and
             551          (h) if possible, all candidates for one office are grouped in one column or upon one
             552      display screen.
             553          (2) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             554          (a) proposed amendments to the Utah Constitution are displayed [under the heading
             555      "Constitutional Amendment Number __" with the number of the constitutional amendment, as
             556      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             557          (b) ballot propositions submitted to the voters [by the Utah Legislature] are displayed
             558      [under the heading "State Proposition Number __" with the number of the state proposition as
             559      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank;] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             560      and
             561          [(c) propositions submitted to the voters by a county are displayed under the heading


             562      "County Proposition Number __" with the number of the county proposition as assigned by the
             563      county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             564          [(d) propositions submitted to the voters by a school district are displayed under the
             565      heading "School District Proposition Number __" with the number of the school district
             566      proposition as assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             567          [(e) state initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             568      "Citizen's State Initiative Number __" with the number of the state initiative as assigned under
             569      Section 20A-7-209 placed in the blank;]
             570          [(f) county initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             571      "Citizen's County Initiative Number __" with the number of the county initiative as assigned
             572      under Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             573          [(g) state referenda that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             574      "Citizen's State Referendum Number __" with the number of the state referendum as assigned
             575      under Sections 20A-7-209 and 20A-7-308 placed in the blank;]
             576          [(h) county referenda that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             577      "Citizen's County Referendum Number __" with the number of the county referendum as
             578      assigned under Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             579          [(i)] (c) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the title
             580      assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             581          Section 7. Section 20A-6-402 is amended to read:
             582           20A-6-402. Ballots for municipal general elections.
             583          (1) When using a paper ballot at municipal general elections, each election officer shall
             584      ensure that:
             585          (a) the names of the two candidates who received the highest number of votes for
             586      mayor in the municipal primary are placed upon the ballot;
             587          (b) if no municipal primary election was held, the names of the candidates who filed
             588      declarations of candidacy for municipal offices are placed upon the ballot;
             589          (c) for other offices:


             590          (i) twice the number of candidates as there are positions to be filled are certified as
             591      eligible for election in the municipal general election from those candidates who received the
             592      greater number of votes in the primary election; and
             593          (ii) the names of those candidates are placed upon the municipal general election ballot;
             594          (d) a write-in area is placed upon the ballot that contains, for each office:
             595          (i) a blank, horizontal line to enable the entry of a valid write-in candidate; and
             596          (ii) a square or other conforming area that is adjacent to or opposite the blank
             597      horizontal line to enable the voter to indicate the voter's vote;
             598          (e) ballot propositions that have qualified for the ballot, including propositions
             599      submitted to the voters by the municipality, municipal initiatives, and municipal referenda, are
             600      listed on the ballot [under the heading "City (or Town) Proposition Number __" with the
             601      number of the proposition, as assigned by the municipal legislative body placed in the blank;] in
             602      accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ; and
             603          [(f) municipal initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under
             604      the heading "Citizen's City (or Town) Initiative Number __" with the number of the municipal
             605      initiative as assigned by Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             606          [(g) municipal referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under
             607      the heading "Citizen's City (or Town) Referendum Number __" with the number of the
             608      municipal referendum as assigned by Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             609          [(h)] (f) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot
             610      under the title assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             611          (2) When using a punch card ballot at municipal general elections, each election officer
             612      shall ensure that:
             613          (a) (i) the ballot contains a perforated ballot stub at least one inch wide, placed across
             614      the top of the ballot;
             615          (ii) the ballot number and the words "Poll Worker's Initial ____" are printed on the
             616      stub; and
             617          (iii) ballot stubs are numbered consecutively;


             618          (b) immediately below the perforated ballot stub, the following endorsements are
             619      printed in 18-point bold type:
             620          (i) "Official Ballot for ____ (City or Town), Utah";
             621          (ii) the date of the election; and
             622          (iii) a facsimile of the signature of the election officer and the election officer's title in
             623      eight-point type;
             624          (c) immediately below the election officer's title, two one-point parallel horizontal rules
             625      separate endorsements from the rest of the ballot;
             626          (d) immediately below the horizontal rules, an "Instructions to Voters" section is
             627      printed in ten-point bold type that states: "To vote for a candidate, place a cross (X) in the
             628      square following the name(s) of the person(s) you favor as the candidate(s) for each respective
             629      office." followed by two one-point parallel rules;
             630          (e) after the rules, the designation of the office for which the candidates seek election is
             631      printed flush with the left-hand margin and the words: "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or
             632      more" are printed to extend to the extreme right of the column in ten-point bold type, followed
             633      by a hair-line rule;
             634          (f) after the hair-line rule, the names of the candidates are printed in heavy face type
             635      between lines or rules 3/8 inch apart, alphabetically according to surnames with surnames last
             636      and grouped according to the office that they seek;
             637          (g) a square with sides not less than 1/4 inch long is printed to the right of the names of
             638      the candidates;
             639          (h) following the name of the last candidate for each office, the ballot contains:
             640          (i) a write-in space for each elective office where the voter may enter the name of a
             641      valid write-in candidate; and
             642          (ii) a square printed to the right of the write-in space or line where the voter may vote
             643      for the valid write-in candidate; and
             644          (i) the candidate groups are separated from each other by one light and one heavy line
             645      or rule.


             646          (3) When using a ballot sheet other than a punch card ballot at municipal general
             647      elections, each election officer shall ensure that:
             648          (a) (i) the ballot contains a perforated ballot stub placed across the top of the ballot;
             649          (ii) the ballot number and the words "Poll Worker's Initial ____" are printed on the
             650      stub; and
             651          (iii) ballot stubs are numbered consecutively;
             652          (b) immediately below the perforated ballot stub, the following endorsements are
             653      printed:
             654          (i) "Official Ballot for ____ (City or Town), Utah";
             655          (ii) the date of the election; and
             656          (iii) a facsimile of the signature of the election officer and the election officer's title;
             657          (c) immediately below the election officer's title, a distinct border or line separates
             658      endorsements from the rest of the ballot;
             659          (d) immediately below the border or line, an "Instructions to Voters" section is printed
             660      that states: "To vote for a candidate, select the name(s) of the person(s) you favor as the
             661      candidate(s) for each respective office." followed by another border or line;
             662          (e) after the border or line, the designation of the office for which the candidates seek
             663      election is printed and the words: "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more" are printed,
             664      followed by a line or border;
             665          (f) after the line or border, the names of the candidates are printed alphabetically
             666      according to surnames with surnames last and grouped according to the office that they seek;
             667          (g) an oval is printed adjacent to the names of the candidates;
             668          (h) following the name of the last candidate for each office, the ballot contains:
             669          (i) a write-in space or blank line for each elective office where the voter may enter the
             670      name of a valid write-in candidate; and
             671          (ii) an oval is printed adjacent to the write-in space or line where the voter may vote for
             672      the valid write-in candidate; and
             673          (i) the candidate groups are separated from each other by a line or border.


             674          (4) When using an electronic ballot at municipal general elections, each election officer
             675      shall ensure that:
             676          (a) the following endorsements are displayed on the first screen of the ballot:
             677          (i) "Official Ballot for ____ (City or Town), Utah";
             678          (ii) the date of the election; and
             679          (iii) a facsimile of the signature of the election officer and the election officer's title;
             680          (b) immediately below the election officer's title, a distinct border or line separates the
             681      endorsements from the rest of the ballot;
             682          (c) immediately below the border or line, an "Instructions to Voters" section is
             683      displayed that states: "To vote for a candidate, select the name(s) of the person(s) you favor as
             684      the candidate(s) for each respective office." followed by another border or line;
             685          (d) after the border or line, the designation of the office for which the candidates seek
             686      election is displayed, and the words: "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more" are displayed,
             687      followed by a line or border;
             688          (e) after the line or border, the names of the candidates are displayed alphabetically
             689      according to surnames with surnames last and grouped according to the office that they seek;
             690          (f) a voting square or position is located adjacent to the name of each candidate;
             691          (g) following the name of the last candidate for each office, the ballot contains a
             692      write-in space where the voter may enter the name of and vote for a valid write-in candidate for
             693      the office; and
             694          (h) the candidate groups are separated from each other by a line or border.
             695          (5) When a municipality has chosen to nominate candidates by convention or
             696      committee, the election officer shall ensure that the party name is included with the candidate's
             697      name on the ballot.
             698          Section 8. Section 20A-7-103 is amended to read:
             699           20A-7-103. Constitutional amendments and other questions submitted by the
             700      Legislature -- Publication -- Ballot title -- Procedures for submission to popular vote.
             701          (1) The procedures contained in this section govern when[: (a)] the Legislature submits


             702      a proposed constitutional amendment or other question to the voters[; and].
             703          [(b) an act of the Legislature is referred to the voters by referendum petition.]
             704          (2) In addition to the publication in the voter information pamphlet required by Section
             705      20A-7-702 , the lieutenant governor shall, not more than 60 days or less than ten days before the
             706      regular general election, publish the full text of the amendment, question, or statute in at least
             707      one newspaper in every county of the state where a newspaper is published.
             708          (3) The legislative general counsel shall:
             709          (a) entitle each proposed constitutional amendment "Constitutional Amendment
             710      [Number] __" [and give it a number] and assign it a letter according to the requirements of
             711      Section 20A-6-107 ;
             712          (b) entitle each proposed question "[State] Proposition Number __" [and give it a
             713      number] with the number assigned to the proposition under Section 20A-6-107 placed in the
             714      blank;
             715          [(c) entitle each state referendum that has qualified for the ballot "Citizen's State
             716      Referendum Number __" and give it a number;]
             717          [(d)] (c) draft and designate a ballot title for each proposed amendment or question
             718      submitted by the Legislature that summarizes the subject matter of the amendment or question;
             719      and
             720          [(e)] (d) deliver them to the lieutenant governor.
             721          (4) The lieutenant governor shall certify the number and ballot title of each amendment
             722      or question to the county clerk of each county no later than September 1 of each regular general
             723      election year.
             724          (5) The county clerk of each county shall:
             725          (a) ensure that both the number and title of [the] each amendment[,] and question[, or
             726      referendum] is printed on the sample ballots and official ballots; and
             727          (b) publish them as provided by law.
             728          Section 9. Section 20A-7-209 is amended to read:
             729           20A-7-209. Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative


             730      Research and General Counsel.
             731          (1) By July 6 before the regular general election, the lieutenant governor shall deliver a
             732      copy of all of the proposed laws that have qualified for the ballot to the Office of Legislative
             733      Research and General Counsel.
             734          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             735          (i) entitle each state initiative that has qualified for the ballot "[Citizen's State Initiative]
             736      Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned under Section 20A-6-107 ;
             737          (ii) prepare an impartial ballot title for each initiative summarizing the contents of the
             738      measure; and
             739          (iii) return each petition and ballot title to the lieutenant governor by July 20.
             740          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the
             741      initiative petition, and shall be not more than 100 words.
             742          (c) For each state initiative, the official ballot shall show:
             743          (i) the number of the initiative as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and
             744      General Counsel;
             745          (ii) the ballot title as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and General
             746      Counsel; and
             747          (iii) the initial fiscal impact estimate prepared under Section 20A-7-202.5 .
             748          (3) By July 21, the lieutenant governor shall mail a copy of the ballot title to any
             749      sponsor of the petition.
             750          (4) (a) (i) At least three of the sponsors of the petition may, by July 30, challenge the
             751      wording of the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
             752      to the Supreme Court.
             753          (ii) After receipt of the appeal, the Supreme Court shall direct the lieutenant governor
             754      to send notice of the appeal to:
             755          (A) any person or group that has filed an argument for or against the measure that is the
             756      subject of the challenge; or
             757          (B) any political issues committee established under Section 20A-11-801 that has filed


             758      written or electronic notice with the lieutenant governor that identifies the name, mailing or
             759      email address, and telephone number of the person designated to receive notice about any issues
             760      relating to the initiative.
             761          (b) (i) There is a presumption that the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative
             762      Research and General Counsel is an impartial summary of the contents of the initiative.
             763          (ii) The Supreme Court may not revise the wording of the ballot title unless the
             764      plaintiffs rebut the presumption by clearly and convincingly establishing that the ballot title is
             765      patently false or biased.
             766          (c) The Supreme Court shall:
             767          (i) examine the ballot title;
             768          (ii) hear arguments; and
             769          (iii) by August 10, certify to the lieutenant governor a ballot title for the measure that
             770      meets the requirements of this section.
             771          (d) By September 1, the lieutenant governor shall certify the title verified by the
             772      Supreme Court to the county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             773          Section 10. Section 20A-7-308 is amended to read:
             774           20A-7-308. Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative
             775      Research and General Counsel.
             776          (1) Whenever a referendum petition is declared sufficient for submission to a vote of the
             777      people, the lieutenant governor shall deliver a copy of the petition and the proposed law to the
             778      Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.
             779          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             780          (i) entitle each state referendum that has qualified for the ballot "[Citizen's State
             781      Referendum] Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned under Section
             782      20A-6-107 ;
             783          (ii) prepare an impartial ballot title for the referendum summarizing the contents of the
             784      measure; and
             785          (iii) return the petition and the ballot title to the lieutenant governor within 15 days after


             786      its receipt.
             787          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the law that is the subject of the
             788      petition, and shall be not more than 100 words.
             789          (c) The ballot title and the number of the measure as determined by the Office of
             790      Legislative Research and General Counsel shall be printed on the official ballot.
             791          (3) Immediately after the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel files a
             792      copy of the ballot title with the lieutenant governor, the lieutenant governor shall mail a copy of
             793      the ballot title to any of the sponsors of the petition.
             794          (4) (a) (i) At least three of the sponsors of the petition may, within 15 days of the date
             795      the lieutenant governor mails the ballot title, challenge the wording of the ballot title prepared
             796      by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to the Supreme Court.
             797          (ii) After receipt of the appeal, the Supreme Court shall direct the lieutenant governor
             798      to send notice of the appeal to:
             799          (A) any person or group that has filed an argument for or against the measure that is the
             800      subject of the challenge; or
             801          (B) any political issues committee established under Section 20A-11-801 that has filed
             802      written or electronic notice with the lieutenant governor that identifies the name, mailing or
             803      email address, and telephone number of the person designated to receive notice about any issues
             804      relating to the initiative.
             805          (b) (i) There is a presumption that the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative
             806      Research and General Counsel is an impartial summary of the contents of the referendum.
             807          (ii) The Supreme Court may not revise the wording of the ballot title unless the
             808      plaintiffs rebut the presumption by clearly and convincingly establishing that the ballot title is
             809      patently false or biased.
             810          (c) The Supreme Court shall:
             811          (i) examine the ballot title;
             812          (ii) hear arguments; and
             813          (iii) within five days of its decision, certify to the lieutenant governor a ballot title for


             814      the measure that meets the requirements of this section.
             815          (d) The lieutenant governor shall certify the title verified by the Supreme Court to the
             816      county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             817          Section 11. Section 20A-7-508 is amended to read:
             818           20A-7-508. Ballot title -- Duties of local clerk and local attorney.
             819          (1) Whenever an initiative petition is declared sufficient for submission to a vote of the
             820      people, the local clerk shall deliver a copy of the petition and the proposed law to the local
             821      attorney.
             822          (2) The local attorney shall:
             823          (a) entitle each county or municipal initiative that has qualified for the ballot "[Citizen's
             824      County Initiative] Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned under Section
             825      20A-6-107 ;
             826          [(b) entitle each municipal initiative that has qualified for the ballot "Citizen's City (or
             827      Town) Initiative Number __ " and give it a number;]
             828          [(c)] (b) prepare a proposed ballot title for the initiative;
             829          [(d)] (c) file the proposed ballot title and the numbered initiative titles with the local
             830      clerk within 15 days after the date the initiative petition is declared sufficient for submission to a
             831      vote of the people; and
             832          [(e)] (d) promptly provide notice of the filing of the proposed ballot title to:
             833          (i) the sponsors of the petition; and
             834          (ii) the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the initiative petition was
             835      circulated.
             836          (3) (a) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the
             837      initiative petition, and shall express, in not exceeding 100 words, the purpose of the measure.
             838          (b) In preparing a ballot title, the local attorney shall, to the best of his ability, give a
             839      true and impartial statement of the purpose of the measure.
             840          (c) The ballot title may not intentionally be an argument, or likely to create prejudice,
             841      for or against the measure.


             842          (4) (a) Within five calendar days after the date the local attorney files a proposed ballot
             843      title under Subsection (2)[(d)] (c), the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the
             844      initiative petition was circulated and the sponsors of the petition may file written comments in
             845      response to the proposed ballot title with the local clerk.
             846          (b) Within five calendar days after the last date to submit written comments under
             847      Subsection (4)(a), the local attorney shall:
             848          (i) review any written comments filed in accordance with Subsection (4)(a);
             849          (ii) prepare a final ballot title that meets the requirements of Subsection (3); and
             850          (iii) return the petition and file the ballot title with the local clerk.
             851          (c) Subject to Subsection (6), the ballot title, as determined by the local attorney, shall
             852      be printed on the official ballot.
             853          (5) Immediately after the local attorney files a copy of the ballot title with the local
             854      clerk, the local clerk shall serve a copy of the ballot title by mail upon the sponsors of the
             855      petition and the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the initiative petition was
             856      circulated.
             857          (6) (a) If the ballot title furnished by the local attorney is unsatisfactory or does not
             858      comply with the requirements of this section, the decision of the local attorney may be appealed
             859      by a petition to the Supreme Court that is brought by:
             860          (i) at least three sponsors of the initiative petition; or
             861          (ii) a majority of the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the initiative
             862      petition was circulated.
             863          (b) The Supreme Court shall examine the measures and consider arguments, and, in its
             864      decision, may certify to the local clerk a ballot title for the measure that fulfills the intent of this
             865      section.
             866          (c) The local clerk shall print the title certified by the Supreme Court on the official
             867      ballot.
             868          Section 12. Section 20A-7-608 is amended to read:
             869           20A-7-608. Ballot title -- Duties of local clerk and local attorney.


             870          (1) Whenever a referendum petition is declared sufficient for submission to a vote of the
             871      people, the local clerk shall deliver a copy of the petition and the proposed law to the local
             872      attorney.
             873          (2) The local attorney shall:
             874          (a) entitle each county or municipal referendum that has qualified for the ballot
             875      "[Citizen's County Referendum] Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned
             876      under Section 20A-6-107 ;
             877          [(b) entitle each municipal referendum that has qualified for the ballot "Citizen's City (or
             878      Town) Referendum Number __ " and give it a number;]
             879          [(c)] (b) prepare a proposed ballot title for the referendum;
             880          [(d)] (c) file the proposed ballot title and the numbered referendum titles with the local
             881      clerk within 15 days after the date the referendum petition is declared sufficient for submission
             882      to a vote of the people; and
             883          [(e)] (d) promptly provide notice of the filing of the proposed ballot title to:
             884          (i) the sponsors of the petition; and
             885          (ii) the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the referendum petition was
             886      circulated.
             887          (3) (a) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the law that is the subject of the
             888      petition, and shall express, in not exceeding 100 words, the purpose of the measure.
             889          (b) In preparing a ballot title, the local attorney shall, to the best of his ability, give a
             890      true and impartial statement of the purpose of the measure.
             891          (c) The ballot title may not intentionally be an argument, or likely to create prejudice,
             892      for or against the measure.
             893          (4) (a) Within five calendar days after the date the local attorney files a proposed ballot
             894      title under Subsection (2)[(d)] (c), the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the
             895      referendum petition was circulated and the sponsors of the petition may file written comments
             896      in response to the proposed ballot title with the local clerk.
             897          (b) Within five calendar days after the last date to submit written comments under


             898      Subsection (4)(a), the local attorney shall:
             899          (i) review any written comments filed in accordance with Subsection (4)(a);
             900          (ii) prepare a final ballot title that meets the requirements of Subsection (3); and
             901          (iii) return the petition and file the ballot title with the local clerk.
             902          (c) Subject to Subsection (6), the ballot title, as determined by the local attorney, shall
             903      be printed on the official ballot.
             904          (5) Immediately after the local attorney files a copy of the ballot title with the local
             905      clerk, the local clerk shall serve a copy of the ballot title by mail upon the sponsors of the
             906      petition and the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the referendum petition was
             907      circulated.
             908          (6) (a) If the ballot title furnished by the local attorney is unsatisfactory or does not
             909      comply with the requirements of this section, the decision of the local attorney may be appealed
             910      by a petition to the Supreme Court that is brought by:
             911          (i) at least three sponsors of the referendum petition; or
             912          (ii) a majority of the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the referendum
             913      petition was circulated.
             914          (b) The Supreme Court shall examine the measures and consider arguments, and, in its
             915      decision, may certify to the local clerk a ballot title for the measure that fulfills the intent of this
             916      section.
             917          (c) The local clerk shall print the title certified by the Supreme Court on the official
             918      ballot.


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