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H.B. 126

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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 proposition or ballot question 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
             17      identified 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,
             21      state and local initiatives, state and local referendums, and other ballot issues
             22      appearing on the ballot, be identified by a unique number assigned by the lieutenant
             23      governor;
             24          .    provides that numbers for ballot propositions be assigned by the lieutenant governor
             25      in the order that each number request is received;
             26          .    provides procedures for determining whether similar ballot issues should be
             27      assigned the same number;


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


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


             90      the canvass.
             91          (13) "Convention" means the political party convention at which party officers and
             92      delegates are selected.
             93          (14) "Counting center" means one or more locations selected by the election officer in
             94      charge of the election for the automatic counting of ballots.
             95          (15) "Counting judge" means a poll worker designated to count the ballots during
             96      election day.
             97          (16) "Counting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in Section
             98      20A-3-201 to witness the counting of ballots.
             99          (17) "Counting room" means a suitable and convenient private place or room,
             100      immediately adjoining the place where the election is being held, for use by the poll workers
             101      and counting judges to count ballots during election day.
             102          (18) "County executive" has the meaning as provided in Subsection 68-3-12 (2).
             103          (19) "County legislative body" has the meaning as provided in Subsection 68-3-12 (2).
             104          (20) "County officers" means those county officers that are required by law to be
             105      elected.
             106          (21) "Election" means a regular general election, a municipal general election, a
             107      statewide special election, a local special election, a regular primary election, a municipal
             108      primary election, and a local district election.
             109          (22) "Election Assistance Commission" means the commission established by Public
             110      Law 107-252, the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
             111          (23) "Election cycle" means the period beginning on the first day persons are eligible to
             112      file declarations of candidacy and ending when the canvass is completed.
             113          (24) "Election judge" means a poll worker that is assigned to:
             114          (a) preside over other poll workers at a polling place;
             115          (b) act as the presiding election judge; or
             116          (c) serve as a canvassing judge, counting judge, or receiving judge.
             117          (25) "Election officer" means:
             118          (a) the lieutenant governor, for all statewide ballots;
             119          (b) the county clerk or clerks for all county ballots and for certain ballots and elections
             120      as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ;


             121          (c) the municipal clerk for all municipal ballots and for certain ballots and elections as
             122      provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ;
             123          (d) the local district clerk or chief executive officer for certain ballots and elections as
             124      provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ; and
             125          (e) the business administrator or superintendent of a school district for certain ballots
             126      or elections as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 .
             127          (26) "Election official" means any election officer, election judge, or poll worker.
             128          (27) "Election results" means, for bond elections, the count of those votes cast for and
             129      against the bond proposition plus any or all of the election returns that the board of canvassers
             130      may request.
             131          (28) "Election returns" includes the pollbook, all affidavits of registration, the military
             132      and overseas absentee voter registration and voting certificates, one of the tally sheets, any
             133      unprocessed absentee ballots, all counted ballots, all excess ballots, all unused ballots, all
             134      spoiled ballots, the ballot disposition form, and the total votes cast form.
             135          (29) "Electronic ballot" means a ballot that is recorded using a direct electronic voting
             136      device or other voting device that records and stores ballot information by electronic means.
             137          (30) (a) "Electronic voting device" means a voting device that uses electronic ballots.
             138          (b) "Electronic voting device" includes a direct recording electronic voting device.
             139          (31) "Inactive voter" means a registered voter who has been sent the notice required by
             140      Section 20A-2-306 and who has failed to respond to that notice.
             141          (32) "Inspecting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in this title to
             142      witness the receipt and safe deposit of voted and counted ballots.
             143          (33) "Judicial office" means the office filled by any judicial officer.
             144          (34) "Judicial officer" means any justice or judge of a court of record or any county
             145      court judge.
             146          (35) "Local district" means a local government entity under Title 17B, Limited Purpose
             147      Local Government Entities - Local Districts, and includes a special service district under Title
             148      17A, Chapter 2, Part 13, Utah Special Service District Act.
             149          (36) "Local district officers" means those local district officers that are required by law
             150      to be elected.
             151          (37) "Local election" means a regular municipal election, a local special election, a


             152      local district election, and a bond election.
             153          (38) "Local political subdivision" means a county, a municipality, a local district, or a
             154      local school district.
             155          (39) "Local special election" means a special election called by the governing body of a
             156      local political subdivision in which all registered voters of the local political subdivision may
             157      vote.
             158          (40) "Municipal executive" means:
             159          (a) the city council or town council in the traditional management arrangement
             160      established by Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 1, Governing Body;
             161          (b) the mayor in the council-mayor optional form of government defined in Section
             162      10-3-101 ; and
             163          (c) the manager in the council-manager optional form of government defined in
             164      Section 10-3-101 .
             165          (41) "Municipal general election" means the election held in municipalities and local
             166      districts on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year
             167      for the purposes established in Section 20A-1-202 .
             168          (42) "Municipal legislative body" means:
             169          (a) the city council or town council in the traditional management arrangement
             170      established by Title 10, Chapter 3, Part 1, Governing Body;
             171          (b) the municipal council in the council-mayor optional form of government defined in
             172      Section 10-3-101 ; and
             173          (c) the municipal council in the council-manager optional form of government defined
             174      in Section 10-3-101 .
             175          (43) "Municipal officers" means those municipal officers that are required by law to be
             176      elected.
             177          (44) "Municipal primary election" means an election held to nominate candidates for
             178      municipal office.
             179          (45) "Official ballot" means the ballots distributed by the election officer to the poll
             180      workers to be given to voters to record their votes.
             181          (46) "Official endorsement" means:
             182          (a) the information on the ballot that identifies:


             183          (i) the ballot as an official ballot;
             184          (ii) the date of the election; and
             185          (iii) the facsimile signature of the election officer; and
             186          (b) the information on the ballot stub that identifies:
             187          (i) the poll worker's initials; and
             188          (ii) the ballot number.
             189          (47) "Official register" means the official record furnished to election officials by the
             190      election officer that contains the information required by Section 20A-5-401 .
             191          (48) "Paper ballot" means a paper that contains:
             192          (a) the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to be
             193      voted on; and
             194          (b) spaces for the voter to record his vote for each office and for or against each ballot
             195      proposition.
             196          (49) "Political party" means an organization of registered voters that has qualified to
             197      participate in an election by meeting the requirements of Title 20A, Chapter 8, Political Party
             198      Formation and Procedures.
             199          (50) (a) "Poll worker" means a person assigned by an election official to assist with an
             200      election, voting, or counting votes.
             201          (b) "Poll worker" includes election judges.
             202          (c) "Poll worker" does not include a watcher.
             203          (51) "Pollbook" means a record of the names of voters in the order that they appear to
             204      cast votes.
             205          (52) "Polling place" means the building where voting is conducted.
             206          (53) "Position" means a square, circle, rectangle, or other geometric shape on a ballot
             207      in which the voter marks his choice.
             208          (54) "Provisional ballot" means a ballot voted provisionally by a person:
             209          (a) whose name is not listed on the official register at the polling place;
             210          (b) whose legal right to vote is challenged as provided in this title; or
             211          (c) whose identity was not sufficiently established by a poll worker.
             212          (55) "Provisional ballot envelope" means an envelope printed in the form required by
             213      Section 20A-6-105 that is used to identify provisional ballots and to provide information to


             214      verify a person's legal right to vote.
             215          (56) "Primary convention" means the political party conventions at which nominees for
             216      the regular primary election are selected.
             217          (57) "Protective counter" means a separate counter, which cannot be reset, that is built
             218      into a voting machine and records the total number of movements of the operating lever.
             219          (58) "Qualify" or "qualified" means to take the oath of office and begin performing the
             220      duties of the position for which the person was elected.
             221          (59) "Receiving judge" means the poll worker that checks the voter's name in the
             222      official register, provides the voter with a ballot, and removes the ballot stub from the ballot
             223      after the voter has voted.
             224          (60) "Registration form" means a book voter registration form and a by-mail voter
             225      registration form.
             226          (61) "Regular ballot" means a ballot that is not a provisional ballot.
             227          (62) "Regular general election" means the election held throughout the state on the first
             228      Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year for the purposes
             229      established in Section 20A-1-201 .
             230          (63) "Regular primary election" means the election on the fourth Tuesday of June of
             231      each even-numbered year, at which candidates of political parties and nonpolitical groups are
             232      voted for nomination.
             233          (64) "Resident" means a person who resides within a specific voting precinct in Utah.
             234          (65) "Sample ballot" means a mock ballot similar in form to the official ballot printed
             235      and distributed as provided in Section 20A-5-405 .
             236          (66) "Scratch vote" means to mark or punch the straight party ticket and then mark or
             237      punch the ballot for one or more candidates who are members of different political parties.
             238          (67) "Secrecy envelope" means the envelope given to a voter along with the ballot into
             239      which the voter places the ballot after he has voted it in order to preserve the secrecy of the
             240      voter's vote.
             241          (68) "Special election" means an election held as authorized by Section 20A-1-204 .
             242          (69) "Spoiled ballot" means each ballot that:
             243          (a) is spoiled by the voter;
             244          (b) is unable to be voted because it was spoiled by the printer or a poll worker; or


             245          (c) lacks the official endorsement.
             246          (70) "Statewide special election" means a special election called by the governor or the
             247      Legislature in which all registered voters in Utah may vote.
             248          (71) "Stub" means the detachable part of each ballot.
             249          (72) "Substitute ballots" means replacement ballots provided by an election officer to
             250      the poll workers when the official ballots are lost or stolen.
             251          (73) "Ticket" means each list of candidates for each political party or for each group of
             252      petitioners.
             253          (74) "Transfer case" means the sealed box used to transport voted ballots to the
             254      counting center.
             255          (75) "Vacancy" means the absence of a person to serve in any position created by
             256      statute, whether that absence occurs because of death, disability, disqualification, resignation,
             257      or other cause.
             258          (76) "Valid voter identification" means:
             259          (a) a form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter which may
             260      include:
             261          (i) a currently valid Utah driver license;
             262          (ii) a currently valid identification card that is issued by:
             263          (A) the state;
             264          (B) a local government within the state; or
             265          (C) a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
             266          (iii) an identification card that is issued by an employer for an employee;
             267          (iv) a currently valid identification card that is issued by a college, university, technical
             268      school, or professional school that is located within the state;
             269          (v) a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
             270          (vi) a currently valid United States passport; or
             271          (vii) a valid tribal identification card; or
             272          (b) two forms of identification that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence
             273      that the voter resides in the voting precinct, which may include:
             274          (i) a voter identification card;
             275          (ii) a current utility bill or a legible copy thereof;


             276          (iii) a bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof;
             277          (iv) a certified birth certificate;
             278          (v) a valid Social Security card;
             279          (vi) a check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof;
             280          (vii) a paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy thereof;
             281          (viii) a currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
             282          (ix) a currently valid United States military identification card;
             283          (x) certified naturalization documentation;
             284          (xi) a currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
             285          (xii) a certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change;
             286          (xiii) a Bureau of Indian Affairs card;
             287          (xiv) a tribal treaty card;
             288          (xv) a valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card; or
             289          (xvi) a form of identification listed in Subsection (76)(a) that does not contain a
             290      photograph, but establishes the name of the voter and provides evidence that the voter resides
             291      in the voting precinct.
             292          (77) "Valid write-in candidate" means a candidate who has qualified as a write-in
             293      candidate by following the procedures and requirements of this title.
             294          (78) "Voter" means a person who meets the requirements for voting in an election,
             295      meets the requirements of election registration, is registered to vote, and is listed in the official
             296      register book.
             297          (79) "Voter registration deadline" means the registration deadline provided in Section
             298      20A-2-102.5 .
             299          (80) "Voting area" means the area within six feet of the voting booths, voting
             300      machines, and ballot box.
             301          (81) "Voting booth" means:
             302          (a) the space or compartment within a polling place that is provided for the preparation
             303      of ballots, including the voting machine enclosure or curtain; or
             304          (b) a voting device that is free standing.
             305          (82) "Voting device" means:
             306          (a) an apparatus in which ballot sheets are used in connection with a punch device for


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


             338      proposition placed in the blank.
             339          (b) Each proposed amendment to the Utah Constitution shall be listed on the ballot
             340      under the heading "Constitutional Amendment ___", with a letter placed in the blank.
             341          (c) Each bond proposition that has qualified for the ballot shall be listed on the ballot
             342      under the title assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             343          (2) (a) When an election officer or other person given authority to prepare or number
             344      ballot propositions receives a ballot proposition that is eligible for inclusion on the ballot, they
             345      shall ask the lieutenant governor to assign a number to the ballot proposition.
             346          (b) (i) Upon request from an election officer or other person given authority to prepare
             347      or number ballot propositions, the lieutenant governor shall assign each ballot proposition a
             348      unique number, except as provided under Subsection (2)(b)(iii).
             349          (ii) Ballot proposition numbers shall be assigned sequentially, in the order requests for
             350      ballot proposition numbers are received.
             351          (iii) The same ballot proposition number may be assigned to multiple ballot
             352      propositions if:
             353          (A) the sponsors of each ballot proposition agree, in writing, to share the number; and
             354          (B) the ballot propositions sharing the same number are identical in their terms,
             355      purpose, and effect, with jurisdiction being the only significant difference between the ballot
             356      propositions.
             357          Section 4. Section 20A-6-301 is amended to read:
             358           20A-6-301. Paper ballots -- Regular general election.
             359          (1) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             360          (a) all paper ballots furnished for use at the regular general election contain no captions
             361      or other endorsements except as provided in this section;
             362          (b) (i) the paper ballot contains a ballot stub at least one inch wide, placed across the
             363      top of the ballot, and divided from the rest of ballot by a perforated line;
             364          (ii) the ballot number and the words " Poll Worker's Initial ____" are printed on the
             365      stub; and
             366          (iii) ballot stubs are numbered consecutively;
             367          (c) immediately below the perforated ballot stub, the following endorsements are
             368      printed in 18-point bold type:


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


             400          (A) a blank, horizontal line to enable the entry of a valid write-in candidate and a
             401      square with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in length printed at the right of the
             402      blank horizontal line; or
             403          (B) for the offices of president and vice president and governor and lieutenant
             404      governor, two blank horizontal lines, one placed above the other, to enable the entry of two
             405      valid write-in candidates, and one square with sides measuring not less than 1/4 of an inch in
             406      length printed opposite a double bracket enclosing the right side of the two blank horizontal
             407      lines; and
             408          (ii) the words "Write-In Voting Column" printed at the head of the column without a
             409      1/2 inch circle;
             410          (n) when required, the ballot includes a nonpartisan ticket placed immediately to the
             411      right of the write-in ticket with the word "NONPARTISAN" in reverse type in an 18-point
             412      solid rule running vertically the full length of the nonpartisan ballot copy; and
             413          (o) constitutional amendments or other questions submitted to the vote of the people,
             414      are printed on the ballot after the list of candidates.
             415          (2) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             416          (a) each person nominated by any political party or group of petitioners is placed on the
             417      ballot:
             418          (i) under the party name and emblem, if any; or
             419          (ii) under the title of the party or group as designated by them in their certificates of
             420      nomination or petition, or, if none is designated, then under some suitable title;
             421          (b) the names of all unaffiliated candidates that qualify as required in Title 20A,
             422      Chapter 9, Part 5, Candidates not Affiliated with a Party, are placed on the ballot;
             423          (c) the names of the candidates for president and vice president are used on the ballot
             424      instead of the names of the presidential electors; and
             425          (d) the ballots contain no other names.
             426          (3) When the ballot contains a nonpartisan section, the election officer shall ensure
             427      that:
             428          (a) the designation of the office to be filled in the election and the number of
             429      candidates to be elected are printed in type not smaller than eight-point;
             430          (b) the words designating the office are printed flush with the left-hand margin;


             431          (c) the words, "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more" extend to the extreme right of
             432      the column;
             433          (d) the nonpartisan candidates are grouped according to the office for which they are
             434      candidates;
             435          (e) the names in each group are placed in alphabetical order with the surnames last,
             436      except for candidates for the State Board of Education and local school boards;
             437          (f) the names of candidates for the State Board of Education are placed on the ballot as
             438      certified by the lieutenant governor under Section 20A-14-105 ;
             439          (g) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were selected in a
             440      primary election, the name of the candidate who received the most votes in the primary election
             441      is listed first on the ballot;
             442          (h) if candidates for membership on a local board of education were not selected in the
             443      primary election, the names of the candidates are listed on the ballot in the order determined by
             444      a lottery conducted by the county clerk; and
             445          (i) each group is preceded by the designation of the office for which the candidates
             446      seek election, and the words, "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more," according to the
             447      number to be elected.
             448          (4) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             449          (a) proposed amendments to the Utah Constitution are listed on the ballot [under the
             450      heading "Constitutional Amendment Number __" with the number of the constitutional
             451      amendment as assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with
             452      Section 20A-6-107 ;
             453          (b) ballot propositions submitted to the voters [by the Utah Legislature] are listed on
             454      the ballot [under the heading "State Proposition Number __" with the number of the state
             455      proposition as assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank;] in accordance with
             456      Section 20A-6-107 ; and
             457          [(c) propositions submitted to the voters by a county are listed on the ballot under the
             458      heading "County Proposition Number __" with the number of the county proposition as
             459      assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             460          [(d) propositions submitted to the voters by a school district are listed on the ballot
             461      under the heading "School District Proposition Number __" with the number of the school


             462      district proposition as assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             463          [(e) state initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             464      heading "Citizen's State Initiative Number __" with the number of the state initiative as
             465      assigned by Section 20A-7-209 placed in the blank;]
             466          [(f) county initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             467      heading "Citizen's County Initiative Number __" with the number of the county initiative as
             468      assigned under Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             469          [(g) state referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             470      heading "Citizen's State Referendum Number __" with the number of the state referendum as
             471      assigned under Sections 20A-7-209 and 20A-7-308 placed in the blank;]
             472          [(h) county referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under the
             473      heading "Citizen's County Referendum Number __" with the number of the county referendum
             474      as assigned under Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             475          [(i)] (c) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot
             476      under the title assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             477          Section 5. Section 20A-6-303 is amended to read:
             478           20A-6-303. Regular general election -- Ballot sheets.
             479          (1) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             480          (a) copy on the ballot sheets or ballot labels, as applicable, are arranged in
             481      approximately the same order as paper ballots;
             482          (b) the titles of offices and the names of candidates are printed in vertical columns or in
             483      a series of separate pages;
             484          (c) the ballot sheet or any pages used for the ballot label are of sufficient number to
             485      include, after the list of candidates:
             486          (i) the names of candidates for judicial offices and any other nonpartisan offices; and
             487          (ii) any ballot propositions submitted to the voters for their approval or rejection;
             488          (d) (i) a voting square or position is included where the voter may record a straight
             489      party ticket vote for all the candidates of one party by one mark or punch; and
             490          (ii) the name of each political party listed in the straight party selection area includes
             491      the word "party" at the end of the party's name;
             492          (e) the tickets are printed in the order determined by the county clerk;


             493          (f) the office titles are printed above or at the side of the names of candidates so as to
             494      indicate clearly the candidates for each office and the number to be elected;
             495          (g) the party designation of each candidate is printed to the right or below the
             496      candidate's name; and
             497          (h) (i) if possible, all candidates for one office are grouped in one column or upon one
             498      page;
             499          (ii) if all candidates for one office cannot be listed in one column or grouped on one
             500      page:
             501          (A) the ballot sheet or ballot label shall be clearly marked to indicate that the list of
             502      candidates is continued on the following column or page; and
             503          (B) approximately the same number of names shall be printed in each column or on
             504      each page; and
             505          (i) arrows shall be used to indicate the place to vote for each candidate and on each
             506      measure.
             507          (2) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             508          (a) proposed amendments to the Utah Constitution are listed [under the heading
             509      "Constitutional Amendment Number __" with the number of the constitutional amendment, as
             510      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             511          (b) ballot propositions submitted to the voters [by the Utah Legislature] are listed
             512      [under the heading "State Proposition Number __" with the number of the state proposition as
             513      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             514      and
             515          [(c) propositions submitted to the voters by a county are listed under the heading
             516      "County Proposition Number __" with the number of the county proposition as assigned by the
             517      county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             518          [(d) propositions submitted to the voters by a school district are listed under the
             519      heading "School District Proposition Number __" with the number of the school district
             520      proposition as assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             521          [(e) state initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             522      "Citizen's State Initiative Number __" with the number of the state initiative as assigned under
             523      Section 20A-7-209 placed in the blank;]


             524          [(f) county initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             525      "Citizen's County Initiative Number __" with the number of the county initiative as assigned
             526      under Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             527          [(g) state referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             528      "Citizen's State Referendum Number __" with the number of the state referendum as assigned
             529      under Sections 20A-7-209 and 20A-7-308 placed in the blank;]
             530          [(h) county referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the heading
             531      "Citizen's County Referendum Number __" with the number of the county referendum as
             532      assigned under Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             533          [(i)] (c) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are listed under the title
             534      assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             535          Section 6. Section 20A-6-304 is amended to read:
             536           20A-6-304. Regular general election -- Electronic ballots.
             537          (1) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             538          (a) the format and content of the electronic ballot is arranged in approximately the
             539      same order as paper ballots;
             540          (b) the titles of offices and the names of candidates are displayed in vertical columns or
             541      in a series of separate display screens;
             542          (c) the electronic ballot is of sufficient length to include, after the list of candidates:
             543          (i) the names of candidates for judicial offices and any other nonpartisan offices; and
             544          (ii) any ballot propositions submitted to the voters for their approval or rejection;
             545          (d) (i) a voting square or position is included where the voter may record a straight
             546      party ticket vote for all the candidates of one party by making a single selection; and
             547          (ii) the name of each political party listed in the straight party selection area includes
             548      the word "party" at the end of the party's name;
             549          (e) the tickets are displayed in the order determined by the county clerk;
             550          (f) the office titles are displayed above or at the side of the names of candidates so as to
             551      indicate clearly the candidates for each office and the number to be elected;
             552          (g) the party designation of each candidate is displayed adjacent to the candidate's
             553      name; and
             554          (h) if possible, all candidates for one office are grouped in one column or upon one


             555      display screen.
             556          (2) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             557          (a) proposed amendments to the Utah Constitution are displayed [under the heading
             558      "Constitutional Amendment Number __" with the number of the constitutional amendment, as
             559      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             560          (b) ballot propositions submitted to the voters [by the Utah Legislature] are displayed
             561      [under the heading "State Proposition Number __" with the number of the state proposition as
             562      assigned under Section 20A-7-103 placed in the blank;] in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ;
             563      and
             564          [(c) propositions submitted to the voters by a county are displayed under the heading
             565      "County Proposition Number __" with the number of the county proposition as assigned by the
             566      county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             567          [(d) propositions submitted to the voters by a school district are displayed under the
             568      heading "School District Proposition Number __" with the number of the school district
             569      proposition as assigned by the county legislative body placed in the blank;]
             570          [(e) state initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             571      "Citizen's State Initiative Number __" with the number of the state initiative as assigned under
             572      Section 20A-7-209 placed in the blank;]
             573          [(f) county initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             574      "Citizen's County Initiative Number __" with the number of the county initiative as assigned
             575      under Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             576          [(g) state referenda that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             577      "Citizen's State Referendum Number __" with the number of the state referendum as assigned
             578      under Sections 20A-7-209 and 20A-7-308 placed in the blank;]
             579          [(h) county referenda that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the heading
             580      "Citizen's County Referendum Number __" with the number of the county referendum as
             581      assigned under Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             582          [(i)] (c) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are displayed under the title
             583      assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             584          Section 7. Section 20A-6-402 is amended to read:
             585           20A-6-402. Ballots for municipal general elections.


             586          (1) When using a paper ballot at municipal general elections, each election officer shall
             587      ensure that:
             588          (a) the names of the two candidates who received the highest number of votes for
             589      mayor in the municipal primary are placed upon the ballot;
             590          (b) if no municipal primary election was held, the names of the candidates who filed
             591      declarations of candidacy for municipal offices are placed upon the ballot;
             592          (c) for other offices:
             593          (i) twice the number of candidates as there are positions to be filled are certified as
             594      eligible for election in the municipal general election from those candidates who received the
             595      greater number of votes in the primary election; and
             596          (ii) the names of those candidates are placed upon the municipal general election
             597      ballot;
             598          (d) a write-in area is placed upon the ballot that contains, for each office:
             599          (i) a blank, horizontal line to enable the entry of a valid write-in candidate; and
             600          (ii) a square or other conforming area that is adjacent to or opposite the blank
             601      horizontal line to enable the voter to indicate the voter's vote;
             602          (e) ballot propositions that have qualified for the ballot, including propositions
             603      submitted to the voters by the municipality, municipal initiatives, and municipal referenda, are
             604      listed on the ballot [under the heading "City (or Town) Proposition Number __" with the
             605      number of the proposition, as assigned by the municipal legislative body placed in the blank;]
             606      in accordance with Section 20A-6-107 ; and
             607          [(f) municipal initiatives that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under
             608      the heading "Citizen's City (or Town) Initiative Number __" with the number of the municipal
             609      initiative as assigned by Section 20A-7-508 placed in the blank;]
             610          [(g) municipal referenda that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot under
             611      the heading "Citizen's City (or Town) Referendum Number __" with the number of the
             612      municipal referendum as assigned by Section 20A-7-608 placed in the blank; and]
             613          [(h)] (f) bond propositions that have qualified for the ballot are listed on the ballot
             614      under the title assigned to each bond proposition under Section 11-14-206 .
             615          (2) When using a punch card ballot at municipal general elections, each election officer
             616      shall ensure that:


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


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


             679      shall ensure that:
             680          (a) the following endorsements are displayed on the first screen of the ballot:
             681          (i) "Official Ballot for ____ (City or Town), Utah";
             682          (ii) the date of the election; and
             683          (iii) a facsimile of the signature of the election officer and the election officer's title;
             684          (b) immediately below the election officer's title, a distinct border or line separates the
             685      endorsements from the rest of the ballot;
             686          (c) immediately below the border or line, an "Instructions to Voters" section is
             687      displayed that states: "To vote for a candidate, select the name(s) of the person(s) you favor as
             688      the candidate(s) for each respective office." followed by another border or line;
             689          (d) after the border or line, the designation of the office for which the candidates seek
             690      election is displayed, and the words: "Vote for one" or "Vote for two or more" are displayed,
             691      followed by a line or border;
             692          (e) after the line or border, the names of the candidates are displayed alphabetically
             693      according to surnames with surnames last and grouped according to the office that they seek;
             694          (f) a voting square or position is located adjacent to the name of each candidate;
             695          (g) following the name of the last candidate for each office, the ballot contains a
             696      write-in space where the voter may enter the name of and vote for a valid write-in candidate for
             697      the office; and
             698          (h) the candidate groups are separated from each other by a line or border.
             699          (5) When a municipality has chosen to nominate candidates by convention or
             700      committee, the election officer shall ensure that the party name is included with the candidate's
             701      name on the ballot.
             702          Section 8. Section 20A-7-103 is amended to read:
             703           20A-7-103. Constitutional amendments and other questions submitted by the
             704      Legislature -- Publication -- Ballot title -- Procedures for submission to popular vote.
             705          (1) The procedures contained in this section govern when[: (a)] the Legislature submits
             706      a proposed constitutional amendment or other question to the voters[; and].
             707          [(b) an act of the Legislature is referred to the voters by referendum petition.]
             708          (2) In addition to the publication in the voter information pamphlet required by Section
             709      20A-7-702 , the lieutenant governor shall, not more than 60 days or less than ten days before the


             710      regular general election, publish the full text of the amendment, question, or statute in at least
             711      one newspaper in every county of the state where a newspaper is published.
             712          (3) The legislative general counsel shall:
             713          (a) entitle each proposed constitutional amendment "Constitutional Amendment
             714      [Number] __" [and give it a number] and assign it a letter according to the requirements of
             715      Section 20A-6-107 ;
             716          (b) entitle each proposed question "[State] Proposition Number __" [and give it a
             717      number] with the number assigned to the proposition under Section 20A-6-107 placed in the
             718      blank;
             719          [(c) entitle each state referendum that has qualified for the ballot "Citizen's State
             720      Referendum Number __" and give it a number;]
             721          [(d)] (c) draft and designate a ballot title for each proposed amendment or question
             722      submitted by the Legislature that summarizes the subject matter of the amendment or question;
             723      and
             724          [(e)] (d) deliver them to the lieutenant governor.
             725          (4) The lieutenant governor shall certify the number and ballot title of each amendment
             726      or question to the county clerk of each county no later than September 1 of each regular general
             727      election year.
             728          (5) The county clerk of each county shall:
             729          (a) ensure that both the number and title of [the] each amendment[,] and question[, or
             730      referendum] is printed on the sample ballots and official ballots; and
             731          (b) publish them as provided by law.
             732          Section 9. Section 20A-7-209 is amended to read:
             733           20A-7-209. Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative
             734      Research and General Counsel.
             735          (1) By July 6 before the regular general election, the lieutenant governor shall deliver a
             736      copy of all of the proposed laws that have qualified for the ballot to the Office of Legislative
             737      Research and General Counsel.
             738          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             739          (i) entitle each state initiative that has qualified for the ballot "[Citizen's State
             740      Initiative] Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned under Section 20A-6-107 ;


             741          (ii) prepare an impartial ballot title for each initiative summarizing the contents of the
             742      measure; and
             743          (iii) return each petition and ballot title to the lieutenant governor by July 20.
             744          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the
             745      initiative petition, and shall be not more than 100 words.
             746          (c) For each state initiative, the official ballot shall show:
             747          (i) the number of the initiative as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and
             748      General Counsel;
             749          (ii) the ballot title as determined by the Office of Legislative Research and General
             750      Counsel; and
             751          (iii) the initial fiscal impact estimate prepared under Section 20A-7-202.5 .
             752          (3) By July 21, the lieutenant governor shall mail a copy of the ballot title to any
             753      sponsor of the petition.
             754          (4) (a) (i) At least three of the sponsors of the petition may, by July 30, challenge the
             755      wording of the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
             756      to the Supreme Court.
             757          (ii) After receipt of the appeal, the Supreme Court shall direct the lieutenant governor
             758      to send notice of the appeal to:
             759          (A) any person or group that has filed an argument for or against the measure that is the
             760      subject of the challenge; or
             761          (B) any political issues committee established under Section 20A-11-801 that has filed
             762      written or electronic notice with the lieutenant governor that identifies the name, mailing or
             763      email address, and telephone number of the person designated to receive notice about any
             764      issues relating to the initiative.
             765          (b) (i) There is a presumption that the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative
             766      Research and General Counsel is an impartial summary of the contents of the initiative.
             767          (ii) The Supreme Court may not revise the wording of the ballot title unless the
             768      plaintiffs rebut the presumption by clearly and convincingly establishing that the ballot title is
             769      patently false or biased.
             770          (c) The Supreme Court shall:
             771          (i) examine the ballot title;


             772          (ii) hear arguments; and
             773          (iii) by August 10, certify to the lieutenant governor a ballot title for the measure that
             774      meets the requirements of this section.
             775          (d) By September 1, the lieutenant governor shall certify the title verified by the
             776      Supreme Court to the county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             777          Section 10. Section 20A-7-308 is amended to read:
             778           20A-7-308. Ballot title -- Duties of lieutenant governor and Office of Legislative
             779      Research and General Counsel.
             780          (1) Whenever a referendum petition is declared sufficient for submission to a vote of
             781      the people, the lieutenant governor shall deliver a copy of the petition and the proposed law to
             782      the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.
             783          (2) (a) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall:
             784          (i) entitle each state referendum that has qualified for the ballot "[Citizen's State
             785      Referendum] Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned under Section
             786      20A-6-107 ;
             787          (ii) prepare an impartial ballot title for the referendum summarizing the contents of the
             788      measure; and
             789          (iii) return the petition and the ballot title to the lieutenant governor within 15 days
             790      after its receipt.
             791          (b) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the law that is the subject of the
             792      petition, and shall be not more than 100 words.
             793          (c) The ballot title and the number of the measure as determined by the Office of
             794      Legislative Research and General Counsel shall be printed on the official ballot.
             795          (3) Immediately after the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel files a
             796      copy of the ballot title with the lieutenant governor, the lieutenant governor shall mail a copy of
             797      the ballot title to any of the sponsors of the petition.
             798          (4) (a) (i) At least three of the sponsors of the petition may, within 15 days of the date
             799      the lieutenant governor mails the ballot title, challenge the wording of the ballot title prepared
             800      by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to the Supreme Court.
             801          (ii) After receipt of the appeal, the Supreme Court shall direct the lieutenant governor
             802      to send notice of the appeal to:


             803          (A) any person or group that has filed an argument for or against the measure that is the
             804      subject of the challenge; or
             805          (B) any political issues committee established under Section 20A-11-801 that has filed
             806      written or electronic notice with the lieutenant governor that identifies the name, mailing or
             807      email address, and telephone number of the person designated to receive notice about any
             808      issues relating to the initiative.
             809          (b) (i) There is a presumption that the ballot title prepared by the Office of Legislative
             810      Research and General Counsel is an impartial summary of the contents of the referendum.
             811          (ii) The Supreme Court may not revise the wording of the ballot title unless the
             812      plaintiffs rebut the presumption by clearly and convincingly establishing that the ballot title is
             813      patently false or biased.
             814          (c) The Supreme Court shall:
             815          (i) examine the ballot title;
             816          (ii) hear arguments; and
             817          (iii) within five days of its decision, certify to the lieutenant governor a ballot title for
             818      the measure that meets the requirements of this section.
             819          (d) The lieutenant governor shall certify the title verified by the Supreme Court to the
             820      county clerks to be printed on the official ballot.
             821          Section 11. Section 20A-7-508 is amended to read:
             822           20A-7-508. Ballot title -- Duties of local clerk and local attorney.
             823          (1) Whenever an initiative petition is declared sufficient for submission to a vote of the
             824      people, the local clerk shall deliver a copy of the petition and the proposed law to the local
             825      attorney.
             826          (2) The local attorney shall:
             827          (a) entitle each county or municipal initiative that has qualified for the ballot
             828      "[Citizen's County Initiative] Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned under
             829      Section 20A-6-107 ;
             830          [(b) entitle each municipal initiative that has qualified for the ballot "Citizen's City (or
             831      Town) Initiative Number __ " and give it a number;]
             832          [(c)] (b) prepare a proposed ballot title for the initiative;
             833          [(d)] (c) file the proposed ballot title and the numbered initiative titles with the local


             834      clerk within 15 days after the date the initiative petition is declared sufficient for submission to
             835      a vote of the people; and
             836          [(e)] (d) promptly provide notice of the filing of the proposed ballot title to:
             837          (i) the sponsors of the petition; and
             838          (ii) the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the initiative petition was
             839      circulated.
             840          (3) (a) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the proposed law attached to the
             841      initiative petition, and shall express, in not exceeding 100 words, the purpose of the measure.
             842          (b) In preparing a ballot title, the local attorney shall, to the best of his ability, give a
             843      true and impartial statement of the purpose of the measure.
             844          (c) The ballot title may not intentionally be an argument, or likely to create prejudice,
             845      for or against the measure.
             846          (4) (a) Within five calendar days after the date the local attorney files a proposed ballot
             847      title under Subsection (2)[(d)] (c), the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the
             848      initiative petition was circulated and the sponsors of the petition may file written comments in
             849      response to the proposed ballot title with the local clerk.
             850          (b) Within five calendar days after the last date to submit written comments under
             851      Subsection (4)(a), the local attorney shall:
             852          (i) review any written comments filed in accordance with Subsection (4)(a);
             853          (ii) prepare a final ballot title that meets the requirements of Subsection (3); and
             854          (iii) return the petition and file the ballot title with the local clerk.
             855          (c) Subject to Subsection (6), the ballot title, as determined by the local attorney, shall
             856      be printed on the official ballot.
             857          (5) Immediately after the local attorney files a copy of the ballot title with the local
             858      clerk, the local clerk shall serve a copy of the ballot title by mail upon the sponsors of the
             859      petition and the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the initiative petition was
             860      circulated.
             861          (6) (a) If the ballot title furnished by the local attorney is unsatisfactory or does not
             862      comply with the requirements of this section, the decision of the local attorney may be
             863      appealed by a petition to the Supreme Court that is brought by:
             864          (i) at least three sponsors of the initiative petition; or


             865          (ii) a majority of the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the initiative
             866      petition was circulated.
             867          (b) The Supreme Court shall examine the measures and consider arguments, and, in its
             868      decision, may certify to the local clerk a ballot title for the measure that fulfills the intent of this
             869      section.
             870          (c) The local clerk shall print the title certified by the Supreme Court on the official
             871      ballot.
             872          Section 12. Section 20A-7-608 is amended to read:
             873           20A-7-608. Ballot title -- Duties of local clerk and local attorney.
             874          (1) Whenever a referendum petition is declared sufficient for submission to a vote of
             875      the people, the local clerk shall deliver a copy of the petition and the proposed law to the local
             876      attorney.
             877          (2) The local attorney shall:
             878          (a) entitle each county or municipal referendum that has qualified for the ballot
             879      "[Citizen's County Referendum] Proposition Number __" and give it a number as assigned
             880      under Section 20A-6-107 ;
             881          [(b) entitle each municipal referendum that has qualified for the ballot "Citizen's City
             882      (or Town) Referendum Number __ " and give it a number;]
             883          [(c)] (b) prepare a proposed ballot title for the referendum;
             884          [(d)] (c) file the proposed ballot title and the numbered referendum titles with the local
             885      clerk within 15 days after the date the referendum petition is declared sufficient for submission
             886      to a vote of the people; and
             887          [(e)] (d) promptly provide notice of the filing of the proposed ballot title to:
             888          (i) the sponsors of the petition; and
             889          (ii) the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the referendum petition was
             890      circulated.
             891          (3) (a) The ballot title may be distinct from the title of the law that is the subject of the
             892      petition, and shall express, in not exceeding 100 words, the purpose of the measure.
             893          (b) In preparing a ballot title, the local attorney shall, to the best of his ability, give a
             894      true and impartial statement of the purpose of the measure.
             895          (c) The ballot title may not intentionally be an argument, or likely to create prejudice,


             896      for or against the measure.
             897          (4) (a) Within five calendar days after the date the local attorney files a proposed ballot
             898      title under Subsection (2)[(d)] (c), the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the
             899      referendum petition was circulated and the sponsors of the petition may file written comments
             900      in response to the proposed ballot title with the local clerk.
             901          (b) Within five calendar days after the last date to submit written comments under
             902      Subsection (4)(a), the local attorney shall:
             903          (i) review any written comments filed in accordance with Subsection (4)(a);
             904          (ii) prepare a final ballot title that meets the requirements of Subsection (3); and
             905          (iii) return the petition and file the ballot title with the local clerk.
             906          (c) Subject to Subsection (6), the ballot title, as determined by the local attorney, shall
             907      be printed on the official ballot.
             908          (5) Immediately after the local attorney files a copy of the ballot title with the local
             909      clerk, the local clerk shall serve a copy of the ballot title by mail upon the sponsors of the
             910      petition and the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the referendum petition was
             911      circulated.
             912          (6) (a) If the ballot title furnished by the local attorney is unsatisfactory or does not
             913      comply with the requirements of this section, the decision of the local attorney may be
             914      appealed by a petition to the Supreme Court that is brought by:
             915          (i) at least three sponsors of the referendum petition; or
             916          (ii) a majority of the local legislative body for the jurisdiction where the referendum
             917      petition was circulated.
             918          (b) The Supreme Court shall examine the measures and consider arguments, and, in its
             919      decision, may certify to the local clerk a ballot title for the measure that fulfills the intent of this
             920      section.
             921          (c) The local clerk shall print the title certified by the Supreme Court on the official
             922      ballot.





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