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CANDIDATE AMENDMENTS

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Kraig Powell

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Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions in Title 20A, Election Code, regarding candidates for
             10      elective office.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    specifies when the name of a candidate certified as a replacement for a candidate
             14      who dies, resigns, or is disqualified may be printed on the ballot;
             15          .    provides for certification of a candidate by a registered political party if the party's
             16      candidate dies, resigns due to a disability, or is disqualified;
             17          .    establishes deadlines for placing a certified candidate's name on a ballot;
             18          .    increases the filing fee for a candidate for:
             19              .    a local school board by $25; and
             20              .    a federal, state, or county office, except presidential and judicial candidates, by
             21      $50;
             22          .    establishes a form for write-in candidates;
             23          .    authorizes certain candidates located outside the state to file a declaration of
             24      candidacy or certificate of nomination through a designated agent if certain
             25      conditions are met; and
             26          .     makes technical and conforming amendments.
             27      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             28          None
             29      Other Special Clauses:


             30          None
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             32      AMENDS:
             33          20A-1-501, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 73
             34          20A-6-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 292 and 297
             35          20A-9-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 2
             36          20A-9-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 327
             37          20A-9-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 294
             38          20A-9-403, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Third Special Session, Chapter 2
             39          20A-9-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 75
             40          20A-9-503, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 327
             41          20A-9-601, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 40
             42          20A-9-602, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 139
             43          20A-9-803, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 225
             44          20A-11-206, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 396
             45          20A-11-305, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 396
             46          20A-11-1305, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 396
             47     
             48      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             49          Section 1. Section 20A-1-501 is amended to read:
             50           20A-1-501. Candidate vacancies -- Procedure for filling.
             51          (1) The state central committee of a political party, for candidates for United States
             52      senator, United States representative, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state
             53      treasurer, and state auditor, and for legislative candidates whose legislative districts encompass
             54      more than one county, and the county central committee of a political party, for all other party
             55      candidates seeking an office elected at a regular general election, may certify the name of
             56      another candidate to the appropriate election officer if:
             57          (a) for a registered political party that will have a candidate on a ballot in a primary


             58      election, after the close of the period for filing [declarations] a declaration of candidacy and
             59      continuing through the [date 15 days before the date of the primary election] day before the day
             60      on which the lieutenant governor makes the certification described in Subsection
             61      20A-9-403 (2)(c):
             62          (i) only one or two candidates from that party have filed a declaration of candidacy for
             63      that office; and
             64          (ii) one or both:
             65          (A) dies;
             66          (B) resigns because of acquiring a physical or mental disability, certified by a
             67      physician, that prevents the candidate from continuing the candidacy; or
             68          (C) is disqualified by an election officer for improper filing or nominating procedures;
             69      [or]
             70          (b) for a registered political party that does not have a candidate on the ballot in a
             71      primary, but that will have a candidate on the ballot for a general election, after the close of the
             72      [primary election] period for filing a declaration of candidacy and continuing through the [date
             73      of the voter registration deadline for the general election as established in Section
             74      20A-2-102.5 ] day before the day on which the lieutenant governor makes the certification
             75      described in Section 20A-5-409 , the party's candidate:
             76          (i) dies;
             77          (ii) resigns because of acquiring a physical or mental disability as certified by a
             78      physician;
             79          (iii) is disqualified by an election officer for improper filing or nominating procedures;
             80      or
             81          (iv) resigns to become a candidate for president or vice president of the United
             82      States[.]; or
             83          (c) for a registered political party with a candidate certified as winning a primary
             84      election, after the deadline described in Subsection (1)(a) and continuing through the day
             85      before that day on which the lieutenant governor makes the certification described in Section


             86      20A-5-409 , the party's candidate:
             87          (i) dies;
             88          (ii) resigns because of acquiring a physical or mental disability as certified by a
             89      physician;
             90          (iii) is disqualified by an election officer for improper filing or nominating procedures;
             91      or
             92          (iv) resigns to become a candidate for president or vice president of the United States.
             93          (2) If no more than two candidates from a political party have filed a declaration of
             94      candidacy for an office elected at a regular general election and one resigns to become the party
             95      candidate for another position, the state central committee of that political party, for candidates
             96      for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer, and state auditor, and for
             97      legislative candidates whose legislative districts encompass more than one county, and the
             98      county central committee of that political party, for all other party candidates, may certify the
             99      name of another candidate to the appropriate election officer.
             100          (3) Each replacement candidate shall file a declaration of candidacy as required by
             101      Title 20A, Chapter 9, Part 2, Candidate Qualifications and Declarations of Candidacy.
             102          [(4) A replacement candidate may not be certified for an election during the period
             103      beginning on the day after the date of the voter registration deadline and continuing through the
             104      date of the election.]
             105          (4) (a) The name of a candidate who is certified under Subsection (1)(a) after the
             106      deadline described in Subsection (1)(a) may not appear on the primary election ballot.
             107          (b) The name of a candidate who is certified under Subsection (1)(b) after the deadline
             108      described in Subsection (1)(b) may not appear on the general election ballot.
             109          (c) The name of a candidate who is certified under Subsection (1)(c) after the deadline
             110      described in Subsection (1)(c) may not appear on the general election ballot.
             111          Section 2. Section 20A-6-302 is amended to read:
             112           20A-6-302. Paper ballots -- Placement of candidates' names.
             113          (1) Each election officer shall ensure, for paper ballots in regular general elections,


             114      that:
             115          (a) each candidate is listed by party;
             116          (b) candidates' surnames are listed in alphabetical order on the ballots when two or
             117      more candidates' names are required to be listed on a ticket under the title of an office; and
             118          (c) the names of candidates are placed on the ballot in the order specified under Section
             119      20A-6-305 .
             120          [(2) (a) The election officer may not allow the name of a candidate who dies or
             121      withdraws before election day to be printed upon the ballots.]
             122          [(b) If the ballots have already been printed, the election officer:]
             123          [(i) shall, if possible, cancel the name of the dead or withdrawn candidate by drawing a
             124      line through the candidate's name before the ballots are delivered to voters; and]
             125          [(ii) may not count any votes for that dead or withdrawn candidate.]
             126          [(3)] (2) (a) When there is only one candidate for county attorney at the regular general
             127      election in counties that have three or fewer registered voters of the county who are licensed
             128      active members in good standing of the Utah State Bar, the county clerk shall cause that
             129      candidate's name and party affiliation, if any, to be placed on a separate section of the ballot
             130      with the following question: "Shall (name of candidate) be elected to the office of county
             131      attorney? Yes ____ No ____."
             132          (b) If the number of "Yes" votes exceeds the number of "No" votes, the candidate is
             133      elected to the office of county attorney.
             134          (c) If the number of "No" votes exceeds the number of "Yes" votes, the candidate is not
             135      elected and may not take office, nor may the candidate continue in the office past the end of the
             136      term resulting from any prior election or appointment.
             137          (d) When the name of only one candidate for county attorney is printed on the ballot
             138      under authority of this Subsection [(3)] (2), the county clerk may not count any write-in votes
             139      received for the office of county attorney.
             140          (e) If no qualified person files for the office of county attorney or if the candidate is not
             141      elected by the voters, the county legislative body shall appoint the county attorney as provided


             142      in Section 20A-1-509.2 .
             143          (f) If the candidate whose name would, except for this Subsection [(3)] (2)(f), be
             144      placed on the ballot under Subsection [(3)] (2)(a) has been elected on a ballot under Subsection
             145      [(3)] (2)(a) to the two consecutive terms immediately preceding the term for which the
             146      candidate is seeking election, Subsection [(3)] (2)(a) does not apply and that candidate shall be
             147      considered to be an unopposed candidate the same as any other unopposed candidate for
             148      another office, unless a petition is filed with the county clerk before the date of that year's
             149      primary election that:
             150          (i) requests the procedure set forth in Subsection [(3)] (2)(a) to be followed; and
             151          (ii) contains the signatures of registered voters in the county representing in number at
             152      least 25% of all votes cast in the county for all candidates for governor at the last election at
             153      which a governor was elected.
             154          [(4)] (3) (a) When there is only one candidate for district attorney at the regular general
             155      election in a prosecution district that has three or fewer registered voters of the district who are
             156      licensed active members in good standing of the Utah State Bar, the county clerk shall cause
             157      that candidate's name and party affiliation, if any, to be placed on a separate section of the
             158      ballot with the following question: "Shall (name of candidate) be elected to the office of district
             159      attorney? Yes ____ No ____."
             160          (b) If the number of "Yes" votes exceeds the number of "No" votes, the candidate is
             161      elected to the office of district attorney.
             162          (c) If the number of "No" votes exceeds the number of "Yes" votes, the candidate is not
             163      elected and may not take office, nor may the candidate continue in the office past the end of the
             164      term resulting from any prior election or appointment.
             165          (d) When the name of only one candidate for district attorney is printed on the ballot
             166      under authority of this Subsection [(4)] (3), the county clerk may not count any write-in votes
             167      received for the office of district attorney.
             168          (e) If no qualified person files for the office of district attorney, or if the only candidate
             169      is not elected by the voters under this subsection, the county legislative body shall appoint a


             170      new district attorney for a four-year term as provided in Section 20A-1-509.2 .
             171          (f) If the candidate whose name would, except for this Subsection [(4)] (3)(f), be
             172      placed on the ballot under Subsection [(4)] (3)(a) has been elected on a ballot under Subsection
             173      [(4)] (3)(a) to the two consecutive terms immediately preceding the term for which the
             174      candidate is seeking election, Subsection [(4)] (3)(a) does not apply and that candidate shall be
             175      considered to be an unopposed candidate the same as any other unopposed candidate for
             176      another office, unless a petition is filed with the county clerk before the date of that year's
             177      primary election that:
             178          (i) requests the procedure set forth in Subsection [(4)] (3)(a) to be followed; and
             179          (ii) contains the signatures of registered voters in the county representing in number at
             180      least 25% of all votes cast in the county for all candidates for governor at the last election at
             181      which a governor was elected.
             182          Section 3. Section 20A-9-201 is amended to read:
             183           20A-9-201. Declarations of candidacy -- Candidacy for more than one office or of
             184      more than one political party prohibited with exceptions -- General filing and form
             185      requirements -- Affidavit of impecuniosity.
             186          (1) Before filing a declaration of candidacy for election to any office, a person shall:
             187          (a) be a United States citizen; and
             188          (b) meet the legal requirements of that office.
             189          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), a person may not:
             190          (i) file a declaration of candidacy for, or be a candidate for, more than one office in
             191      Utah during any election year; or
             192          (ii) appear on the ballot as the candidate of more than one political party.
             193          (b) (i) A person may file a declaration of candidacy for, or be a candidate for, president
             194      or vice president of the United States and another office, if the person resigns the person's
             195      candidacy for the other office after the person is officially nominated for president or vice
             196      president of the United States.
             197          (ii) A person may file a declaration of candidacy for, or be a candidate for, more than


             198      one justice court judge office.
             199          (3) (a) (i) Except for presidential candidates, before the filing officer may accept any
             200      declaration of candidacy, the filing officer shall:
             201          (A) read to the prospective candidate the constitutional and statutory qualification
             202      requirements for the office that the candidate is seeking; and
             203          (B) require the candidate to state whether or not the candidate meets those
             204      requirements.
             205          (ii) Before accepting a declaration of candidacy for the office of county attorney, the
             206      county clerk shall ensure that the person filing that declaration of candidacy is:
             207          (A) a United States citizen;
             208          (B) an attorney licensed to practice law in Utah who is an active member in good
             209      standing of the Utah State Bar;
             210          (C) a registered voter in the county in which the person is seeking office; and
             211          (D) a current resident of the county in which the person is seeking office and either has
             212      been a resident of that county for at least one year or was appointed and is currently serving as
             213      county attorney and became a resident of the county within 30 days after appointment to the
             214      office.
             215          (iii) Before accepting a declaration of candidacy for the office of district attorney, the
             216      county clerk shall ensure that, as of the date of the election, the person filing that declaration of
             217      candidacy is:
             218          (A) a United States citizen;
             219          (B) an attorney licensed to practice law in Utah who is an active member in good
             220      standing of the Utah State Bar;
             221          (C) a registered voter in the prosecution district in which the person is seeking office;
             222      and
             223          (D) a current resident of the prosecution district in which the person is seeking office
             224      and either will have been a resident of that prosecution district for at least one year as of the
             225      date of the election or was appointed and is currently serving as district attorney and became a


             226      resident of the prosecution district within 30 days after receiving appointment to the office.
             227          (iv) Before accepting a declaration of candidacy for the office of county sheriff, the
             228      county clerk shall ensure that the person filing the declaration of candidacy:
             229          (A) as of the date of filing:
             230          (I) is a United States citizen;
             231          (II) is a registered voter in the county in which the person seeks office;
             232          (III) (Aa) has successfully met the standards and training requirements established for
             233      law enforcement officers under Title 53, Chapter 6, Part 2, Peace Officer Training and
             234      Certification Act; or
             235          (Bb) has met the waiver requirements in Section 53-6-206 ; and
             236          (IV) is qualified to be certified as a law enforcement officer, as defined in Section
             237      53-13-103 ; and
             238          (B) as of the date of the election, shall have been a resident of the county in which the
             239      person seeks office for at least one year.
             240          (v) Before accepting a declaration of candidacy for the office of governor, lieutenant
             241      governor, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general, state legislator, or State Board of
             242      Education member, the filing officer shall ensure:
             243          (A) that the person filing the declaration of candidacy also files the financial disclosure
             244      required by Section 20A-11-1603 ; and
             245          (B) if the filing officer is not the lieutenant governor, that the financial disclosure is
             246      provided to the lieutenant governor according to the procedures and requirements of Section
             247      20A-11-1603 .
             248          (b) If the prospective candidate states that the qualification requirements for the office
             249      are not met, the filing officer may not accept the prospective candidate's declaration of
             250      candidacy.
             251          (c) If the candidate meets the requirements of Subsection (3)(a) and states that the
             252      requirements of candidacy are met, the filing officer shall:
             253          (i) inform the candidate that:


             254          (A) the candidate's name will appear on the ballot as it is written on the declaration of
             255      candidacy;
             256          (B) the candidate may be required to comply with state or local campaign finance
             257      disclosure laws; and
             258          (C) the candidate is required to file a financial statement before the candidate's political
             259      convention under:
             260          (I) Section 20A-11-204 for a candidate for constitutional office;
             261          (II) Section 20A-11-303 for a candidate for the Legislature; or
             262          (III) local campaign finance disclosure laws, if applicable;
             263          (ii) except for a presidential candidate, provide the candidate with a copy of the current
             264      campaign financial disclosure laws for the office the candidate is seeking and inform the
             265      candidate that failure to comply will result in disqualification as a candidate and removal of the
             266      candidate's name from the ballot;
             267          (iii) provide the candidate with a copy of Section 20A-7-801 regarding the Statewide
             268      Electronic Voter Information Website Program and inform the candidate of the submission
             269      deadline under Subsection 20A-7-801 (4)(a);
             270          (iv) provide the candidate with a copy of the pledge of fair campaign practices
             271      described under Section 20A-9-206 and inform the candidate that:
             272          (A) signing the pledge is voluntary; and
             273          (B) signed pledges shall be filed with the filing officer;
             274          (v) accept the candidate's declaration of candidacy; and
             275          (vi) if the candidate has filed for a partisan office, provide a certified copy of the
             276      declaration of candidacy to the chair of the county or state political party of which the
             277      candidate is a member.
             278          (d) If the candidate elects to sign the pledge of fair campaign practices, the filing
             279      officer shall:
             280          (i) accept the candidate's pledge; and
             281          (ii) if the candidate has filed for a partisan office, provide a certified copy of the


             282      candidate's pledge to the chair of the county or state political party of which the candidate is a
             283      member.
             284          (4) (a) Except for presidential candidates, the form of the declaration of candidacy shall
             285      be substantially as follows:
             286          "State of Utah, County of ____
             287              I, ______________, declare my intention of becoming a candidate for the office
             288      of ____ as a candidate for the ____ party. I do solemnly swear that: I will meet the
             289      qualifications to hold the office, both legally and constitutionally, if selected; I reside at
             290      _____________ in the City or Town of ____, Utah, Zip Code ____ Phone No. ____; I
             291      will not knowingly violate any law governing campaigns and elections; I will file all
             292      campaign financial disclosure reports as required by law; and I understand that failure
             293      to do so will result in my disqualification as a candidate for this office and removal of
             294      my name from the ballot. The mailing address that I designate for receiving official
             295      election notices is ___________________________.
             296      ____________________________________________________________________
             297          Subscribed and sworn before me this __________(month\day\year).
             298     
Notary Public (or other officer qualified to administer oath.)"

             299          (b) An agent designated to file a declaration of candidacy under Section 20A-9-202
             300      may not sign the form described in Subsection (4)(a).
             301          (5) (a) Except for presidential candidates, the fee for filing a declaration of candidacy
             302      is:
             303          (i) [$25] $50 for candidates for the local school district board; and
             304          (ii) $50 plus 1/8 of 1% of the total salary for the full term of office legally paid to the
             305      person holding the office[, but not less than $5,] for all other federal, state, and county offices.
             306          (b) Except for presidential candidates, the filing officer shall refund the filing fee to
             307      any candidate:
             308          (i) who is disqualified; or
             309          (ii) who the filing officer determines has filed improperly.


             310          (c) (i) The county clerk shall immediately pay to the county treasurer all fees received
             311      from candidates.
             312          (ii) The lieutenant governor shall:
             313          (A) apportion to and pay to the county treasurers of the various counties all fees
             314      received for filing of nomination certificates or acceptances; and
             315          (B) ensure that each county receives that proportion of the total amount paid to the
             316      lieutenant governor from the congressional district that the total vote of that county for all
             317      candidates for representative in Congress bears to the total vote of all counties within the
             318      congressional district for all candidates for representative in Congress.
             319          (d) (i) A person who is unable to pay the filing fee may file a declaration of candidacy
             320      without payment of the filing fee upon a prima facie showing of impecuniosity as evidenced by
             321      an affidavit of impecuniosity filed with the filing officer and, if requested by the filing officer,
             322      a financial statement filed at the time the affidavit is submitted.
             323          (ii) A person who is able to pay the filing fee may not claim impecuniosity.
             324          (iii) (A) False statements made on an affidavit of impecuniosity or a financial
             325      statement filed under this section shall be subject to the criminal penalties provided under
             326      Sections 76-8-503 and 76-8-504 and any other applicable criminal provision.
             327          (B) Conviction of a criminal offense under Subsection (5)(d)(iii)(A) shall be
             328      considered an offense under this title for the purposes of assessing the penalties provided in
             329      Subsection 20A-1-609 (2).
             330          (iv) The filing officer shall ensure that the affidavit of impecuniosity is printed in
             331      substantially the following form:
             332          "Affidavit of Impecuniosity
             333      Individual Name
             334      ____________________________Address_____________________________
             335      Phone Number _________________
             336      I,__________________________(name), do solemnly [swear] [affirm], under penalty of law
             337      for false statements, that, owing to my poverty, I am unable to pay the filing fee required by


             338      law.
             339      Date ______________ Signature________________________________________________
             340      Affiant
             341      Subscribed and sworn to before me on ___________ (month\day\year)
             342     
______________________

             343     
(signature)

             344          Name and Title of Officer Authorized to Administer Oath
______________________"

             345          (v) The filing officer shall provide to a person who requests an affidavit of
             346      impecuniosity a statement printed in substantially the following form, which may be included
             347      on the affidavit of impecuniosity:
             348          "Filing a false statement is a criminal offense. In accordance with Section 20A-1-609 , a
             349      candidate who is found guilty of filing a false statement, in addition to being subject to criminal
             350      penalties, will be removed from the ballot."
             351          (vi) The filing officer may request that a person who makes a claim of impecuniosity
             352      under this Subsection (5)(d) file a financial statement on a form prepared by the election
             353      official.
             354          (6) (a) If there is no legislative appropriation for the Western States Presidential
             355      Primary election, as provided in Part 8, Western States Presidential Primary, a candidate for
             356      president of the United States who is affiliated with a registered political party and chooses to
             357      participate in the regular primary election shall:
             358          [(a)] (i) file a declaration of candidacy, in person or via a designated agent, with the
             359      lieutenant governor:
             360          [(i)] (A) on a form developed and provided by the lieutenant governor; and
             361          [(ii)] (B) on or after the second Friday in March and before 5 p.m. on the third
             362      Thursday in March before the next regular primary election;
             363          [(b)] (ii) identify the registered political party whose nomination the candidate is
             364      seeking;
             365          [(c)] (iii) provide a letter from the registered political party certifying that the candidate


             366      may participate as a candidate for that party in that party's presidential primary election; and
             367          [(d)] (iv) pay the filing fee of $500.
             368          (b) An agent designated to file a declaration of candidacy may not sign the form
             369      described in Subsection (6)(a)(i)(A).
             370          (7) Any person who fails to file a declaration of candidacy or certificate of nomination
             371      within the time provided in this chapter is ineligible for nomination to office.
             372          (8) A declaration of candidacy filed under this section may not be amended or
             373      modified after the final date established for filing a declaration of candidacy.
             374          Section 4. Section 20A-9-202 is amended to read:
             375           20A-9-202. Declarations of candidacy for regular general elections --
             376      Requirements for candidates.
             377          (1) (a) Each person seeking to become a candidate for elective office for any county
             378      office that is to be filled at the next regular general election shall:
             379          (i) file a declaration of candidacy in person with the county clerk on or after the second
             380      Friday in March and before 5 p.m. on the third Thursday in March before the next regular
             381      general election; and
             382          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             383          (b) Each person intending to become a candidate for any legislative office or
             384      multicounty office that is to be filled at the next regular general election shall:
             385          (i) file a declaration of candidacy in person with either the lieutenant governor or the
             386      county clerk in the candidate's county of residence on or after the second Friday in March and
             387      before 5 p.m. on the third Thursday in March before the next regular general election; and
             388          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             389          (c) (i) Each county clerk who receives a declaration of candidacy from a candidate for
             390      multicounty office shall transmit the filing fee and a copy of the candidate's declaration of
             391      candidacy to the lieutenant governor within one working day after it is filed.
             392          (ii) Each day during the filing period, each county clerk shall notify the lieutenant
             393      governor electronically or by telephone of legislative candidates who have filed in their office.


             394          (d) Each person seeking to become a candidate for elective office for any federal office
             395      or constitutional office that is to be filled at the next regular general election shall:
             396          (i) file a declaration of candidacy in person with the lieutenant governor on or after the
             397      second Friday in March and before 5 p.m. on the third Thursday in March before the next
             398      regular general election; and
             399          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             400          (e) Each person seeking the office of lieutenant governor, the office of district attorney,
             401      or the office of president or vice president of the United States shall comply with the specific
             402      declaration of candidacy requirements established by this section.
             403          (2) (a) Each person intending to become a candidate for the office of district attorney
             404      within a multicounty prosecution district that is to be filled at the next regular general election
             405      shall:
             406          (i) file a declaration of candidacy with the clerk designated in the interlocal agreement
             407      creating the prosecution district on or after the second Friday in March and before 5 p.m. on the
             408      third Thursday in March before the next regular general election; and
             409          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             410          (b) The designated clerk shall provide to the county clerk of each county in the
             411      prosecution district a certified copy of each declaration of candidacy filed for the office of
             412      district attorney.
             413          (3) (a) Within five working days of nomination, each lieutenant governor candidate
             414      shall:
             415          (i) file a declaration of candidacy with the lieutenant governor; and
             416          (ii) pay the filing fee.
             417          (b) (i) Any candidate for lieutenant governor who fails to file within five working days
             418      is disqualified.
             419          (ii) If a lieutenant governor is disqualified, another candidate shall be nominated to
             420      replace the disqualified candidate.
             421          (4) Each registered political party shall:


             422          (a) certify the names of its candidates for president and vice president of the United
             423      States to the lieutenant governor no later than August 31; or
             424          (b) provide written authorization for the lieutenant governor to accept the certification
             425      of candidates for president and vice president of the United States from the national office of
             426      the registered political party.
             427          (5) (a) A declaration of candidacy filed under this section is valid unless a written
             428      objection is filed with the clerk or lieutenant governor within five days after the last day for
             429      filing.
             430          (b) If an objection is made, the clerk or lieutenant governor shall:
             431          (i) mail or personally deliver notice of the objection to the affected candidate
             432      immediately; and
             433          (ii) decide any objection within 48 hours after it is filed.
             434          (c) If the clerk or lieutenant governor sustains the objection, the candidate may cure the
             435      problem by amending the declaration or petition within three days after the objection is
             436      sustained or by filing a new declaration within three days after the objection is sustained.
             437          (d) (i) The clerk's or lieutenant governor's decision upon objections to form is final.
             438          (ii) The clerk's or lieutenant governor's decision upon substantive matters is reviewable
             439      by a district court if prompt application is made to the court.
             440          (iii) The decision of the district court is final unless the Supreme Court, in the exercise
             441      of its discretion, agrees to review the lower court decision.
             442          (6) Any person who filed a declaration of candidacy may withdraw as a candidate by
             443      filing a written affidavit with the clerk.
             444          (7) Except as provided in Subsection 20A-9-201 (4)(b), notwithstanding a requirement
             445      in this section to file a declaration of candidacy in person, a person may designate an agent to
             446      file the form described in Subsection 20A-9-201 (4) in person with the filing officer if:
             447          (a) the person is located outside the state during the filing period because:
             448          (i) of employment with the state or the United States; or
             449          (ii) the person is a member of:


             450          (A) the active or reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or
             451      Coast Guard of the United States who is on active duty;
             452          (B) the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, or the
             453      commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United
             454      States; or
             455          (C) the National Guard on activated status;
             456          (b) the person communicates with the filing officer using an electronic device that
             457      allows the person and filing officer to see and hear each other; and
             458          (c) the person provides the filing officer with an email address to which the filing
             459      officer may send the copies described in Subsection 20A-9-201 (3).
             460          Section 5. Section 20A-9-203 is amended to read:
             461           20A-9-203. Declarations of candidacy -- Municipal general elections.
             462          (1) (a) (i) A person may become a candidate for any municipal office if:
             463          (A) the person is a registered voter; and
             464          (B) (I) the person has resided within the municipality in which that person seeks to
             465      hold elective office for the 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of the election;
             466      or
             467          (II) if the territory in which the person resides was annexed into the municipality, the
             468      person has resided within the annexed territory or the municipality the 12 consecutive months
             469      immediately before the date of the election.
             470          (ii) For purposes of determining whether a person meets the residency requirement of
             471      Subsection (1)(a)(i)(B)(I) in a municipality that was incorporated less than 12 months before
             472      the election, the municipality shall be considered to have been incorporated 12 months before
             473      the date of the election.
             474          (b) In addition to the requirements of Subsection (1)(a), each candidate for a municipal
             475      council position shall, if elected from a district, be a resident of the council district from which
             476      elected.
             477          (c) In accordance with Utah Constitution Article IV, Section 6, any mentally


             478      incompetent person, any person convicted of a felony, or any person convicted of treason or a
             479      crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this state until the right to hold
             480      elective office is restored under Section 20A-2-101.3 or 20A-2-101.5 .
             481          (2) (a) A person seeking to become a candidate for a municipal office shall:
             482          (i) file a declaration of candidacy, in person with the city recorder or town clerk, during
             483      office hours and not later than the close of normal office hours, between June 1 and June 15 of
             484      any odd-numbered year; and
             485          (ii) pay the filing fee, if one is required by municipal ordinance.
             486          (b) Any resident of a municipality may nominate a candidate for a municipal office by:
             487          (i) filing a nomination petition with the city recorder or town clerk during office hours,
             488      but not later than the close of normal office hours, between June 1 and June 15 of any
             489      odd-numbered year; and
             490          (ii) paying the filing fee, if one is required by municipal ordinance.
             491          (3) (a) Before the filing officer may accept any declaration of candidacy or nomination
             492      petition, the filing officer shall:
             493          (i) read to the prospective candidate or person filing the petition the constitutional and
             494      statutory qualification requirements for the office that the candidate is seeking; and
             495          (ii) require the candidate or person filing the petition to state whether the candidate
             496      meets those requirements.
             497          (b) If the prospective candidate does not meet the qualification requirements for the
             498      office, the filing officer may not accept the declaration of candidacy or nomination petition.
             499          (c) If it appears that the prospective candidate meets the requirements of candidacy, the
             500      filing officer shall:
             501          (i) inform the candidate that the candidate's name will appear on the ballot as it is
             502      written on the declaration of candidacy;
             503          (ii) provide the candidate with a copy of the current campaign financial disclosure laws
             504      for the office the candidate is seeking and inform the candidate that failure to comply will
             505      result in disqualification as a candidate and removal of the candidate's name from the ballot;


             506          (iii) provide the candidate with a copy of Section 20A-7-801 regarding the Statewide
             507      Electronic Voter Information Website Program and inform the candidate of the submission
             508      deadline under Subsection 20A-7-801 (4)(a);
             509          (iv) provide the candidate with a copy of the pledge of fair campaign practices
             510      described under Section 20A-9-206 and inform the candidate that:
             511          (A) signing the pledge is voluntary; and
             512          (B) signed pledges shall be filed with the filing officer; and
             513          (v) accept the declaration of candidacy or nomination petition.
             514          (d) If the candidate elects to sign the pledge of fair campaign practices, the filing
             515      officer shall:
             516          (i) accept the candidate's pledge; and
             517          (ii) if the candidate has filed for a partisan office, provide a certified copy of the
             518      candidate's pledge to the chair of the county or state political party of which the candidate is a
             519      member.
             520          (4) Notwithstanding the requirement in Subsection (2)(a)(i) to file a declaration of
             521      candidacy in person, a person may designate an agent to file the form described in Subsection
             522      (5) in person with the city recorder or town clerk if:
             523          (a) the person is located outside the state during the filing period because:
             524          (i) of employment with the state or the United States; or
             525          (ii) the person is a member of:
             526          (A) the active or reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or
             527      Coast Guard of the United States who is on active duty;
             528          (B) the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, or the
             529      commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United
             530      States; or
             531          (C) the National Guard on activated status;
             532          (b) the person makes the declaration of candidacy described in Subsection (5) to a
             533      person qualified to administer an oath;


             534          (c) the person communicates with the city recorder or town clerk using an electronic
             535      device that allows the person and the city recorder or town clerk to see and hear each other; and
             536          (d) the person provides the city recorder or town clerk with an email address to which
             537      the filing officer may send the copies described in Subsection (3).
             538          [(4)] (5) (a) The declaration of candidacy shall substantially comply with the following
             539      form:
             540          "I, (print name) ____, being first sworn, say that I reside at ____ Street, City of ____,
             541      County of ____, state of Utah, Zip Code ____, Telephone Number (if any) ____; that I am a
             542      registered voter; and that I am a candidate for the office of ____ (stating the term). I will meet
             543      the legal qualifications required of candidates for this office. I will file all campaign financial
             544      disclosure reports as required by law and I understand that failure to do so will result in my
             545      disqualification as a candidate for this office and removal of my name from the ballot. I
             546      request that my name be printed upon the applicable official ballots. (Signed)
             547      _______________
             548          Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me by ____ on this
             549      __________(month\day\year).
             550          (Signed) _______________ (Clerk or other officer qualified to administer oath)"
             551          (b) An agent designated to file a declaration of candidacy under Subsection (4) may not
             552      sign the form described in Subsection (5)(a).
             553          [(5)] (6) (a) A registered voter may be nominated for municipal office by submitting a
             554      petition signed, with a holographic signature, by:
             555          (i) 25 residents of the municipality who are at least 18 years old; or
             556          (ii) 20% of the residents of the municipality who are at least 18 years old.
             557          (b) (i) The petition shall substantially conform to the following form:
             558     
"NOMINATION PETITION

             559          The undersigned residents of (name of municipality) being 18 years old or older
             560      nominate (name of nominee) to the office of ____ for the (two or four-year term, whichever is
             561      applicable)."


             562          (ii) The remainder of the petition shall contain lines and columns for the signatures of
             563      persons signing the petition and their addresses and telephone numbers.
             564          [(6)] (7) If the declaration of candidacy or nomination petition fails to state whether the
             565      nomination is for the two or four-year term, the clerk shall consider the nomination to be for
             566      the four-year term.
             567          [(7)] (8) (a) The clerk shall verify with the county clerk that all candidates are
             568      registered voters.
             569          (b) Any candidate who is not registered to vote is disqualified and the clerk may not
             570      print the candidate's name on the ballot.
             571          [(8)] (9) Immediately after expiration of the period for filing a declaration of
             572      candidacy, the clerk shall:
             573          (a) cause the names of the candidates as they will appear on the ballot to be published:
             574          (i) in at least two successive publications of a newspaper with general circulation in the
             575      municipality; and
             576          (ii) as required in Section 45-1-101 ; and
             577          (b) notify the lieutenant governor of the names of the candidates as they will appear on
             578      the ballot.
             579          [(9)] (10) A declaration of candidacy or nomination petition filed under this section
             580      may not be amended after the expiration of the period for filing a declaration of candidacy.
             581          [(10)] (11) (a) A declaration of candidacy or nomination petition filed under this
             582      section is valid unless a written objection is filed with the clerk within five days after the last
             583      day for filing.
             584          (b) If an objection is made, the clerk shall:
             585          (i) mail or personally deliver notice of the objection to the affected candidate
             586      immediately; and
             587          (ii) decide any objection within 48 hours after it is filed.
             588          (c) If the clerk sustains the objection, the candidate may correct the problem by
             589      amending the declaration or petition within three days after the objection is sustained or by


             590      filing a new declaration within three days after the objection is sustained.
             591          (d) (i) The clerk's decision upon objections to form is final.
             592          (ii) The clerk's decision upon substantive matters is reviewable by a district court if
             593      prompt application is made to the district court.
             594          (iii) The decision of the district court is final unless the Supreme Court, in the exercise
             595      of its discretion, agrees to review the lower court decision.
             596          [(11)] (12) Any person who filed a declaration of candidacy and was nominated, and
             597      any person who was nominated by a nomination petition, may, any time up to 23 days before
             598      the election, withdraw the nomination by filing a written affidavit with the clerk.
             599          Section 6. Section 20A-9-403 is amended to read:
             600           20A-9-403. Regular primary elections.
             601          (1) (a) The fourth Tuesday of June of each even-numbered year is designated as regular
             602      primary election day.
             603          (b) Each registered political party that chooses to use the primary election process to
             604      nominate some or all of its candidates shall comply with the requirements of this section.
             605          (2) (a) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political
             606      party that wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             607          (i) declare their intent to participate in the primary election;
             608          (ii) identify one or more registered political parties whose members may vote for the
             609      registered political party's candidates and whether or not persons identified as unaffiliated with
             610      a political party may vote for the registered political party's candidates; and
             611          (iii) certify that information to the lieutenant governor no later than 5 p.m. on March 1
             612      of each even-numbered year.
             613          (b) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political party
             614      that wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             615          (i) certify the name and office of all of the registered political party's candidates to the
             616      lieutenant governor no later than 5 p.m. on the first Monday after the third Saturday in April of
             617      each even-numbered year and indicate which of the candidates will be on the primary ballot;


             618      and
             619          (ii) certify the name and office of each of its county candidates to the county clerks by
             620      5 p.m. on the first Monday after the third Saturday in April of each even-numbered year and
             621      indicate which of the candidates will be on the primary ballot.
             622          (c) By 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday after the third Saturday in April of each
             623      even-numbered year, the lieutenant governor shall send the county clerks a certified list of the
             624      names of all statewide candidates, multicounty candidates, or single county candidates that
             625      shall be printed on the primary ballot and the order the candidates are to appear on the ballot in
             626      accordance with Section 20A-6-305 .
             627          (d) Except for presidential candidates, if a registered political party does not wish to
             628      participate in the primary election, it shall submit the names of its county candidates to the
             629      county clerks and the names of all of its candidates to the lieutenant governor by 5 p.m. on May
             630      30 of each even-numbered year.
             631          (3) The county clerk shall:
             632          (a) review the declarations of candidacy filed by candidates for local boards of
             633      education to determine if more than two candidates have filed for the same seat;
             634          (b) place the names of all candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy for a
             635      local board of education seat on the nonpartisan section of the ballot if more than two
             636      candidates have filed for the same seat; and
             637          (c) determine the order of the candidates' names on the ballot in accordance with
             638      Section 20A-6-305 .
             639          (4) After the county clerk receives the certified list from a registered political party, the
             640      county clerk shall post or publish a primary election notice in substantially the following form:
             641          "Notice is given that a primary election will be held Tuesday, June ____,
             642      ________(year), to nominate party candidates for the parties and nonpartisan offices listed on
             643      the primary ballot. The polling place for voting precinct ____ is ____. The polls will open at 7
             644      a.m. and continue open until 8 p.m. of the same day. Attest: county clerk."
             645          (5) (a) Candidates, other than presidential candidates, receiving the highest number of


             646      votes cast for each office at the regular primary election are nominated by their party or
             647      nonpartisan group for that office.
             648          (b) If two or more candidates, other than presidential candidates, are to be elected to
             649      the office at the regular general election, those party candidates equal in number to positions to
             650      be filled who receive the highest number of votes at the regular primary election are the
             651      nominees of their party for those positions.
             652          (6) (a) When a tie vote occurs in any primary election for any national, state, or other
             653      office that represents more than one county, the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney
             654      general shall, at a public meeting called by the governor and in the presence of the candidates
             655      involved, select the nominee by lot cast in whatever manner the governor determines.
             656          (b) When a tie vote occurs in any primary election for any county office, the district
             657      court judges of the district in which the county is located shall, at a public meeting called by
             658      the judges and in the presence of the candidates involved, select the nominee by lot cast in
             659      whatever manner the judges determine.
             660          (7) The expense of providing all ballots, blanks, or other supplies to be used at any
             661      primary election provided for by this section, and all expenses necessarily incurred in the
             662      preparation for or the conduct of that primary election shall be paid out of the treasury of the
             663      county or state, in the same manner as for the regular general elections.
             664          Section 7. Section 20A-9-502 is amended to read:
             665           20A-9-502. Certificate of nomination -- Contents -- Circulation -- Verification --
             666      Criminal penalty.
             667          (1) The candidate shall:
             668          (a) prepare a certificate of nomination in substantially the following form:
             669          "State of Utah, County of ______________________________________________
             670          I, ______________, declare my intention of becoming an unaffiliated candidate for the
             671      political group designated as ____ for the office of ____. I do solemnly swear that I can
             672      qualify to hold that office both legally and constitutionally if selected, and that I reside at ____
             673      Street, in the city of ____, county of ____, state of ______, zip code ____, phone ____, and


             674      that I am providing, or have provided, the required number of holographic signatures of
             675      registered voters required by law; that as a candidate at the next election I will not knowingly
             676      violate any election or campaign law; I will file all campaign financial disclosure reports as
             677      required by law; and I understand that failure to do so will result in my disqualification as a
             678      candidate for this office and removal of my name from the ballot.
             679     
__________________________________________

             680     
Subscribed and sworn to before me this ______(month\day\year).

             681     
__________________________________________

             682     
Notary Public (or other officer

             683     
qualified to administer oaths)";

             684          (b) bind signature sheets to the certificate that:
             685          (i) are printed on sheets of paper 8-1/2 inches long and 11 inches wide;
             686          (ii) are ruled with a horizontal line 3/4 inch from the top, with the space above that line
             687      blank for the purpose of binding;
             688          (iii) contain the name of the proposed candidate and the words "Unaffiliated Candidate
             689      Certificate of Nomination Petition" printed directly below the horizontal line;
             690          (iv) contain the word "Warning" printed directly under the words described in
             691      Subsection (1)(b)(iii);
             692          (v) contain, to the right of the word "Warning," the following statement printed in not
             693      less than eight-point, single leaded type:
             694          "It is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to knowingly sign a certificate of nomination
             695      signature sheet with any name other than the person's own name or more than once for the
             696      same candidate or if the person is not registered to vote in this state and does not intend to
             697      become registered to vote in this state before the county clerk certifies the signatures.";
             698          (vi) contain the following statement directly under the statement described in
             699      Subsection (1)(b)(v):
             700          "Each signer says:
             701          I have personally signed this petition with a holographic signature;


             702          I am registered to vote in Utah or intend to become registered to vote in Utah before the
             703      county clerk certifies my signature; and
             704          My street address is written correctly after my name.";
             705          (vii) contain horizontally ruled lines, 3/8 inch apart under the statement described in
             706      Subsection (1)(b)(vi); and
             707          (viii) be vertically divided into columns as follows:
             708          (A) the first column shall appear at the extreme left of the sheet, be 5/8 inch wide, be
             709      headed with "For Office Use Only," and be subdivided with a light vertical line down the
             710      middle;
             711          (B) the next column shall be 2-1/2 inches wide, headed "Registered Voter's Printed
             712      Name (must be legible to be counted)";
             713          (C) the next column shall be 2-1/2 inches wide, headed "Holographic Signature of
             714      Registered Voter";
             715          (D) the next column shall be one inch wide, headed "Birth Date or Age (Optional)";
             716          (E) the final column shall be 4-3/8 inches wide, headed "Street Address, City, Zip
             717      Code"; and
             718          (F) at the bottom of the sheet, contain the following statement: "Birth date or age
             719      information is not required, but it may be used to verify your identity with voter registration
             720      records. If you choose not to provide it, your signature may not be certified as a valid signature
             721      if you change your address before petition signatures are certified or if the information you
             722      provide does not match your voter registration records."; and
             723          (c) bind a final page to one or more signature sheets that are bound together that
             724      contains, except as provided by Subsection [(2)] (3), the following printed statement:
             725          "Verification
             726          State of Utah, County of ____
             727          I, _______________, of ____, hereby state that:
             728          I am a Utah resident and am at least 18 years old;
             729          All the names that appear on the signature sheets bound to this page were signed by


             730      persons who professed to be the persons whose names appear on the signature sheets, and each
             731      of them signed the person's name on the signature sheets in my presence;
             732          I believe that each has printed and signed the person's name and written the person's
             733      street address correctly, and that each signer is registered to vote in Utah or will register to vote
             734      in Utah before the county clerk certifies the signatures on the signature sheet.
             735          ______________________________________________________________________
             736          (Signature)            (Residence Address)                (Date)".
             737          (2) An agent designated to file a certificate of nomination under Subsection
             738      20A-9-503 (4) may not sign the form described in Subsection (1)(a).
             739          [(2)] (3) (a) The candidate shall circulate the nomination petition and ensure that the
             740      person in whose presence each signature sheet is signed:
             741          (i) is at least 18 years old;
             742          (ii) except as provided by Subsection [(2)] (3)(b), meets the residency requirements of
             743      Section 20A-2-105 ; and
             744          (iii) verifies each signature sheet by completing the verification bound to one or more
             745      signature sheets that are bound together.
             746          (b) A person who is not a resident may sign the verification on a petition for an
             747      unaffiliated candidate for the office of president of the United States.
             748          (c) A person may not sign the verification if the person signed a signature sheet bound
             749      to the verification.
             750          [(3)] (4) (a) It is unlawful for any person to:
             751          (i) knowingly sign a certificate of nomination signature sheet:
             752          (A) with any name other than the person's own name;
             753          (B) more than once for the same candidate; or
             754          (C) if the person is not registered to vote in this state and does not intend to become
             755      registered to vote in this state before the county clerk certifies the signatures; or
             756          (ii) sign the verification of a certificate of nomination signature sheet if the person:
             757          (A) except as provided by Subsection [(2)] (3)(b), does not meet the residency


             758      requirements of Section 20A-2-105 ;
             759          (B) has not witnessed the signing by those persons whose names appear on the
             760      certificate of nomination signature sheet; or
             761          (C) knows that a person whose signature appears on the certificate of nomination
             762      signature sheet is not registered to vote in this state and does not intend to become registered to
             763      vote in this state.
             764          (b) Any person violating this Subsection [(3)] (4) is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             765          (c) The attorney general or the county attorney shall prosecute any violation of this
             766      Subsection [(3)] (4).
             767          [(4)] (5) (a) The candidate shall submit the petition and signature sheets to the county
             768      clerk for certification when the petition has been completed by:
             769          (i) at least 1,000 registered voters residing within the state when the nomination is for
             770      an office to be filled by the voters of the entire state; or
             771          (ii) at least 300 registered voters residing within a political division or at least 5% of
             772      the registered voters residing within a political division, whichever is less, when the
             773      nomination is for an office to be filled by the voters of any political division smaller than the
             774      state.
             775          (b) In reviewing the petition, the county clerk shall count and certify only those persons
             776      who signed the petition with a holographic signature who:
             777          (i) are registered voters within the political division that the candidate seeks to
             778      represent; and
             779          (ii) did not sign any other certificate of nomination for that office.
             780          (c) The candidate may supplement or amend the certificate of nomination at any time
             781      on or before the filing deadline.
             782          Section 8. Section 20A-9-503 is amended to read:
             783           20A-9-503. Certificate of nomination -- Filing -- Fees.
             784          (1) After the certificate of nomination has been certified, executed, and acknowledged
             785      by the county clerk, the candidate shall:


             786          (a) between the second Friday in March and the close of normal office hours on the
             787      third Thursday in March of the year in which the regular general election will be held, file the
             788      petition in person with:
             789          (i) the lieutenant governor, if the office the candidate seeks is a constitutional office or
             790      a federal office; or
             791          (ii) the county clerk, if the office the candidate seeks is a county office; and
             792          (iii) pay the filing fee; or
             793          (b) not later than the close of normal office hours on June 15 of any odd-numbered
             794      year, file the petition in person with:
             795          (i) the municipal clerk, if the candidate seeks an office in a city or town;
             796          (ii) the local district clerk, if the candidate seeks an office in a local district; and
             797          (iii) pay the filing fee.
             798          (2) (a) At the time of filing, and before accepting the petition, the filing officer shall
             799      read the constitutional and statutory requirements for candidacy to the candidate.
             800          (b) If the candidate states that he does not meet the requirements, the filing officer may
             801      not accept the petition.
             802          (3) (a) Persons filing a certificate of nomination for president of the United States
             803      under this section shall pay a filing fee of $500.
             804          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a person filing a certificate of nomination for
             805      president or vice president of the United States:
             806          (i) may file the certificate of nomination between the second Friday in March and the
             807      close of normal office hours on August 15 of the year in which the regular general election will
             808      be held; and
             809          (ii) may use a designated agent to file the certificate of nomination.
             810          (c) An agent designated to file the certificate of nomination may not sign the certificate
             811      of nomination form.
             812          (4) Notwithstanding the requirement in Subsection (1) to file a certificate of
             813      nomination in person, a person may designate an agent to file the certificate of nomination in


             814      person with the filing officer if:
             815          (a) the person is located outside the state during the filing period because:
             816          (i) of employment with the state or the United States; or
             817          (ii) the person is a member of:
             818          (A) the active or reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or
             819      Coast Guard of the United States who is on active duty;
             820          (B) the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, or the
             821      commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United
             822      States; or
             823          (C) the National Guard on activated status; and
             824          (b) the person communicates with the filing officer using an electronic device that
             825      allows the person and the filing officer to see and hear each other.
             826          Section 9. Section 20A-9-601 is amended to read:
             827           20A-9-601. Qualifying as a write-in candidate.
             828          (1) (a) Each person wishing to become a valid write-in candidate shall file a declaration
             829      of candidacy in person, or through a designated agent for a candidate for president or vice
             830      president of the United States, with the appropriate filing officer not later than 30 days before
             831      the regular general election or 45 days before a municipal general election in which the person
             832      intends to be a write-in candidate.
             833          (b) (i) The form of the declaration of candidacy for all offices, except president of the
             834      United States, is substantially as follows:
             835          "State of Utah, County of ____
             836          I, ______________, declare my intention of becoming a candidate for the office of
             837      ____ for the ____ district (if applicable). I do solemnly swear that: I will meet the
             838      qualifications to hold the office, both legally and constitutionally, if selected; I reside at
             839      _____________ in the City or Town of ____, Utah, Zip Code ____, Phone No. ____; I will
             840      not knowingly violate any law governing campaigns and elections; I will file all campaign
             841      financial disclosure reports as required by law; and I understand that failure to do so will result


             842      in my disqualification as a candidate for this office and removal of my name from the ballot.
             843      The mailing address that I designate for receiving official election notices is
             844      ___________________________.
             845          ____________________________________________________________________
             846          Subscribed and sworn before me this __________(month\day\year).
             847          Notary Public (or other officer qualified to administer oath)."
             848          (ii) The form of the declaration of candidacy for president of the United States is
             849      substantially as follows:
             850          "State of Utah, County of ____
             851          I, ______________, declare my intention of becoming a candidate for the office of the
             852      president of the United States. I do solemnly swear that: I will meet the qualifications to hold
             853      the office, both legally and constitutionally, if selected; I reside at _____________ in the City
             854      or Town of ____, State ____, Zip Code ____, Phone No. ____; I will not knowingly violate
             855      any law governing campaigns and elections. The mailing address that I designate for receiving
             856      official election notices is ___________________________. I designate _______________ as
             857      my vice presidential candidate.
             858          ____________________________________________________________________
             859          Subscribed and sworn before me this __________(month\day\year).
             860          Notary Public (or other officer qualified to administer oath.)"
             861          (iii) An agent designated to file a declaration of candidacy under Subsection (2) may
             862      not sign the form described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) or (ii).
             863          [(b)] (c) (i) The filing officer shall:
             864          (A) read to the candidate the constitutional and statutory requirements for the office;
             865      and
             866          (B) ask the candidate whether or not the candidate meets the requirements.
             867          (ii) If the candidate cannot meet the requirements of office, the filing officer may not
             868      accept the write-in candidate's declaration of candidacy.
             869          (2) Notwithstanding the requirement in Subsection (1) to file a declaration of


             870      candidacy in person, a person may designate an agent to file the declaration of candidacy in
             871      person with the filing officer if:
             872          (a) the person is located outside the state during the filing period because:
             873          (i) of employment with the state or the United States; or
             874          (ii) the person is a member of:
             875          (A) the active or reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or
             876      Coast Guard of the United States who is on active duty;
             877          (B) the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, or the
             878      commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United
             879      States; or
             880          (C) the National Guard on activated status; and
             881          (b) the person communicates with the filing officer using an electronic device that
             882      allows the person and filing officer to see and hear each other.
             883          [(2)] (3) By November 1 of each regular general election year, the lieutenant governor
             884      shall certify to each county clerk the names of all write-in candidates who filed their
             885      declaration of candidacy with the lieutenant governor.
             886          Section 10. Section 20A-9-602 is amended to read:
             887           20A-9-602. Write-in candidacy and voting prohibited in certain circumstances.
             888          In elections for county attorney or district attorney that meet the requirements of
             889      Subsections 20A-6-302 [(3)](2) and [(4)] (3), a person may not file a declaration of candidacy
             890      as a write-in candidate under this part and the county clerk may not count any write-in votes
             891      received for the office of county or district attorney.
             892          Section 11. Section 20A-9-803 is amended to read:
             893           20A-9-803. Declaration of candidacy -- Filing fee -- Form.
             894          (1) Candidates for president of the United States who are affiliated with a registered
             895      political party in Utah that has elected to participate in Utah's Western States Presidential
             896      Primary and who wish to participate in the primary shall:
             897          (a) [except as provided in Subsection (1)(b),] file a declaration of candidacy, in person


             898      or via a designated agent, with the lieutenant governor between July 1 of the year before the
             899      primary election will be held and 5 p.m. on October 15 of the year before the primary election
             900      will be held;
             901          (b) identify the registered political party whose nomination the candidate is seeking;
             902          (c) provide a letter from the registered political party certifying that the candidate may
             903      participate as a candidate for that party in that party's presidential primary election; and
             904          (d) pay the filing fee of $500.
             905          (2) The lieutenant governor shall develop a declaration of candidacy form for
             906      presidential candidates participating in the primary.
             907          (3) An agent designated to file a declaration of candidacy may not sign the form
             908      described in Subsection (2).
             909          Section 12. Section 20A-11-206 is amended to read:
             910           20A-11-206. State office candidate -- Failure to file reports -- Penalties.
             911          (1) (a) If a state office candidate fails to file an interim report due before the regular
             912      primary election, on August 31, or before the regular general election, the lieutenant governor
             913      shall, after making a reasonable attempt to discover if the report was timely filed[: (i)], inform
             914      the county clerk and other appropriate election officials [who:] that the state office candidate is
             915      disqualified.
             916          [(A) (I) shall, if practicable, remove the name of the candidate from the ballots before
             917      the ballots are delivered to voters; or]
             918          [(II) shall, if removing the candidate's name from the ballot is not practicable, inform
             919      the voters by any practicable method that the candidate has been disqualified and that votes
             920      cast for the candidate will not be counted; and]
             921          [(B) may not count any votes for that candidate; and]
             922          [(ii) impose a fine against the filing entity in accordance with Section 20A-11-1005 .]
             923          (b) (i) [Any state office candidate who fails to file timely a financial statement required
             924      by Subsection 20A-11-204 (1)(b), (c), or (d) is disqualified and the] The vacancy on the ballot
             925      resulting from the disqualification may be filled as provided in Section 20A-1-501 .


             926          (ii) If a state office candidate is disqualified under Subsection (1)(a), the election
             927      official shall:
             928          (A) remove the candidate's name from the ballot; or
             929          (B) if removing the candidate's name from the ballot is not practicable, inform the
             930      voters by any practicable method that the candidate has been disqualified and that votes cast for
             931      the candidate will not be counted.
             932          (c) Notwithstanding Subsections (1)(a) and (1)(b), a state office candidate is not
             933      disqualified and the lieutenant governor may not impose a fine if:
             934          (i) the candidate timely files the reports required by this section no later than the due
             935      date in accordance with Section 20A-11-103 ;
             936          (ii) the reports are completed, detailing accurately and completely the information
             937      required by this part except for inadvertent omissions or insignificant errors or inaccuracies;
             938      and
             939          (iii) the omissions, errors, or inaccuracies described in Subsection (1)(c)(ii) are
             940      corrected in:
             941          (A) an amended report; or
             942          (B) the next scheduled report.
             943          (2) (a) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of a summary report, the lieutenant
             944      governor shall review each filed summary report to ensure that:
             945          (i) each state office candidate that is required to file a summary report has filed one;
             946      and
             947          (ii) each summary report contains the information required by this part.
             948          (b) If it appears that any state office candidate has failed to file the summary report
             949      required by law, if it appears that a filed summary report does not conform to the law, or if the
             950      lieutenant governor has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the
             951      falsity of any summary report, the lieutenant governor shall, within five days of discovery of a
             952      violation or receipt of a written complaint, notify the state office candidate of the violation or
             953      written complaint and direct the state office candidate to file a summary report correcting the


             954      problem.
             955          (c) (i) It is unlawful for any state office candidate to fail to file or amend a summary
             956      report within 14 days after receiving notice from the lieutenant governor under this section.
             957          (ii) Each state office candidate who violates Subsection (2)(c)(i) is guilty of a class B
             958      misdemeanor.
             959          (iii) The lieutenant governor shall report all violations of Subsection (2)(c)(i) to the
             960      attorney general.
             961          Section 13. Section 20A-11-305 is amended to read:
             962           20A-11-305. Legislative office candidate -- Failure to file report -- Penalties.
             963          (1) (a) If a legislative office candidate fails to file an interim report due before the
             964      regular primary election, on August 31, or before the regular general election, the lieutenant
             965      governor shall, after making a reasonable attempt to discover if the report was timely filed[:
             966      (i)], inform the county clerk and other appropriate election officials [who:] that the legislative
             967      office candidate is disqualified.
             968          [(A) (I) shall, if practicable, remove the name of the candidate from the ballots before
             969      the ballots are delivered to voters; or]
             970          [(II) shall, if removing the candidate's name from the ballot is not practicable, inform
             971      the voters by any practicable method that the candidate has been disqualified and that votes
             972      cast for the candidate will not be counted; and]
             973          [(B) may not count any votes for that candidate; and]
             974          [(ii) impose a fine against the filing entity in accordance with Section 20A-11-1005 .]
             975          (b) (i) [Any legislative office candidate who fails to file timely a financial statement
             976      required by Subsection 20A-11-303 (1)(b), (c), or (d) is disqualified and the] The vacancy on
             977      the ballot resulting from the disqualification may be filled as provided in Section 20A-1-501 .
             978          (ii) If a legislative office candidate is disqualified under Subsection (1)(a), the election
             979      officer shall:
             980          (A) remove the candidate's name from the ballot; or
             981          (B) if removing the candidate's name from the ballot is not practicable, inform the


             982      voters by any practicable method that the candidate has been disqualified and that votes cast for
             983      the candidate will not be counted.
             984          (c) Notwithstanding Subsections (1)(a) and (1)(b), a legislative office candidate is not
             985      disqualified and the lieutenant governor may not impose a fine if:
             986          (i) the candidate timely files the reports required by this section no later than the due
             987      date in accordance with Section 20A-11-103 ;
             988          (ii) the reports are completed, detailing accurately and completely the information
             989      required by this part except for inadvertent omissions or insignificant errors or inaccuracies;
             990      and
             991          (iii) the omissions, errors, or inaccuracies described in Subsection (1)(c)(ii) are
             992      corrected in:
             993          (A) an amended report; or
             994          (B) the next scheduled report.
             995          (2) (a) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of a summary report, the lieutenant
             996      governor shall review each filed summary report to ensure that:
             997          (i) each legislative office candidate that is required to file a summary report has filed
             998      one; and
             999          (ii) each summary report contains the information required by this part.
             1000          (b) If it appears that any legislative office candidate has failed to file the summary
             1001      report required by law, if it appears that a filed summary report does not conform to the law, or
             1002      if the lieutenant governor has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the
             1003      falsity of any summary report, the lieutenant governor shall, within five days of discovery of a
             1004      violation or receipt of a written complaint, notify the legislative office candidate of the
             1005      violation or written complaint and direct the legislative office candidate to file a summary
             1006      report correcting the problem.
             1007          (c) (i) It is unlawful for any legislative office candidate to fail to file or amend a
             1008      summary report within 14 days after receiving notice from the lieutenant governor under this
             1009      section.


             1010          (ii) Each legislative office candidate who violates Subsection (2)(c)(i) is guilty of a
             1011      class B misdemeanor.
             1012          (iii) The lieutenant governor shall report all violations of Subsection (2)(c)(i) to the
             1013      attorney general.
             1014          Section 14. Section 20A-11-1305 is amended to read:
             1015           20A-11-1305. School board office candidate -- Failure to file statement --
             1016      Penalties.
             1017          (1) (a) If a school board office candidate fails to file an interim report due before the
             1018      regular primary election, on August 31, or before the regular general election, the chief election
             1019      officer shall, after making a reasonable attempt to discover if the report was timely filed:
             1020          (i) inform the county clerk and other appropriate election officials who:
             1021          (A) (I) shall, if practicable, remove the name of the candidate from the ballots before
             1022      the ballots are delivered to voters; or
             1023          (II) shall, if removing the candidate's name from the ballot is not practicable, inform
             1024      the voters by any practicable method that the candidate has been disqualified and that votes
             1025      cast for the candidate will not be counted; and
             1026          (B) may not count any votes for that candidate; and
             1027          (ii) impose a fine against the filing entity in accordance with Section 20A-11-1005 .
             1028          (b) Any school board office candidate who fails to file timely a financial statement
             1029      required by Subsection 20A-11-1303 (1)(b), (c), or (d) is disqualified [and the vacancy on the
             1030      ballot may be filled as provided in Section 20A-1-501 ].
             1031          (c) Notwithstanding Subsections (1)(a) and (1)(b), a school board office candidate is
             1032      not disqualified and the chief election officer may not impose a fine if:
             1033          (i) the candidate timely files the reports required by this section in accordance with
             1034      Section 20A-11-103 ;
             1035          (ii) those reports are completed, detailing accurately and completely the information
             1036      required by this part except for inadvertent omissions or insignificant errors or inaccuracies;
             1037      and


             1038          (iii) those omissions, errors, or inaccuracies described in Subsection (1)(c)(ii) are
             1039      corrected in:
             1040          (A) an amended report; or
             1041          (B) the next scheduled report.
             1042          (2) (a) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of a summary report by a candidate
             1043      for state school board, the lieutenant governor shall review each filed summary report to ensure
             1044      that:
             1045          (i) each state school board candidate that is required to file a summary report has filed
             1046      one; and
             1047          (ii) each summary report contains the information required by this part.
             1048          (b) If it appears that any state school board candidate has failed to file the summary
             1049      report required by law, if it appears that a filed summary report does not conform to the law, or
             1050      if the lieutenant governor has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the
             1051      falsity of any summary report, the lieutenant governor shall, within five days of discovery of a
             1052      violation or receipt of a written complaint, notify the state school board candidate of the
             1053      violation or written complaint and direct the state school board candidate to file a summary
             1054      report correcting the problem.
             1055          (c) (i) It is unlawful for any state school board candidate to fail to file or amend a
             1056      summary report within 14 days after receiving notice from the lieutenant governor under this
             1057      section.
             1058          (ii) Each state school board candidate who violates Subsection (2)(c)(i) is guilty of a
             1059      class B misdemeanor.
             1060          (iii) The lieutenant governor shall report all violations of Subsection (2)(c)(i) to the
             1061      attorney general.
             1062          (3) (a) Within 30 days after a deadline for the filing of a summary report, the county
             1063      clerk shall review each filed summary report to ensure that:
             1064          (i) each local school board candidate that is required to file a summary report has filed
             1065      one; and


             1066          (ii) each summary report contains the information required by this part.
             1067          (b) If it appears that any local school board candidate has failed to file the summary
             1068      report required by law, if it appears that a filed summary report does not conform to the law, or
             1069      if the county clerk has received a written complaint alleging a violation of the law or the falsity
             1070      of any summary report, the county clerk shall, within five days of discovery of a violation or
             1071      receipt of a written complaint, notify the local school board candidate of the violation or
             1072      written complaint and direct the local school board candidate to file a summary report
             1073      correcting the problem.
             1074          (c) (i) It is unlawful for any local school board candidate to fail to file or amend a
             1075      summary report within 14 days after receiving notice from the county clerk under this section.
             1076          (ii) Each local school board candidate who violates Subsection (3)(c)(i) is guilty of a
             1077      class B misdemeanor.
             1078          (iii) The county clerk shall report all violations of Subsection (3)(c)(i) to the district or
             1079      county attorney.


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