7 LONG TITLE
8 Committee Note:
9 The Government Operations Interim Committee recommended this bill.
10 General Description:
11 This bill amends provisions related to election notice requirements.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ clarifies the manner in which notice of certain election information is required to be
15 given; and
16 ▸ provides an option for providing the election notice by publication in a newspaper
17 or by mail to each registered voter who resides in the area to which the election
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 20A-5-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 296
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 20A-5-101 is amended to read:
29 20A-5-101. Notice of election.
30 (1) On or before November 15 in the year before each regular general election year, the
31 lieutenant governor shall prepare and transmit a written notice to each county clerk that:
32 (a) designates the offices to be filled at the next year's regular general election;
33 (b) identifies the dates for filing a declaration of candidacy, and for submitting and
34 certifying nomination petition signatures, as applicable, under Sections 20A-9-403, 20A-9-407,
35 and 20A-9-408 for those offices;
36 (c) includes the master ballot position list for the next year and the year following as
37 established under Section 20A-6-305; and
38 (d) contains a description of any ballot propositions to be decided by the voters that
39 have qualified for the ballot as of that date.
40 (2) (a) No later than seven business days after the day on which the lieutenant governor
41 transmits the written notice described in Subsection (1), each county clerk shall:
42 (i) publish a notice:
43 (A) once in a newspaper published in that county; and
44 (B) as required in Section 45-1-101; or
45 (ii) (A) cause a copy of the notice to be posted in a conspicuous place most likely to
46 give notice of the election to the voters in each voting precinct within the county; and
47 (B) prepare an affidavit of that posting, showing a copy of the notice and the places
48 where the notice was posted.
49 (b) The notice required by Subsection (2)(a) shall:
50 (i) designate the offices to be voted on in that election; and
51 (ii) identify the dates for filing a declaration of candidacy for those offices.
52 (3) Before each election, the election officer shall give [
53 following information, or printed notice of a website where the following information can be
55 (a) the date and place of election;
56 (b) the hours during which the polls will be open;
57 (c) the polling places for each voting precinct;
58 (d) an election day voting center designated under Section 20A-3-703; and
59 (e) the qualifications for persons to vote in the election.
60 (4) To provide the printed notice [
61 officer shall:
62 (a) publish the notice at least two days before [
64 election [
66 (b) mail the notice to each registered voter who resides in the area to which the election
67 pertains at least five days before election day.
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