Chief Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

House Sponsor: Jack R. Draxler


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
18     pertains.
19     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20          None
21     Other Special Clauses:
22          None
23     Utah Code Sections Affected:
24     AMENDS:
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 [written or] printed notice of the
53     following information, or printed notice of a website where the following information can be
54     obtained:
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 [required by] described in Subsection (3), the election
61     officer shall:
62          (a) publish the notice at least two days before [the] election day:
63          [(a)] (i) in a newspaper of general circulation common to the area [or in] to which the
64     election [is being held] pertains; and
65          [(b)] (ii) as required in Section 45-1-101[.]; or
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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