Chief Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble


8     General Description:
9          This bill requires that the state hold a presidential primary election every four years.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     requires the Legislature to fund a presidential primary election; and
13          ▸     permits a political party to participate in a presidential primary election.
14     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
15          This bill appropriates:
16          ▸     to the Office of the Governor - Office of the Lieutenant Governor, as an ongoing,
17     nonlapsing appropriation:
18               •     from the General Fund, $100,000, subject to intent language stating that the
19     appropriation be spent for a presidential primary election.
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     ENACTS:
24          20A-9-810, Utah Code Annotated 1953

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 20A-9-810 is enacted to read:
28          20A-9-810. Presidential primary required.
29          (1) A presidential primary election shall be held each year in which a presidential

30     election will be held.
31          (2) A registered political party that wishes to nominate a presidential candidate for the
32     general election may participate in a presidential primary election conducted under this section.
33          (3) The Legislature shall appropriate sufficient funds to administer each presidential
34     primary election conducted under this section.
35          Section 2. Appropriation.
36          The following sums of money are appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
37     2017, and ending June 30, 2018. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for
38     fiscal year 2018. Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures
39     Act, the Legislature appropriates the following sums of money from the funds or accounts
40     indicated for the use and support of the government of the state of Utah.
41     ITEM 1
42          To the Office of the Governor
43               From General Fund

44               Schedule of Programs:
45                    Office of the Lieutenant Governor               $100,000
46          (1) The Legislature intends that the Office of the Lieutenant Governor:
47          (a) use the funds appropriated under this Item (1) for the administration of a
48     presidential primary election conducted under Section 20A-9-810;
49          (b) prioritize the distribution of the funds appropriated under this Item (1) for use by
50     counties in the administration of a presidential primary election; and
51          (c) expend funds not distributed to counties under Subsection (1)(b) for the
52     administration of a presidential primary election, including for the training of election officials
53     and voter outreach.
54          (2) Funds appropriated under this Item (1) are nonlapsing.