Lt. Governor of Utah

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The Lieutenant Governor is the person responsible for overseeing elections and ballot initiatives in Utah. There is a five step process to getting an initiative on the ballot in Utah.

Step To Put a Ballot Initiative on the Ballot

  • Steps 1: Apply to the Lt Governor.

To apply to the Lt. Governor for a ballot initiative you must submit a completed form (shown here[1] (dead link)) in person to the Lt. Governors office with a statement about the initiative that also includes whether or not the signature collectors will be paid. The Lt. Governor may reject the initiative if the law "is patently unconstitutional, nonsensical, if it could not become law if passed, or if the law proposed by the initiative is identical or substantially similar to an initiative submitted for evaluation within two years prior to the date of application."

  • Step 2: Hold Public Hearings before cirullation

According to the Lt. Governors office you must hold seven public hearings throughout the state before you can circulate a petition, here are the locations that the hearings must be held (from the Utah Lt. Governor website)

One in the Bear River region – Box Elder, Cache or Rich County

One in the Southwest region – Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane or Washington County

One in the Mountain region – Summit, Utah or Wasatch County

One in the Central region – Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier or Wayne County

One in the Southeast region – Carbon, Emery, Grand or San Juan County

One in the Uintah Basin region – Daggett, Duchesne or Uintah County

One in the Wasatch Front region – Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele or Weber County

These meetings must be publicized as well as recorded either by audio video or by detailed minutes so they may be distributed to the public by the Lt. Governor's office.

  • Step 3: Creating the petition.

When creating the petition sheet for voters to sign one must follow these guidelines

Petitions must be circulated with the front sheet(s), which includes the petition wording and the Lt. Governor's certification.

Securely bind signature sheets to the front petition sheet; petitions that become separated are invalid. Petitions are generally secured with two staples across the top.

No more than 50 signatures sheets can be included in one petition packet.

  • Step 4: Gathering signatures

In order to get a ballot initiative on the ballot in Utah, one must gather enough signatures to equal 10% of all the votes cast for governor statewide in the last gubernatorial election and 10% of the votes for governor in 26 of the 29 counties in Utah for the last gubernatorial election. Here is a list of how these numbers currently breakdown county by county[2]

  • Step 5: Submitting to the county clerk.

finally The petitions must be submitted to the county clerk by June 1 to appear on the general election ballot. The County Clerk will check the signatures to make sure they are all valid for this reason it is suggested that there be more signatures than necessary to account for the errors that will occur.[3] (dead link)