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Utah elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Utah held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (4 seats) Approveda
State Executives (5 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State Senate (16 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (75 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (2 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Utah, 2012
U.S. Senate, Utah, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOrrin G. Hatch Incumbent 65.8% 657,608
     Democratic Scott Howell 30.2% 301,873
     Constitution Shaun Lynn McCausland 3.2% 31,905
     Utah Justice Daniel Geery 0.8% 8,342
     Independent Bill Barron 0% 0
Total Votes 999,728
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor, "2012 General Election Results"
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2012
Members of the U.S. House from Utah -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 2 3
Total 3 4
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Donna McAleer
Republican Party Rob Bishop
Constitution Party Sherry Phipps
Rob Bishop Republican Party Rob Bishop No
2nd Democratic Party Jay Seegmiller
Republican Party Chris Stewart
Constitution Party Jonathan Garrard
Independent Joseph Andrade
Independent Charles Kimball
Jim Matheson Republican Party Chris Stewart Yes
3rd Democratic Party Soren Simonsen
Republican Party Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz Republican Party Jason Chaffetz No
4th Democratic Party Jim Matheson
Republican Party Mia Love
Libertarian Party Jim Vein
N/A Democratic Party Jim Matheson No
See also: Utah state executive official elections, 2012

There were five state executive positions up for election.

Governor of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton 27.7% 253,514
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Herbert and Greg Bell Incumbent 68.4% 624,678
     Libertarian Ken Larsen and Rob Latham 2.2% 19,956
     Constitution Kirk Pearson and Tim Alders 1.7% 15,548
Total Votes 913,696
Election Results via State of Utah.

Attorney General of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dee W. Smith 30.1% 269,893
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Swallow 64.6% 579,118
     Libertarian W. Andrew McCullough 5.3% 47,347
Total Votes 896,358
Election Results via Utah Lieutenant Governor (dead link).

Utah State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Sage 29.5% 259,576
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dougall 65.4% 575,677
     Constitution Richard Proctor 5.2% 45,373
Total Votes 880,626
Election Results via Utah Lieutenant Governor (dead link).

Utah Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Christopher Stout 28.1% 247,277
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Ellis Incumbent 66.9% 589,045
     Libertarian Vincent Marcus 5% 44,257
Total Votes 880,579
Election Results via Utah Lieutenant Governor (dead link).

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Utah State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 5
     Republican Party 22 24
Total 29 29

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012
Utah House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 17 14
     Republican Party 58 61
Total 75 75

See also: Utah 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment A Taxes Require a portion of the revenue from all of the state's severance taxes to be deposited into the permanent state trust fund. Approveda
LRCA Amendment B Taxes Exempt military personnel from paying property taxes. Approveda

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Utah uses a partially open primary system; Republicans have a closed primary, and Democrats and independents can vote in the Democratic primary. Both parties hold conventions before the primary. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by June 11, 2012, which is 15 days before the primary took place , or by May 29, 2012 for mail-in registration.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9. October 22, or 15 days prior to election, is the deadline if registering in person[2]

Note: Some states have a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may fall on a weekend and Columbus Day is on Monday, October 8th, have extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Resident of Utah for at least 30 days[3]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Utah. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the county election officer no later than the Thursday before Election Day.[5] A returned absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before the election.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Utah is one of 34 states that have early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends the Friday prior to Election Day.[7][8] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also