The special GOP primary election in Utah’s Congressional District 3 is unprecedented — the first special election to replace a member of Congress in the middle of a term since 1930, and the first to boast not one but two petition candidates selected directly by voters instead of delegates, including front-runner John Curtis.
Because the election is so unusual, there has been a lot of confusion about who can and cannot vote in the CD-3 GOP primary. Action Utah has partnered with other nonpartisan organizations Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Salt Lake Indivisible to hold a press conference and rally at the Utah County Courthouse on Monday, August 14 at 12:00p to clear up confusion, educate voters and encourage civic engagement.
CALL TO ACTION
- Join us for a rally and press conference to educate voters and encourage them to vote in the 3rd Congressional District Special Republican Primary Election. Bring signs that read: “Vote! It’s Your Right!” or “Let Your Voice Be Heard!” or “Your Vote is Your Future!” or “Every Vote Counts!” or “If You Don’t Vote, You Lose the Right to Complain!” etc. Please, no campaign signs for specific candidates.
WHEN: Monday, August 14 at 12:00 noon
WHERE: Utah County Courthouse (right across from the new Provo City Center Temple)
WHAT: Educate voters and encourage civic engagement
RSVP: Please let us know if you are coming here so we can get a good head count
- Spread the word about who can vote by SHARING THIS on social media.
Who can vote?
Republican primaries in Utah are closed, which means not everyone can vote. However, a majority of registered voters actually qualify to vote if they are residents of Congressional District 3 and are:
- Voters who registered or affiliated as Republicans at least 30 days in advance of the election
- Unaffiliated voters, if they go to the polls with proper ID on Tuesday, August 15th, and affiliate as Republicans at that time
The most confusion has been around unaffiliated voters, who make up 39% of registered voters in Utah — particularly after mail-in ballots were mistakenly sent out to them in some counties. Many unaffiliated voters mistakenly thought they could vote by mail-in ballot, not knowing they had to go to the polls in person and affiliate as Republicans for their vote to count. Postcards were sent out nearly two weeks later stating that their vote for the 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary race would not be counted.
It is vital that we get the word out to these unaffiliated voters that, by law, they CAN vote in this critical election, but only by showing up at the polls in person (with proper ID) on Tuesday, August 15, affiliating right there as a Republican, and then casting their vote.
Previously casted mail-in ballots from unaffiliated voters will not be counted.
Let’s help eligible voters know their voting rights and get their voices heard in this election!