Primary elections are tomorrow!
If you do nothing else this week, we encourage you to vote in your primary election tomorrow, Tuesday, August 15th. Primary elections are being held across the state for municipal and special service district positions. These are nonpartisan positions such as mayor, city council, water, sewer, parks & rec, etc. In some cities there are up to 6 mayoral candidates, which must be narrowed down to just two for the general election ballot in November. Voter participation in these elections is historically very low, so your vote matters more. Vote and get your voice heard in these elections.
If you live in Congressional District 3, your vote is especially important!
The CD-3 primary election will narrow down the field of three Republican candidates vying to take over Jason Chaffetz’s vacated House seat to just one for the primary ballot. The Republican candidate in this historically Republican district is the most likely winner of the general election in November, so it is imperative that eligible registered voters in CD-3 know their rights and vote if they would like to. Unfortunately, great confusion has clouded the CD-3 primary, with Republican and unaffiliated voters unclear about whether or not they can vote and how. That’s why Action Utah is working with other nonpartisan organizations, Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Salt Lake Indivisible, to spread the word about who can vote.
Who can vote in the CD-3 GOP primary?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 registered voters, if they go to the polls in person with proper ID on Tuesday, August 15th, and affiliate as Republican at that time
Clearing up confusion
Some unaffiliated registered voters received mail-in ballots by mistake in CD-3. These ballots WILL NOT COUNT in the CD-3 GOP primary, but any votes on these ballots for municipal elections WILL count. If you are a registered unaffiliated voter in CD-3 who would like to participate in the GOP primary, the only way to do so is to show up at the polls with proper ID on Tuesday, August 15th, affiliate as a Republican right then and there, and then cast your vote. Note: if you are a registered unaffiliated voter in CD-3 who already mailed in a ballot, your CD-3 vote on the ballot will not count, but YOU ARE STILL ELIGIBLE TO VOTE in the CD-3 GOP primary if you desire to affiliate as a Republican at the polls tomorrow.
Some Republican registered voters in CD-3 received ballots without an option to vote in the CD-3 GOP special election primary by mistake. If you are a Republican in CD-3 who was not able to vote on a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, please contact your municipal or county clerk immediately.
Some registered voters were falsely told they did not have an in-person polling location at all. However, all eligible voters have an in-person polling location for the CD-3 GOP primary. To find the polling location(s) you are eligible to vote at, please enter your address at vote.utah.gov or call your municipal or county clerk or recorder directly.
NOON – Rally for Free and Fair Elections in CD-3, Utah County Courthouse, Provo. Join Action Utah, MWEG and SL Indivisible for a nonpartisan rally and press conference to educated voters, encourage civic engagement and clear up confusion around the unprecedented CD-3 special election primary. Please bring appropriate signs (no campaigning for candidates). RSVP here.
Rallies for Unity – Multiple rallies are being held across Utah for solidarity and unity against the racist and tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Speak out against white supremacy and the need to come together as a nation to unilaterally condemn racist hatred and bigotry by joining any of these rallies:
- Rally for Unity – 5:30p, State Capitol Building, Salt Lake. Speakers will include Lt. Gov Spencer Cox and U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-CD4). Hosted by the Salt Lake County Republican Party and Utah County Republican Party.
- Rally for Solidarity – 7:00-8:00p, Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S State St, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. Hosted by Utah League of Native American Voters with speakers including the League’s Moroni Benally, Damon Harris of Utah Against Police Brutality, Troy Williams of Utah Equality, and Darlene McDonald of Utah Women of Color Council.
Wed, Aug 23rd, 8:30a-4:00p – Interim Session at the Capitol, Salt Lake City. Action Utah leaders and members attend Interim Sessions at the Capitol every month to sit in on public committee meetings, hear about the issues our legislators are studying, see how our legislative branch works and learn how to impact it. We invite you to join us for any part of the day, or to go on your own. We will offer a brief tour of the Capitol at 11:30. Contact us if you would like to attend. Committee meetings are held in meeting rooms around the Capitol during the morning and afternoon. See the Calendar on the State Legislative Website for more details on each committee and meeting agenda.
Thurs, Aug 24th, 6:00-8:00p – Town Hall with Rob Bishop (CD-1), Layton Christian Academy in Layton. All constituents of Congressional District 1 are reportedly invited for the first in-person, public town hall with Rob Bishop of the year.
As the dog days of summer come to an end, Action Utah is here to refresh your memory on recent actions that can still be taken on the local and national stage as well as new actions that are needed. Congress will soon return to action and a new school year will begin. Action Utah will continue to bring you meaningful calls to action and keep you informed about the issues. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected with daily and urgent actions as well!
1. Participate in the 2017 Primary Elections. 2017 elections are about electing our local municipal and special service district officers, and also for an unprecedented special election in Congressional District 3 to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
- Use our nonpartisan VOTER GUIDE to help you find the information you need to vote by the end of the day TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 15th.
- Make a plan to vote in person tomorrow (if you haven’t already voted early or by mail) and make sure you carry it out.
- Join us TODAY for a rally and press conference in Provo to help CD-3 eligible voters know their rights and vote in the CD-3 GOP primary. Find out more here.
2. Help Utah students get a better education. According to recent pieces in the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune, physical education, health, the arts, and college and career readiness courses will no longer be core requirements in Utah middle schools. The board vote was close (9-6). It is important that all state board members hear from Utahns across the state who find this decision and its expedited timeline troubling.
- Give feedback to school board members. Find your board member here and write them an e-mail or give them a phone call to explain why this drastic change negatively impacts you, your children, your students and the state of Utah.
- Did you sign up to support Our Schools Now, the ballot initiative to better fund Utah’s public schools? If so, check your inboxes for an e-mail that determines your closest public school and the number of signatures you are able to gather. This information should lead to public trainings and then signature gathering.
- Get education alerts. Other ways to help public schools will be coming soon. You can sign up for education alerts delivered directly to your inbox by contacting us.
1. Condemn the violence in Charlottesville. Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted last weekend as a result of reaction to peaceful protesters countering the largest white nationalist rally this nation has seen in approximately 40 years. The numbers of dead and wounded in the fight to counter white supremacy and domestic terrorism are increasing. Despite our own Congressional delegation directly condemning the violence, POTUS has not. Utahns plan to march in solidarity with Virginia on Monday, August 14th at 7 pm.
- Join a rally for unity and solidarity TODAY. Details above.
2. Support a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Recent polls show strong support for Dreamers, or immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents as children: 78% of American voters support providing Dreamers with a path to citizenship, including 73% of Trump voters. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which began in 2012, has provided deportation relief and work permits for over 800,000 of these young people. This program is under attack. Learn what you can do to defend it by clicking here.
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Andrea & Katie,
Co-Founders, Action Utah