Rep. Dan McCay is running a terrible, horrible, no good very bad bill that is on the move today. HB 338S2 Election Amendments would enact a series of modifications to election law, including:
- Shortening the period of time in which a person filing for candidacy has to announce a decision to gather petition signatures in order to be placed on the primary ballot (from as much as 80 days down to just 4).
- Prohibiting the Lt. Governor from keeping convention-nominated candidates off the primary ballot if their political party is attempted to keep a petition candidate off a primary ballot – meaning the political party would have no consequences for attempting to thwart the law under SB 54.
- Repealing the County My Vote compromise legislation (SB 54 from 2014) if the 2018 County My Vote ballot initiative fails – meaning candidates from either party would no longer be able to collect petition signatures as an alternate route to to the primary ballot, leaving only the caucus/convention nominating process as the only option for candidates.
The SB 54 compromise legislation allowing candidates an alternate route to the primary ballot has the strong support of a majority of Utahns. Repealing this option for candidates is against the will of the people of our great state.
According to the latest Dan Jones poll (January 30, 2018), 60% of Utahns do NOT want a return to a caucus/convention only system and a majority of people support the SB 54 compromise bill. SB 388S2 subverts the will of the people and reduces our ability to have a voice in elections.
The House suspended the Rules today in order to pass this bill, and it now moves on to the Senate with floor sponsor Sen. Lincoln Fillmore.