Crunch Time for Signature Gathering and More

NOW is a critical time to help out for elections!

 

For those Utahns who are currently running for office in the 2018 Midterm elections, there are several hurdles they must get through this month to determine whether or not the rest of us will get a chance to consider them on the ballot come primaries June 26th and the general election November 8th. Same with ballot initiatives. If you have been meaning to be more active helping a candidate or ballot initiative NOW IS THE TIME.

 

Ballot initiatives have until April 15th to collect the 113,000 valid signatures they need to be placed on the ballot in November. The deadline has already passed for some petition GOP candidates, but others and all Democratic petition candidates have to meet imminent deadlines within the next two weeks to have a chance at making it onto a primary ballot. Other candidates need help contacting delegates and winning over votes. Some simply need donations.

 

1. Help a candidate. Find out who is running in your federal, state Senate and state House districts on this candidate filing list. Email a candidate and ask to find out more about them and learn how you can be of help THIS WEEK. Often volunteering even a few hours of time is extremely helpful!

 

2. Help a ballot initiative. Like candidates, ballot initiatives need volunteers, even for just a few hours of precious time, to cross the high signature threshold and make it onto the ballot. Donations are also extremely helpful.

 

Better Boundaries – Instating an independent redistricting commission to decide on district lines in 2020 and beyond.

County My Vote – Eliminating the Caucus/Convention elections system to give more power to the voters.

Medical Marijuana – Permitting medical use of marijuana to treat a limited number of medical conditions.

Utah Decides Healthcare – Expanding Medicaid and CHIP for tens of thousands of Utahns who currently fall in the health insurance gap.

 

Are you a woman candidate? Attend Real Women Run’s Spring Training on April 7th to learn everything you need to know to run a successful campaign! Details and register here.

 

No candidates to support in your district? Consider helping a good candidate in another district. Here is a list of candidates we know of so far who are Action Utah members and leaders you could start with. Please note that we do not endorse candidates at Action Utah, but we certainly congratulate all these candidates for running — often for the first time — and offering to do public service on behalf of their constituents! (Have we missed your name? Please let contact us to let us know if you are running for office!). Find other candidates to support through your party.

 

Rep. Patrice Arent (D) – Incumbent House Representative running for reelection for House District 36 (Millcreek)

Emily Ellsworth (R) – Action Utah board member and former Congressional staffer running for Senate District 15 (Utah County)

Shireen Ghorbani (D) – A communications professional and board chair of the Rape Recovery Center is running for the United States House of Representatives in District 2.

Suzanne Harrison (D) – Anesthesiologist running for House District 32 (Draper)

Stephanie Pitcher (D) – Lawyer and Director of the Utah Women’s Coalition running for House District 40 (Salt Lake)

Jen Dailey Provost (D) – Health care advocate running for House District 24 (Salt Lake)

Matt Styles (G) – Action Utah member running for House District 61 (Provo)

 

Real Women Run Spring Training – April 7th, 8:00a-2:00p, Thomas S. Monson Center in SLC. Your chance this election season to get training on every aspect of running a successful campaign, including small group or one-on-one sessions with campaign experts to get your questions answered and receive guidance specific to your campaign. Register here.

April 7 – Action Utah’s DAY OF ACTION for Medicaid Expansion (Utah Decides Healthcare). Join other Action Utah members and help us gather signatures at the Real game, 6:30p. Click HERE to RSVP.

 

 

IMPORTANT 2018 DATES:

  • March 31-April 14th – Deadlines for submitting signatures for candidates trying to get on the primary ballot (please contact your party for deadlines in your area or the State candidate manual)
  • April 7th-19th – Various Republican County Conventions:
    • APR 7, 2018: BOX ELDER COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 10, 2018: BEAVER COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 10, 2018 @ 4 PM: DAGGETT COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 10, 2018 @ 6 PM: UINTAH COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 10, 2018 @ 7 PM: DUCHESNE COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 11, 2018: MILLARD COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 12, 2018: RICH COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 12, 2018: EMERY COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 13, 2018: TOOELE COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 14, 2018: DAVIS, IRON, SALT LAKE, UTAH, WEBER COUNTY CONVENTIONS
    • APR 17, 2018: SUMMIT COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 17, 2018: WASATCH COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 17, 2018: GARFIELD COUNTY CONVENTION
    • APR 19, 2018 @6PM: SEVIER COUNTY CONVENTION
      • APR 19, 2018 @7PM: SANPETE COUNTY CONVENTION
  • April 15th – Deadline for ballot initiatives to submit the required signatures to be included on the ballot
  • April 21 – GOP State Party Convention where delegates select up to two candidates for the party’s primary elections to join any petition candidates
  • April 28 – Democratic Party Convention
  • May 25th – Deadline to register to vote as a Republican in the GOP primary election
  • June 26th – Primary Election
  • November 6th – General Election

State Issues

1. Let the School Safety Commission know how you feel about addressing school safety and gun violence. The Utah School Safety Commission is now soliciting public comment for recommendations from parents,teachers, students, voters, and community members on what policies Utahans would like to see implemented to help prevent gun violence and enhance safety in our schools throughout Utah. They are also holding a series of town halls to discuss the issues with community members.

Click here to submit a comment.

Or plan on attending a town hall, here are the details:

  • April 3, Box Elder High School, Brigham City, 7PM
  • April 10, Morgan School District Bldg, Morgan, 7PM
  • April 11, Rich School District Bldg, Randolph, 7PM

 

2. Thank Governor Herbert for funding the opioid crisis prevention curriculum! After the legislature failed to fund a science curriculum that would help prevent addiction, Governor Herbert stepped in last week and funded it by executive grant. Thanking our elected officials is important!

 

3. Ask legislators to sustain the Governor’s vote on SB 171. SB 171 Intervention Amendments allows the legislature to intervene in any court case that may challenge laws passed by the legislature.  This is a duty currently performed exclusively by the state attorney general within the executive branch. It also comes with a price tag of $700,000 to hire additional attorneys and staff to do a job the executive branch is already doing. Click here to email legislators asking them to sustain the veto.

 

4. Write a respectful comment on this article to help soften Romney’s stance on immigration to better reflect the beliefs of Utahns on DACA and immigrants.

 

5. Join our final Day of Action on April 7th to gather signatures for the Utah Decides Ballot Initiative. Can’t come that day? Sign up to volunteer for the initiative directly on another day by clicking here.

National Issues

1. Ask Congress to ensure the US Census is not used to discriminate. Utah’s legislature just passed a resolution calling on Congress to fund a complete and accurate census. Now call on Congress to ensure that census is not used to discriminate and impact elections.

  • Sign this petition to ask Congress to prohibit Trump from creating a racist census that can be used to discriminate and impact elections.

 

Action Utah is your resource for information about our elections system! 

 

The caucus/convention system can be confusing! Don’t feel ashamed if you do not understand all the steps of the process, what delegates do or how candidates are selected and elected. Just go to the Resources section of our website to read up on our political and elections systems. Let Action Utah help you get more informed so you can use your voice to impact the issues!

 

Carrie Butler

Policy Director, Action Utah


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