Last Week for Ballot Initiative Petitions, County Conventions and More!

This is the last week to sign!

Ballot initiative signatures are due this week — the final days for these initiatives to collect the 113,000 qualified signatures required to get on the ballot in November. If you have not had the chance to review or sign the petitions, this week is your last chance to do it!

Additionally, this week there are several county conventions for the GOP and Dems in preparation for 2018 midterm elections. Conventions are a good way to be engaged in the process and meet candidates. If being more informed in local politics is on your “to do” list, consider attending a convention in your area.

Read on to see you how can participate and make a difference in your state this week!

 

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
  • April 10th-21st – Various Democratic County Conventions
  • 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. Make sure to sign the ballot petitions. See the links below for more information on ballot measures and how to sign, ask questions, donate or volunteer. Your help and signature this week are critical!

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

County My Vote – Creating a direct primary within the election 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.

2. Find out when your county convention is and make plans to attend.

Republican County Conventions:

  • 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: CACHE 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

Democratic County Conventions:

  • Beaver County: April 10, 7pm at Beaver County Administration Building, 105 E Center St, Beaver, UT 84713
  • Cache County: April 21, 10am at Logan High School
  • Davis County: April 14, TBA
  • Emery County: April 11, 6pm at Emery Old Courthouse – Canyon Room – 75 East Main Street
  • Salt Lake County: April 14, 9am at Brighton High School, 2220 E 7695 S Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
  • Wasatch County: April 12, 6:15pm at Midway Town Hall, 120 W Main St., Midway
  • Is your county not listed here? Contact your local county clerk or political party to find out when and where your county convention will be held.

3. Submit public comments to the School Safety Commission. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to weigh in to the Utah commission set up after the Parkland, FL shooting to give your ideas about how to make our schools safer.

  • Click here for more information on school safety proposals and to submit a comment.
  • Click here to submit comments on proposed new school designs that impact safety.
  • Attend an upcoming commission hearing:
    • Morgan School District Building, Morgan, on April 10 at 7 p.m.
    • Rich School District Building, Randolph, on April 11 at 7 p.m.
    • Mount Jordan Middle School on April 12 at 7 p.m.

4. Learn about housing affordability in Utah. The Deseret News ran a great article about the recent analysis of housing availability and affordability in the state, which will have huge implications on how we live and how our kids will live in the state in the coming years. We anticipate that this will continue to be a hot topic in the coming years as the population continues to explode.

National Issues

1. Give your feedback about Pruitt’s behavior. EPA director Scott Pruitt has come under scrutiny for his lavish spending and lack of transparency while running the organization that stands between us and environmental disasters. This week he has rolled back regulations on auto makers and big polluters, causing many environmental watch dog groups to call for his firing. Utah is overwhelmingly united in its interest in environmental stewardship. Pruitt’s behavior and leadership is not good for our state.

  • Read about Pruitt’s record and consider sending an email through the National Resource Defense Council via this link to your US representatives asking for his dismissal.

An exciting week in Utah politics!

This week should be an exciting week in Utah politics as primary candidates will start being decided in conventions and the signatures for the ballot initiatives will be counted. Follow our facebook feed for updates and daily actions that you can participate in to make your voice heard. If you have any questions on elections processes here, 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!

Have a great week!

Carrie Butler

Action Utah Policy Director

 


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