State Offices are partisan offices elected in even years. These positions are Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Treasurer, State Senator and State Representative. 

Executive Branch Positions

These positions are created and defined by Article VII of the Utah Constitution.

Governor

The Governor signs or vetoes bills passed by the Legislature, and can convene special sessions. The Governor also acts as the commander-in-chief of the state’s National Guard and military forces. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by plurality.

Lt. Governor

The Lt. Governor is the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Utah. Statutory duties include the oversight of state elections, all notaries public, the legal authentication of documents, maintaining oversight and regulation of registered lobbyists, certifying municipal annexations, and serving as the “keeper” of the Great Seal of the State of Utah. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is not subject to term limits.

State Attorney General

The mission of the office of the attorney general is to uphold the constitutions of the United States and of the state, enforce the law, provide counsel to state agencies and public officials, assist law enforcement, and protect the interests of the state, its people, environment and resources. Attorney generals serve for four year terms.

State Auditor

Provides Utah taxpayers and government officials with an independent assessment of financial operation, statutory compliance, and performance management for state and local government. State auditors serve for four year terms.

State Treasurer

As the custodian of public moneys and the “central bank for state agencies,” the state treasurer oversees the collection, safeguarding, investment and disbursement of state funds. State treasurers serve for four year terms.

Legislative Branch Positions

State Senator

Like representatives, State Senators represent their constituents by introducing, debating, and voting on legislation to create, modify, or update laws. Senators serve 4 year terms.

State Representative

State representatives introduce and vote on new bills to best represent the interests of their constituents. They create, modify, and update laws and serve on committees within the state’s legislative branch. Representatives serve 2 year terms.

Eligibility

    1. Be at least 25 years of age (State House & Senate, Attorney General, State Auditor and State Treasurer), or 30 years of age (Governor and Lt. Governor).
    2. Resident of Utah for 3 years; 6 months living in the Senate/House district prior to the last day of filing (State House & Senate), or resident of Utah for 5 years (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor and State Treasurer).
    3. Be a U.S. citizen.
    4. Be a qualified voter of Senate/House District.

Filing Deadlines

  • January-March: Declaration of intent to file as a petition candidate
  • March: Declaration of Candidacy period
  • Two Weeks Prior to Convention: Petition signatures due
  • March: County Conventions (by party – check your party website)
  • April-June: State Nominating Conventions (by party – check your party website)
  • June: Primary Election (Candidates who receive 60% or more of the votes from delegates in the nominating convention skip a Primary Election and move directly to the General Election)
  • 65 Days Before the General Election: Last day to declare as a write-in candidate.
  • The Tuesday following the first Monday in November: General Election

These dates are for the 2019 Election. For a more complete list of dates and deadlines, which may vary each year, please check the Lieutenant Governor’s website or office.

Election Procedures

Convention Path

  1. Candidates must file for candidacy with their County Clerk in their county of residence.
  2. Pay a filing fee or provide proof of inability to pay the filing fee due to financial hardship. 
  3. Attend your party’s statewide convention (check your party website), State Conventions are typically late-April after County Conventions.
  4. Contact your party to determine any additional processes or paperwork.

Petition Path

  1. Declare intend to gather signatures before gathering any signatures. Declare between January-March with your County Clerk in your county of residence.
  2. You will be given your materials for your petition packets when you declare intent. You are responsible for printing/binding materials. Petition packets must be bound across the top in at least 3 places using either staples or spiral binding. Your packets must include cover, signature, and  verification sheet.
  3. Candidates for State Senate must gather 2,000 valid signatures and candidates for State House must gather 1,000 valid signatures.
  4. Valid signatures require all signers to be registered to vote in Utah, live in the district of the office you are seeking, they must not have signed a petition of another candidate running for the same office, and must be allowed to vote in your party’s primary election (Democratic candidates can collect signatures from registered voters of any party, while GOP candidates must only collect signatures from registered Republicans). 
  5. Circulators gathering signatures must be at least 18 years of age and sign the verification sheet of each packet they use. Gatherers may be paid, volunteers, or you may use a company that offers signature collection services.
  6. All candidates must declare candidacy with their County Clerk in March. Declaring Candidacy is not the same as declaring intent to gather signatures.
  7. Pay a filing fee or provide proof of inability to pay the filing fee due to financial hardship. 
  8. Submit signatures no later than 2 weeks prior to your party’s nominating convention.

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