What’s on Your Ballot

As voting in any election is a key component of representative democracy, Action Utah is committed to ensuring that Utahns have resources and information to learn about what and who is on their ballot.

Scroll down to find videos on Who is on Your Ballot, The 7 constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot, including Amendment C: Removing Slavery From The Constitution and Amendment G: Educational Funding.

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Who’s on Your Ballot?

2020 is a big election year, with high-profile races for U.S. president and Utah governor on the ballot. But being an informed voter means learning about your candidates to cast informed votes on all the candidates on your ballot. What candidates can you expect to see on your ballot, what is a “down-ballot” race and how can you learn about different types of candidates in order to cast an informed vote?

7 Constitutional Amendments

Amendments to our state’s constitution can only be made by the voters. Over the past two years, legislators have voted to place seven constitutional amendment questions on the ballot in November. What are they and what does a yes or no vote mean? Join Action Utah for this Facebook Live event to find out what’s on your ballot so you can cast an informed vote come November 3!

Click here to download this chart so that you can print it out to use when you fill out your ballot.

 Name Topic Description Legislative Action Action Utah Position
A Utah Gender-Neutral Constitutional Language Amendment Makes language in the Utah State Constitution gender neutral. Placed on the ballot via 2019’s SJR 7, sponsored by Sen. Deidre Henderson (R-Spanish Fork), and passed unanimously by the Utah Legislature, except for those absent or not voting. SUPPORT
B Utah Legislator Qualifications Amendment Specifies that certain qualifications of a legislator (such as age) apply as of the time of election or appointment rather than the time a legislator assumes office. Placed on the ballot via 2019’s HJR 4, sponsored by Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City) and passed unanimously by the Utah Legislature, except for those absent or not voting. SUPPORT
C Remove Slavery As Punishment For a Crime From Constitution Amendment Repeals a constitutional exception on the ban of slavery that allows for slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime in the State of Utah. Placed on the ballot via 2019’s HJR 8, sponsored by Rep. Sandra Hollins (D-Salt Lake) and passed unanimously by the Utah Legislature, except for those absent or not voting. SUPPORT
D Utah Municipal Water Resources Amendment Revises provisions around municipal water rights and allows municipalities to supply water outside their muncipal boundaries. Placed on the ballot via 2020’s HJR 3, sponsored by Rep. Keven Stratton (R-Orem) and passed unanimously by the Utah Legislature, except for those absent or not voting. NEUTRAL
E Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Creates a state constitutional right to hunt and fish for Utah residents. Placed on the ballot via 2020’s HJR 15, sponsored by Rep. Casey Snider (R-Logan) and passed 61-9-5 in the Utah House and 18-9-2 by the Utah Senate. NEUTRAL
F Legislative Session Start Date Amendment Provides that the legislature may set the January session start date in state statute rather than requiring a constitutional amendment to change the start date. Placed on the ballot via 2020’s SJR 3, sponsored by Sen. Ann Millner (R-Ogden) and passed unanimously in the State Senate and 50-24-1 in the Utah House. NEUTRAL
G Use Income and Property Tax Revenue To Support Children and Individuals With Disabilities Amendment Allows the Legislature to use revenue from income taxes and property taxes previously earmarked only for public education funding to also “support children and to support individuals with a disability”. Placed on the ballot via 2020’s SJR 9, sponsored by Sen. Dan McKay (R-Ogden) and passed 23-6-0 in the State Senate and 67-5-3 in the Utah House. NEUTRAL

AMENDMENT C: REMOVING SLAVERY FROM THE UTAH CONSTITUTION

Slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865. Then why is it still allowed in Utah as a punishment for crime? In 2019, the Utah Legislature unanimously passed a resolution to place a constitutional amendment question on the 2020 ballot to remove slavery as a punishment for crime. What does the question say, what is the background for this question and what implications does it have for Utahns? Join Action Utah for an online panel discussion to learn more and ask your questions.

Featuring panelists:
• Rep. Sandra Hollins (D-Salt Lake)
• Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-District 13)
• Robert Burch (President of the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society)
• Jason Groth (Smart Justice Attorney, ACLU)
Moderated by Andrea Himoff (Executive Director of Action Utah).

AMENDMENT G: EDUCATION FUNDING

Utah’s Constitution includes an earmark for education funding by limiting the use of income tax revenues for public education and higher education spending. Yet our state faces an imbalance of revenues to pay for essential and other services traditionally paid for through sales tax revenues. After the collapse of tax reform efforts, the Utah Legislature came up with an alternative solution to address the growing budget imbalance while creating protections for education funding.

What would Constitutional Amendment G mean for education funding and the state budget going forward? How does Constitutional Amendment G differ from removing the constitutional earmark? What concerns were considered in crafting this solution? Now it’s up to Utah voters to decide if changes should be made to the Utah Constitution to reallocate tax payer dollars.

Featuring panelists

  • Sen. Ann Millner (R-Ogden)
  • Rep. Mike Schultz (R-Hooper)
  • Rep. Jen Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake)
  • Heidi Matthews (President, Utah Education Association)
  • Moderated by Andrea Himoff (Executive Director of Action Utah)
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