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Bills to tweak Utah elections advance
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

SB34 • The Senate passed two bills Wednesday to tweak how elections operate in Utah.

SB34, passed on a vote 26-2 and sent to the House, would allow special bond elections only once a year during regular November elections.

Its sponsor, Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, who is also president of the Utah Taxpayers Association, said holding bond elections at other times has led to approval of tax increases that are "decided by less than 5 percent of the voters," simply because most did not know a special election was occurring.

He said forcing bond issues or other voter-approved tax hikes to occur at the regular general or municipal elections should increase turnout, and help improve voter education.

The Senate also voted 25-0 to pass SB25 by Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, to allow the lieutenant governor to extend the time to receive and count absentee ballots or ballots from the military overseas during times of declared emergency. .

Lee Davidson

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