Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
House tweaks rules on recounts, special elections
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated.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.

The House passed two bills Tuesday to tweak election rules in Utah — changing when a recount may be requested, and when special elections may be scheduled.

It voted 72-0 to pass HB85 to allow a recount if the difference between votes for a winning and losing candidate is 0.25 percent or less of the total vote. Also in elections where 400 or fewer votes are cast, it allows a recount if the difference is just one vote.

Its sponsor, Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, said that would change the current system that allows a recount if the difference amounts to one vote or fewer per precinct. Because of wide differences in the number of precincts in many races, that has led to inconsistency.

For example for Utah House seats, the current system allows requesting a recount with widely different percentage differences, a range of 0.124 percent to 0.42 percent.

Hall said some have wrongly asserted the bill is a "sour grapes" attempt by Republicans to change rules because Mia Love was unable to request a recount in her close congressional race with Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah. Hall said the difference in that race was 0.31 percent, and Love would still not have been able to request a recount under his bill.

The House also voted 73-1 to pass HB40 to allow special elections — such as for bonds or to fill vacancies — to occur only during regular primary or general elections. Its sponsor, Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, said that would lead to greater participation and awareness of such elections.

Both bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

ldavidson@sltrib.com

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.