SALT LAKE CITY — Municipal candidates in Utah will have a smaller window in order to get their names on the ballot, thanks to a new piece of legislation that goes into effect this spring.
Residents can now submit their candidacy for mayoral and city council positions between June 1 and June 7, which is eight days fewer than they were afforded in previous years. The compressed timeframe is a result of HB403, which was introduced by Rep. Curt Webb, R-Logan, and passed the state Legislature earlier this month as the 2013 lawmaking session was winding down.
The bill was reportedly designed to give city clerks more time to put together the ballot sheets and mail them to absentee voters, including active military members, 45 days in advance of Election Day. The federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, passed in 2009, requires that ballots be sent out 45 days in advance for state and national elections. HB403 allows smaller elections to meet the same standard.
Municipal primaries in Utah will be held Aug. 13 this year; corresponding general elections will be held Nov. 5.