The question of whether there would be more interest in school board races if candidates appeared on the so-called "off-year" ballots was answered by a House vote Tuesday to defeat a bill that would have changed when school board elections are held.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Hugh Rush, D-West Valley City, said candidates for the four-year seats on local school boards are often ignored by voters who are more interested in the higher-profile Congressional or gubernatorial races.But other representatives said the years when only municipal races are on the ballot tend to generate little interest, suggesting that Rush's bill would result in school board candidates getting even less attention. The bill was defeated 32 to 39, one of the closest votes so far this session.