Saxton: new election law has strengths and weaknesses

For the first time candidates running for office this year have a choice of two different ways to get on the election ballot. One is the traditional caucus-convention system and the over involves collecting signatures.

So how is it working? Casey Saxton, secretary of the Cache County Republican Party, says Senate Bill 54 (also known as the Count My Vote compromise) changed Utah election law, which he feels has both inherent strengths but also weaknesses.

“I support the caucus system,” Saxton says, “but for those candidates who are choosing the petition route, more power to them. They are going to be able to get out there talk to a lot of voters. 

“It will be interesting to see what happens in the state legislature this session. I think they have some things they need to work out with the law.”

Saxton says a different number of signatures are required for different offices. For example, candidates need 1,000 signatures for the House of Representatives and 2,000 signatures for State Senate.

March 17 is the deadline for filing candidacy.

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