2020 election 01

One of the items on the agenda in this month’s special session is a slight change to Utah’s 2020 election schedule that will allow the state’s political parties more time to hold their nominating conventions.

As it stands, political parties must certify their candidates for the primary ballot on the third Monday in April. Normally, that would not be a problem, but next year half of the four weekends between the March 19 filing deadline and the April 20 certification date are already taken up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints General Conference (April 4-5) and Easter weekend (April 11-12). That would require the Republican and Democratic parties to hold their state convention on April 18, leaving March 28 as the only open Saturday for large counties to hold their nominating conventions.

Moving the certification date back one week would allow the parties to hold their state conventions as late as April 25, with the certification deadline on April 27.

Event

Timeline without changes

Timeline with changes

March 19

Filing deadline for candidates

Filing deadline for candidates

March 24

Caucus Night

Caucus Night

March 28

Open Saturday

Open Saturday

April 4-5

General Conference

General Conference

April 11-12

Easter weekend

Easter Weekend

April 18

Last possible Saturday for state conventions

Open weekend

April 20

Certification due to county clerks

 

April 25

 

Last possible Saturday for state convention

April 27

 

Certification due to county clerks

 

Advocates of the change say moving the certification date back one week would compress the time county clerks have to produce the primary ballots and get them mailed to overseas and military voters, but the clerks have reportedly said they can adapt to the new timeline.