Primary elections in Utah could change significantly as state lawmakers consider ways to deal with concerns about winners advancing to the general election ballot with less than a majority of the vote. Work on what’s being called a plurality issue is just getting underway by members of the Legislature’s Government Operations Interim Committee, who are looking to come up with a bill for the 2020 Legislature.
Of course, lawmakers also have the option of joining 35 other states across the country that don’t address what happens when more than two candidates are on a primary ballot and none of them receive over 50 percent of the vote.
“The idea of plurality seems concerning,” Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, the co-chairman of the committee, said at a recent meeting. “I was very concerned about this issue, but so far, I haven’t been able to find a case of that occurring.”
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