ALL NEWS

Utah on track to pass most of its amendments on the 2020 ballot

Nov 3, 2020, 9:55 PM | Updated: Nov 4, 2020, 8:57 pm
ballot count amendments utah...
FILE -- Election ballots are processed by workers at the Utah County Clerk/Auditor’s Office in Provo on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Salt Lake and Utah counties are reporting they are seeing more poll watchers acting as watchdogs. Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Aside from the dozens of candidates Utahns voted for in the 2020 election, voters could also approve or reject seven amendments to change the state constitution. 

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, the state is on track to pass them all.  

Here’s a rundown of what we know so far: 

Constitutional Amendment A — 

For: 57.89%

Against: 42.11%

What’s on the table: Amendment A would alter the state constitution to use gender-neutral language rather than pronouns that apply to a single gender — opting for “persons” rather than “men.”

For example, the measure would change Article I, Section I from reading, “All men have the inherent and inalienable right to enjoy and defend their lives and liberties.” Instead, it would read, “All persons.” 

If passed, the amendment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021. 

Constitutional Amendment B —

For: 80.21%

Against: 19.79%

What’s on the table: Amendment B would clarify that candidates running for office must meet eligibility requirements at the time of election, rather than at the time of assuming office. The amendment would not change qualifications to run for office. 

Amendment B was proposed by Utah Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City) arguing the constitution was “silent and therefore unclear” about when a candidate must meet certain qualifications. The state legislature passed the measure unanimously in 2019, securing its place on the November ballot.  

Constitutional Amendment C —

For: 80.66%

Against: 19.34%

What’s on the table: Amendment C would remove the reference to “slavery and involuntary servitude” from the state constitution. As of right now, Utah mirrors the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which bans slavery except in the context of criminal punishment. 

The measure is co-sponsored by Rep. Sandra Hollins (D-Salt Lake City) and Rep. Jacob Anderegg (R-Lehi) and was unanimously passed by the state legislature in 2019. 

In 2018, Colorado became the first state to remove “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” from its state constitution. Twenty-one states still uphold the original language. 

If passed, Amendment C would remove the references to slavery but uphold the current administration of the criminal justice system. 

Constitutional Amendment D —

For: 60.95%

Against: 39.05%

What’s on the table: Amendment D seeks to revise municipal water rights in Utah, allowing cities to supply water outside of its boundaries if desired. If passed, a city can supply any excess water to retail markets or exchanges if it meets all its required needs and demands.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Keven Stratton (R-Orem), who said the bill would seek to “address some issues that have been festering for decades.”

Constitutional Amendment E —

For: 74.54%

Against: 25.46%

What’s on the table: Amendment E would establish the right to hunt or fish in the state of Utah, declaring it as the preferred way to manage and control wildlife populations. 

If passed, Utah would join 22 other states in the U.S. in providing constitutional protections for hunting and fishing. The measure would take effect Jan. 1, 2021. 

Constitutional Amendment F —

For: 66.73%

Against: 33.27%

What’s on the table: Amendment F would set an official start date for the state’s annual legislative session. As of 2020, the state legislature convenes on the fourth Monday in January. 

If passed, the measure would allow the legislature to set a specific date for the 45-day session to begin. Currently, if Utah lawmakers wanted to set a date they would need to amend the constitution with a two-thirds majority from the state legislature — which would then require a majority vote from the state in the next election. 

This measure would omit that requirement, allowing lawmakers to set a date with a simple majority vote within the legislature. 

Constitutional Amendment G —

For: 53.60%

Against: 46.40%

What’s on the table: Amendment G would allow the Utah state legislature to allocate revenue from income taxes and intangible property taxes to support children and individuals with a disability. As of right now, that revenue may only go toward education. 

If passed, Utah House Bill 357: “Public Education Funding Stabilization” would then take effect — which would provide ongoing funding for education with additional funding determined by enrollment and inflation. 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

A brush fire started in Saratoga Springs last night. Photo Credit: Saratoga Springs Fire Department...
Devin Oldroyd

Fire officials say aerial firework caused brush fire in Saratoga Springs

An aerial firework caused a brush fire in Saratoga Springs Sunday night.
1 day ago
Police in Highland Park, Illinois, respond to a shooting at a Fourth of July event....
Eric Levenson, Adrienne Broaddus, Shawn Nottingham and Brynn Gingras, CNN. Mark Jackson

Police have arrested a ‘person of interest’ after a mass shooting at July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois

Robert E. Crimo III, a person of interest in a mass shooting at a parade that left six dead and sent more than two dozen people to hospitals, has been taken into custody near Lake Forest, Illinois, authorities said during a brief news conference. Authorities said Crimo was spotted by a North Chicago officer who […]
1 day ago
FILE - Fireworks explode over Baltimore's Inner Harbor during the Ports America Chesapeake 4th of J...
BOBBY CAINA CALVAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

A turbulent US this July 4, but many see cause to celebrate

July 4 has arrived as many citizens struggle to find a reason to celebrate. Yet many also see cause for celebration, including President Joe Biden.
1 day ago
The Deuel Creek Fire began late Sunday night in Centerville. Photo credit: John Wilson....
Devin Oldroyd

Deuel Creek Fire starts in Centerville overnight, evacuation order lifted

The Deuel Creek Fire began late Sunday night in Centerville.
1 day ago
Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening. Photo Credit: Tooele City's Faceboo...
Devin Oldroyd

Tooele City releases fireworks restrictions map

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening.
2 days ago
A Navy soldier stands guard as authorities wait for the arrival of people who were evacuated from t...
Associated Press

Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the coast on Saturday. Conditions are expected to improve by Monday's Fourth of July celebrations.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah on track to pass most of its amendments on the 2020 ballot