ALL NEWS

Full house to vote on a bill that tightens Utah’s election security

Feb 16, 2022, 10:15 AM | Updated: 1:49 pm
Utah Republican primaries and party affiliation...
A women inserts her ballot in a ballot drop box Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Photo credit: Rick Bowmer, Associated Press.

SALT LAKE CITY –A bill that tightens Utah’s election security is headed for a full House vote.

If passed, House Bill 313 would create a law mandating that someone who votes in Utah cannot also vote in another state.

It would mandate that a voter provide a valid identification card if they did not do so when registering to vote.

And it would create 24-hour video surveillance of drop boxes used by Utah voters.

“This bill improves our systems and processes,” said Lt. Governor Diedre Henderson who came to Tuesday’s committee hearing to offer her support of the bill.

Utah’s director of elections, Ryan Cowley, said his concern is for the cost of 24-hour dropbox monitoring. He wants to assure that a requirement for monitoring won’t lead to fewer dropboxes in Utah.

Supporters of the bill say that wouldn’t happen because the bill also requests money from the state to pay for the surveillance.

House Bill 313 would also require the Lt. Governor’s office to audit voter registration rolls and tighten up the rules for those who are responsible for moving the ballots.

“The county clerks (currently) treat the ballots with respect, and we haven’t had any issues there,” Cowley said. “But it’s not a bad thing to have a few more rules.”

Related reading:

 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

shops along 2100 S...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Sugar House locals worry 2100 South poses threat to safety and business

As Salt Lake City prepares to rebuild 2100 South, local businesses in Sugar House are asking that safety for foot traffic be a top priority.
19 hours ago
UTA confrontation...
Mark Jones

Confrontation with bicyclist sends UTA bus driver to hospital

UTA officials say a confrontation between a bicyclist and a UTA bus driver resulted in the bus driver suffering a broken hip and being hospitalized.
19 hours ago
FILE - In a May 19, 2015 file photo, R. Scott Turner, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Me...
Curt Gresseth

Who are SuperAgers and are you one?

The public policy director with the Utah Alzheimer's Association describes the characteristics of so-called SuperAgers and what everyone can do now to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
19 hours ago
Weber State University will offer TheDream.US scholarships to Utah immigrant youth who want to atte...
Simone Seikaly

Utah immigrant youth to benefit from new Weber State scholarship

The scholarships for Utah immigrant youth are offered through TheDream.US, which helps DREAMers get into college.
19 hours ago
U of U police captain Brian Lohrke is pictured talking about the hidden cameras found at the U...
Adam Small

U of U community reacts to discovery of hidden cameras in campus bathrooms

U of U students are reeling after learning about the hidden cameras found in two bathrooms at the school's Student Life Center.
19 hours ago
For the first time in history, a woman has taken to the field as a referee during World Cup soccer....
Associated Press

Stéphanie Frappart makes history as 1st female World Cup ref

Frappart also had two women as assistants. Neuza Back of Brazil and Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico complete an all-female refereeing team on the field.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Full house to vote on a bill that tightens Utah’s election security