UTAH

Ahead of a final deadline on Thursday, state flag referendum falls short

Apr 13, 2023, 11:15 AM | Updated: 11:28 am

state flag...

Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, sponsor of SB31, State Flag Amendments, poses for a photo with the new Utah state flag at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 2, 2023. (Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The deadline for residents to sign a referendum opposing the new Utah state flag was 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. And by that time, the referendum had fallen short of the 130,000 signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot.

There is still time, however, as the deadline for clerks to submit signatures is today, April 13. 

According to Vote Utah, by the time the signature-gathering deadline had passed on Wednesday, the referendum had received just over 14,000 signatures. 

The group Referendum to Save Utah’s Flag opposes S.B. 31 and filed a referendum not long after the end of the 2023 Utah Legislative Session. Because S.B. 31 passed the Utah Senate 19-9, and the Utah House 40-35, it was eligible for a public referendum that would place the issue in the hands of Utah voters.

Chad Saunders, one of the referendum’s 8 sponsors, said the signatures garnered by the Wednesday deadline aren’t strictly accurate. He said they have at least two-thirds of the signatures required. It will be some time before the final count of votes on the referendum.

If there are no changes, the new flag will be official in March 2024. At that time, the original design will become Utah’s historical flag.

A poll conducted by the Deseret News and Hinckley Institute of Politics in early April 2023 found that more Utahns supported the new flag than opposed it (48% to 35%, respectively).

Regardless of the outcome, Saunders said hopes this referendum will set a precedent for Utah legislators to listen to Utahns before making a decision like this.

Related reading: 

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Utah

A smokejumper parachuting to help contain the Speirs wildfire, which started Saturday night....

Emma Keddington

Speirs wildfire burning near Flaming Gorge, caused by lightning

A lightning strike ignited the Speirs wildfire Saturday night. The fire is currently 0% contained, but hasn't caused evacuations.

3 hours ago

An apartment fire on Redwood Road in West Valley City displaced around 30 people Sunday afternoon....

Emma Keddington

Apartment fire displaces around 30 people in West Valley

The fire happened on Redwood Road in West Valley City. The fire affected eight units and displaced 30 people.

4 hours ago

The Unified Fire Authority received a call on Saturday about a helicopter having to emergency land ...

Kennedy Camarena

Helicopter emergency lands in Herriman

A helicopter pilot had to perform an emergency landing in a field in Herriman, Utah on Saturday after a mechanical failure occurred.

1 day ago

An evacuation order is in place for Shurtz Canyon and upper basin above the Graff Point Fire....

Kennedy Camarena

Evacuation order in place for Shurtz Canyon and upper basin above Graff Point Fire

The Graff Point Fire in Iron County is growing and has caused an evacuation order to be put in place in the area.

1 day ago

Utah air quality is going down and it could get worse...

Josuee Sanchez

Utah air quality is deteriorating and could get worse

Utah is lacking of good air quality due to wildfires but it is mostly because of the hot weather.

1 day ago

A crash has left two pedestrians dead after the two left their car and were struck by two separate ...

Kennedy Camarena

Two dead after stepping out of SUV and being struck by two separate cars

A man and woman are dead after a crash on Interstate 215 in Murray. The two were struck by two separate cars after leaving their vehicle.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Ahead of a final deadline on Thursday, state flag referendum falls short