Changes expected to beef up future primary elections in Utah

By Glen Mills

Published 06/24 2014 05:11PM

Updated 06/24 2014 05:43PM

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – It's the end of an era, as Utah republicans and democrats head to the polls to choose the candidates that will represent their party on the November ballot.

Tuesday, voters are only deciding on seven races for the state legislature, two in the Senate and five in the House.

These are candidates who failed to obtain at least 60% of the delegate vote at convention.

Two years from now election officials anticipate a huge spike in primary contests.

That's because the new rules from the Count My Vote Compromise go into place January 1, 2015.

It doesn't replace the current caucus and convention system we know today, but it does add a direct path to the primary ballot.

A candidate will be able to petition their way to the primary by gathering enough signatures.

The requirement is based on the number of registered voters in that candidates party within the district.

Elections Director, Mark Thomas believes candidates will take both paths.

“I believe, if they are smart they will do both to ensure a spot. They'll go through the caucus/convention, they'll collect signatures and they'll ensure their spot on the primary ballot."

The legislature plans to make some technical changes to the law in the upcoming session.

There is also talk of potential policy changes.

If the compromise remains relatively untouched one thing we can count on is a more active primary in the future.

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