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Legislative Response to the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy: Reflections Two Years Later - By Representatives Jennifer Seelig and Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Utah State Legislature

As published in the 2012 Hinckley Journal of Politics

Thank You For Your Ideas

The Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy concluded its business on November 5th by unanimously recommending landmark reforms in the areas of campaign finance, voting accessibility, and enforcement.

“These unanimous recommendations were made by a diverse group of respected community and political leaders from across the political spectrum. We are pleased that the Commission was able to develop a deep record, build consensus, and ultimately recommend these reforms to strengthen Utah’s democracy,” said Kirk Jowers, acting chair of the Governor’s Commission.

Together we can create a stronger, more vibrant Utah, with greater participation by Utah’s citizens and more accountability from Utah’s elected officials.

In order to strengthen democracy in Utah, the Governor’s Commission recommends the following:

  1. Recommendation for Requiring Disclosure of Employment Data
  2. Recommendation for Requiring Mandatory Electronic Filing
  3. Recommendation for Overseas Military Voting Reform
  4. Recommendation for “Revolving Door” Provision
  5. Recommendation for Elections, Lobbying, & Campaign Finance Enforcement Commission
  6. Recommendation for Campaign Finance Reform
  7. Recommendation for Making Voter Registration Automatic & Portable
  8. Recommendation for Improving the Voter Registration Process

The Governor’s Commission presented its final report and recommendations to Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Final Report of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy