Proposed Constitutional Amendment
The following constitutional amendment was presented to the Executive Committee on March 18th. The Executive Committee, on April 7th, approved the amendments for a vote by the delegates at the State Organizing Convention on April 24th, 2021.
The 2021 Utah Legislature passed House Bill 197, prohibiting voters from changing the party affiliation on their voting registration during the three months prior to a primary election.
Voters, who would otherwise be affiliated with the United Utah Party, but who wished to participate in the primary election of another party would be required to change their party affiliation no later than mid-March during an election year. Under the current constitution, this would disqualify the voter from participating as a UUP delegate during the April Convention.
House Bill 197 can have two effects on politics in Utah.
1) It would discourage voters from affiliating with minority parties.
2) It may also effectively place control over selection of nominees, and indeed elected officials, into the hands of ever fewer voters, more tightly closing primary elections. The United Utah Party has consistently called for open primaries.
This constitutional amendment was drafted as a response to this legislation.
This amendment opens the door to new criteria for qualifying voters to be party delegates, by allowing alternate means of defining “party membership”. The alternative means would be studied and discussed and voted on by members of the United Utah Executive Committee over the next 10 months. A change to the Bylaws would need to pass by a 2/3 majority vote of the Executive Committee. Without a change in the Bylaws, this amendment changes nothing.
The yellow highlighted text below is new language to be added to the articles and sections noted. Red text is to be deleted.
For comparison, the full text of the United Utah Party Constitution is found on the Party website here.
United Utah Party Constitution
Article II - Membership
Any registered voter in Utah may join the United Utah Party by affiliating on a Utah voter registration form and submitting it to the State or a County elections office, or by alternate means if stated in the Bylaws.
Article III - Section 8 - Annual State Convention
c) Any voter who is registered in the State of Utah and is as a member of the United Utah Party by a specified deadline prior to an annual convention, is qualified and may apply to participate as a delegate at that annual convention. The deadline shall be announced as described in the Bylaws. Delegates may be required to provide proof of voter registration and party membership affiliation.
As Uniters, we are passionate moderates. While that might seem like a contradiction in terms, it’s true, and we’re needed now more than ever! We don’t get excited about extreme political positions; we get energized by the reforms that will bring us together and that will bring the government back to the people.Read more
To Senator Mike Lee of Utah:941 signaturesWe the undersigned urge you not to join on to the effort by some members of Congress to block the certification of the electoral college votes on January 6. We believe there is no reason for this year's general election - the legitimate process of the expression of the will of the voters - to be overturned by the Congress. There has been no evidence of massive fraud by election officials that would have resulted in a different outcome. We urge you to uphold the process by which the voters, not the Congress, determine who the next president will be.
Hillary Stirling published Petition to Support Ending Public Funding of Closed Primary Elections 2020-06-23 21:38:37 -0600308 signatures
We the undersigned believe that public money should not be spent on a closed primary exclusively for one political party. We believe the legislature should allow taxpayer money to be spent only for primary elections that are open to all voters, regardless of party affiliation. We believe that funding a closed primary is like taxation without representation, which our ancestors fought against over 200 years ago. We believe that should not happen again today.
We support the United Utah Party's efforts to end public funding of closed primary elections.
Hillary Stirling published Petition to Legislative Leaders to Make Utah Attorney General a Non-Partisan Office 2020-06-09 16:31:10 -0600
The following petition to Speaker Brad Wilson and President Adams is being proposed by the United Utah Party:252 signatures
Utah's Attorney General has been the subject of scrutiny for possible corruption for the past 20 years. The past two occupants and the current occupant of the office repeatedly have been accused of catering to large Republican campaign donors. As well, the current incumbent has failed to investigate potential violations of state law and policy. For example, the Attorney General has not investigated recent instances of government contracts being made outside of the normal contracting processes. Also, they include Attorney General Reyes' failure to investigate whether Governor Herbert violated the law in offering an inducement to a GOP gubernatorial primary candidate to withdraw from the race and endorse the governor's favored candidate. Repeatedly, Attorney General Reyes has failed to investigate those of his own political party.
Therefore, we the undersigned, believe Utah's Attorney General should be above political party and call on you to initiate a constitutional amendment making the office of Utah Attorney General non-partisan - an office to be elected by the voters in a non-partisan election rather than through a political party nomination process.
Please sign below if you agree!
Hillary Stirling donated 2020-05-19 11:59:30 -0600
As you know, many Utahns have become quite frustrated with the current political atmosphere in Utah and the country as a whole. The tax reform bill, in addition to other policy areas (medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion, education funding, etc.) has demonstrated how out of touch our representatives are with us, their constituents.
We need to replace our legislators with people who will listen. We need representatives who will actually represent.
Would you be one of those people? We need you to consider running for the state legislature, state school board, or the county commission.
As an active candidate, you can help us replace those incumbents who are not listening and help us raise awareness for the party as a new moderate alternative. Running may be out of your comfort zone. But we can help train you and provide other services to you as a candidate.
If you do not have the time to walk and actively campaign, even as a less active candidate, you can help by giving voters another alternative and building support for the party.
Please email us at [email protected] and let us know if you would be able to help us in one of those capacities. We are seeing increasing support for the UUP. This election will be critical in our growth. Help us provide the new practical alternative Utah voters want. We need your help.
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Proposed amendments to the United Utah Party Platform
Explanatory Note: The Platform Committee met and drafted the following proposed changes to the Platform. The Executive Committee approved the amendment to come before the convention for the vote of delegates.
New language is highlighted in yellow below.
In addition, some of the items that were in the Platform as bullet points were formatted in to complete sentences in paragraph form.
For comparison, you will find the current Platform on the United Utah Party website here.
The United Utah Party is focused on good government - the process by which our laws are made and executed. We believe that good government requires transparency, fairness, and a robust and civil debate. We believe that public policy should ultimately reflect the will of the people. Public servants must act with integrity and according to their oaths of office.
We do not require candidates or members to agree on all issues. That is why we do not, as a party, take rigid sides on most issues. Candidates and members can take sides, but the party doesn’t have a litmus test.
The United Utah Party is not ideological. We ask instead that people come to the political process with good will and good faith. Being a Uniter means doing the listening and the hard work required to find common ground. We persuade when we can, extend a hand of friendship when we cannot, and respect the voice of the people either way.
These guidelines set us apart from other political parties. The United Utah Party believes that solutions can be found to the pressing problems of society using a pragmatic approach, finding common ground with others, and encouraging widespread public involvement in the resolution of public policy issues. We believe in the worth of all individuals in a society and assert that engagement by all is the best means for operating a democratic republic.
This platform is a statement of the principles that unite us, not necessarily an enumeration of policy positions.
All proposed bills should be open to meaningful public review. Legislative caucus meetings should also be open. We need ethics reforms that make it easier to identify and eliminate conflicts of interest.
Expand participation and limit the influence of partisan insiders
We support more non-partisan elections for positions such as city and county councils, school boards, sheriffs, and attorneys general. Publicly funded primaries should not be restricted to party members. We need to reduce barriers to registration and make it easier for all citizens to vote. We need to strengthen our independent redistricting commission. We seek to expand access to alternative voting systems (such as Ranked Choice, STAR, or Approval voting methods) that reduce costs, encourage civility, and better reflect public will.
Increased government accountability
We support term limits that will reduce incumbent advantages. We support campaign finance laws that will limit the influence of moneyed special interests.
We support sound fiscal policies that create viable, long-term balance between government revenues and expenditures for the benefit of current and future generations.
We support preservation of the free market system as the engine for future economic growth. This growth must “raise all boats”; public policy must promote economic opportunity for all, regardless of social and economic class, including the poor and needy.
We support increased funding for public education as a vehicle for sustained economic growth, an engaged citizenry, and to equip students for a rapidly changing world . Promote policies that balance the empowerment of teachers with accountability to ensure that funds are used effectively.
We advocate for stewardship for Utah’s natural resources over the long term. We promote policies that protect our air, water, and land to provide quality of life and economic benefits for the many and across generations.
Taxes and Regulations
We support a more efficient tax system that minimizes loopholes, reduces negative effects on working families, and ensures a fair contribution from all. Review regulations and policies to continually assess their value in a changing economy.
We support laws that provide protection against discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Every individual is of inherent worth, has a right to be respected, and deserves to fully participate in our shared political and economic life.
We support protection of religious belief and its role in public life, as well as the constitutional right to free exercise of religious expression for all.
We support the family as the basic unit of society and uphold the sanctity of human life including opposition to abortion except in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal deformities, or serious jeopardy to the life or health of the mother.
We promote reforms that extend healthcare, including mental healthcare, to more people. Reforms should also seek to reduce costs, improve outcomes, and the quality of care.
We endorse policy reforms that respect the dignity of individuals and the unity of families. We advocate for a healthy immigration system that includes fair, enforceable laws and that promote the economic benefits of immigration.
We support the right of Utahns to possess firearms, while recognizing the need for safeguards to keep them out of the hands of those who would use them irresponsibly.
Dear Utah Congressional delegation:
We, the undersigned, call on the Trump administration and Congress to pass legislation that will correct the current policies of the Trump administration regarding immigration. Through President Trump's executive order of June 20, 2018, the misguided family separation policy has been ended for future detainees, but there is no provision for a change of status of those currently held. And the executive order still treats asylum seekers as criminals by imposing a penalty of imprisonment for those who present themselves to immigration authorities without proper documentation.
We call on you to work in Congress to pass legislation and urge President Trump to sign such legislation that will:
Make it illegal in perpetuity to separate children from their parents when crossing the border.
Provide adequate resources to reunite families that have been torn apart by the recent policy.
Remove the provision of automatic imprisonment of asylum seekers.