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Utah Legislature focusing on police reform and ranked-choice voting at midpoint of session

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Police reform, primary voting and even how state government offices are run are all expected to be up for discussion as the legislative session in Utah this year reaches the midway point.

Also, Utah voters could see major changes to how election primaries are conducted if House Bill 127 becomes law. The legislation would require ranked-choice voting to be used in certain regular primary elections for state or county office.

“If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote in a round, then we eliminate the bottom candidate and redistribute their votes, their second choice votes to the other candidates,” said Justin Lee, who is state director of elections at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

If Gov. Spencer Cox signs HB127, ” . . . that would mean our office would now have to count votes for statewide or multicounty elections, which is a huge change something that we’ve never done before,” said Lee.

Utah Republican Party Chairman Derrick Brown said other bills could have a big impact on how state offices function.

Brown said House Bill 365 would merge the Department of Health into the Department of Human Services and other bills would rename the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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