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Changes needed to protect election integrity as quarantine continues

Governor Jon Huntsman spoke with ABC4’s Glen Mills yesterday, taking questions on the response to COVID-19, the best way to protect Utah’s economy and the need to make adjustments to signature gathering deadlines as campaigns adjust to social distancing and quarantine realities.

“Tax day has been pushed back three months, the Olympics may be pushed back a year,” said Governor Huntsman. “Every citizen in this state should be concerned about ballot access. It’s the way our democracy runs. When everything has been upended, we, too, need to change how we proceed.”

Unprecedented measures have been taken to cancel caucus meetings, take the state convention online but no changes have been made to signature gathering rules, leaving dozens of campaigns with less time than is legally permitted to gather signatures if they adhere to calls from Gov. Herbert to limit social interactions.