Early Voting Begins Today

Early voting for municipal elections begins today.  If you’d like to avoid long lines at the polls, if you plan to be out of town or very busy on election day, or if you’d just like to beat the rush, give early voting a try!

Early voting runs from Tuesday, October 25 through Friday, November 4, 2011.

In PROVO, early voting for the 2011 Provo City General Election will be held Tuesday, October 25 through Friday, October 28 and Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4, 2011, from 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. in the Provo City Recorder’s Office, 351 West Center Street, Provo, Utah.  Please bring photo I.D. and proof of residency.

In OREM, early voting will be held Tuesday, October 25 through Friday, November 4, 2011, at the Orem City Offices at 56 North State.  Hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All voters are required to provide “valid voter identification” before they will be allowed to vote.

In VINEYARD I did not locate any early voting information, but your town newsletter has some good election and candidate information.

General Election voting will be Tuesday, November 8, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Be sure to get out and vote, and remind your neighbors to vote, too!

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Getting the Word out on the Radio

This week I’ve had the privilege of being a guest on a couple of radio shows on K-Talk Radio (AM 630).  I’ve decided that radio is a lot of fun!  I’ve enjoyed talking with hosts Merrill Cook, Kyal 2K and Janalee Tobias about topics such as repealing HB116 (Utah’s Amnesty Law), the Lawful Employment Ordinance (E-verify) petitions, and how every citizen can become involved in the political process.  Many thanks to these patriots for all of the great work they do to protect our rights and promote our responsibilities as Americans.

If you’re interested in listening to the radio shows, here are the links to the show archives:

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Will Redistricting Shun West Provo Again?

The process of post-census redistricting for our legislative, senate, congressional and state school board seats is nearing completion.  Some of the preliminary maps have been voted on by the redistricting committee and are in the final stages of tweaking, and while the maps are not yet set in stone there are a few issues that we here in west Provo need to be aware of and keep an eye on.

The current proposed maps hold both good news and bad news for west Provo:

The GOOD NEWS — After 10 years of being part of a state senate district that crosses county lines (Utah / Tooele County), west Provo looks like it may have the good fortune of being placed in a state senate seat with boundaries completely inside Utah County.  That would boost our representation in state senate caucus/convention elections, because County Delegates are responsible for voting on state senators whose districts reside fully within a single county, while State Delegates vote if the district is split between more than one county — since our County Delegates are more numerous than our State Delegates, we would have a greater rate of representation per capita.

That’s great news for west Provo, but it’s important to keep in mind that several other Utah County senate seats — including some in Provo/Orem– will extend outside the county lines, diluting our city and county’s delegate representation and dividing our senators’ attention with cross-county concerns.  While west Provo will be brought back into the county, some seats that were previously wholly within Utah County will now be split between counties. To maximize representation, we need more state senate seats that are fully within Utah County boundaries.

The BAD NEWS — West Provo has spent the last 10 years in a state senate district that was divided from the rest of Provo, and if the current map prevails we will once again be carved out and separated from the rest of our Provo community.  West Provo is slated to be placed into a southern Utah County state senate district that includes rural interests such as Benjamin, Elk Ridge, and West Mountain.  We do not share many similarities with other cities in the new district, which will leave us struggling to have our voices heard among the many other interests within the new district.  To amplify our voices, we need to be reunited with our sister Orem/Provo communities. 

What to do about it? — There are only 2 redistricting committee meetings left before the October 3 special redistricting special legislative session begins. Tomorrow,  Thursday, 9/22, the redistricting committee will discuss proposed maps at 9:00 AM, 30 House Building at the capitol.  The meeting is open to the public at comments may be taken, if you wish to attend.  See the agenda/info here.

Another meeting is scheduled for Monday 9/26, at 9 a.m. 30 House Building at the capitol, but the agenda has not yet been posted.

If you wish to weigh-in on the proposals and/or give input on how west Provo should be treated during redistricting, please plan to attend or to email/call your legislators and the redistricting committee:


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Candidate List for C&B and Audit Committee Elections

At Saturday’s Utah County Republican Party Central Committee meeting, elections will be held to select members of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and Audit Committees.  Those elected will serve on these committees for the next two years.  Following is a list of candidates who had filed by the filing deadline; a list (with current updates, if any) can also be found at the UCRP website:

The following individuals have submitted their names for consideration
for the Utah County Republican Party Constitution and Bylaws Committee:
• Chris Shelley
• Dan Forward
• Kirby Glad
• Linda Houskeeper
• Norman Jackson
• Paul Baltes
• Raphael Millet
• Shaun Farr
• Diane Christensen
• Sherrie Spencer
• Kristen Chevrier
• Lisa Shepherd

The following individuals have submitted their names for consideration
for the Utah County Republican Party Audit Committee:
• Chris Shelley
• Dann Hone
• Linda Houskeeper
• Clayton Holbrook
• Dave Duncan
• Jordan Gunderson
• Peggy Burdett

Utah County Central Committee Meeting:
(Precinct Chairs/Vice Chairs and other Central Committee members should attend)
Saturday, September 24,  9:00 a.m.
Mountain View High School
665 W. Center, Orem

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UCRP Website Finally Returns

After 3 months with no updates and more than a month with no website at all, the Utah County Republican Party website is finally back online!  Please visit the newly designed website at UtahCountyGOP.org.

Here you can learn more about the vision and goals of the Utah County Republican Party, learn how to get involved, access Party Documents, view upcoming events and news, and much more.  The new website should be a great source of information for our community.  Check it out!

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GOP Caucus Date Chosen

The Utah Republican Party State Central Committee met on August 27, and one of the major items of business on the agenda was selecting the Party’s 2012 caucus date.  (Click here for a full report from this meeting). The committee voted to hold Republican caucuses on Thursday, March 15, 2012.  Mark your calendars now and please plan to attend.

The committee was presented two dates from which to choose:  Tuesday, March 13, or Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Originally, Democrats and Republicans were both going to hold caucuses on March 15.  However, the Democrats changed their caucus to March 13.  This put the Republicans in a bind, forcing them to choose between two major scheduling issues:

1)      Holding caucus on the same day as the Democrats would require people to choose to attend one caucus or the other, rather than infiltrating/influencing the other Party’s caucus, elections, operations, etc. — which would affect the Party for the next 2 years;


2)      The candidate filing deadline is March 15;  if caucus was held on March 13, before this deadline, delegates would not know exactly who would be running for office, candidates who file before caucus night might not know who their competition would be (and therefore how many delegates they would need to get to caucus to ensure their victory), and candidates who file after caucus night might not have had the opportunity to get their supporters to caucus.

Traditionally, political parties in Utah have held their caucuses on the same night, and for about the past 10 years that night has been a Tuesday.  Many in the Party pushed for the Thursday night date, and frankly I think it’s because this date is helpful for candidates.  Holding caucus night after the filing deadline removes a level of uncertainty from their campaigns.  However, nine out of 10 delegates I talked to insisted without hesitation that Party caucuses should all be held the same night.

I have nothing against making things easier on our candidates, but I do have a problem with favoring the candidates at the expense of the delegates and the Party organization.  We all know the name of the game for candidates is getting their supporters to attend caucus and getting them elected as delegates, and that’s fine; that’s just how the system works mathematically.  However, holding our caucuses on a different night than our rival party allows our rivals the chance to attend both their caucus AND ours, and do what they can to either get elected as delegates or make sure that the delegates who are elected will not be those most helpful to the GOP cause.

We elect delegates to serve in many capacities for 2 years, not for one day or for one candidate, and our Party would be greatly affected if we experience political party crossover at caucus.  Because of the odd date selected by the committee, political affiliation and ideology is something we will have to be especially conscious of at our upcoming caucuses.

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Redistricting Special Session set for Oct 3

The governor has called a special session of the Legislature to address redistricting and to vote on proposed maps.  The special session will begin October 3. For more info and to view proposed maps as they become available, visit RedistrictUtah.com.

Every 10 years after the census, local, state, and federal political boundaries are redrawn to reflect changing demographics and population shifts (including the boundary lines for the State House of Representatives, State Senate, State Board of Education and Congressional Districts).  Months of meetings and study have gone into this process, and it will be fascinating and exciting to finally see where the boundaries will be set.

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