1. How will I vote?
Voting will be electronic this year. Every delegate should have submitted a valid email address, which will be the primary method of ballot delivery. Candidates that have provided a valid cell phone number will also receive a text message with a link to their ballot. Instructions will be provided to help you vote, but the process is intuitive and simple for anyone with basic knowledge of Internet usage.2. What about security?
We are using a highly regarded electioneering company called Election Buddy to help manage our election. Election Buddy has helped us design the ballot, will deliver the ballots and will count the ballots electronically and manually for us. The counting process will be faster than it has ever been in the history of the Utah Democratic Party, and will allow us to keep voting open for almost the entire day.3. When do we vote?
Voting will take place on April 25, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4. What if I don't get my ballot?
If you do not receive your ballot, you should first ensure that it has not been caught by your email filter and moved to your junk mail or trash. Before reaching out to UDP, please check this! If your ballot is not in your trash, please contact the UDP for further guidance. A help line will be set up prior to balloting beginning.5. My fellow delegate didn't get her ballot, can I just forward mine?
NO! Your ballot is unique to you. It cannot be shared and will be voided if the link you are emailed is forwarded or someone attempts to use it a second time.6. How long will it take to get results?
We are not positive when results will be finalized, but we will attempt to move the process along as quickly as possible. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we hope to have results on Saturday, April 25 published to our website.7. Where can I go to see a sample ballot?
Sample ballots will be provided as soon as possible and can be found here8. I am getting calls from candidates on election day!
Tell them to stop! In past years, the UDP has forbidden electioneering during the open ballot period. This year, with the unique circumstances we are in, we have decided to allow candidates to make calls, text, email, and engage with delegates during the balloting process. If you do not like this, we suggest you politely thank the candidate for calling, but tell them you aren't interested. They will understand.
9. I've heard we are using something called Ranked Choice Voting. What is that?
Ranked Choice Voting, or RCV, is a type of voting procedure that avoids the need for multiple ballots. In the past, for certain races the UDP has had multiple ballots to determine who will be our nominee or who will be on the primary ballot. RCV allows delegates to rank the candidates by who they like the most down to who they like least. RCV is not necessary in a two person race, but in races with more than two people, it is sometimes necessary. UDP rules have not changed in regards to needing 60 percent of the vote to avoid a primary. RCV will allow the Party to determine if there will be a primary without having to ask delegates to cast multiple ballots. This should maximize participation and minimize the time to obtain results. If you'd like more information on RCV, check out this website.
10. What about the platform?
We will be approving a platform this year. Our Platform Committee has been hard at work, and you can see the draft platform here
. This year, the platform vote will be up or down. Failure to pass this year's platform will mean the 2018 platform will stand. We also have a minor constitutional amendment that will be voted on to bring our constitution and bylaws into place.
11. What if I have other questions?
That is a great question! Just ask by contacting us or using the form at the bottom of this page. If enough people ask the same question, we will post it here.