General Questions

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 here

8. 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.

National Delegate Questions

12. How will voting happen?  
On April 25, all state delegates will select a caucus to join, based on the presidential candidate they support. Depending on your congressional district, you will be able to select between Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren--all of whom received delegates as a result of the presidential preference primary. One week later, on May 2, all state delegates will receive a SECOND ballot with the names of the national delegate candidates running in the caucus they chose and in the district in which they live. Biden and Sanders caucus-goers may also vote on Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates and at-large delegates.

13. After this weekend's ballot, when state delegates identify their presidential candidate preference (for district level voting), how do candidates get the list of their voters?
National delegate candidates can obtain a list of voters by contacting Matthew Patterson at and requesting a list of state delegates. Individuals who receive this list are required to abide by party rules by not disseminating or selling the list.

14. What is the process for paying the $25? 
When you reach out to obtain the list, Matthew Patterson will check to see if you have donated $25 to the UDP through our website. Once you have the list, you are free to ask for updates to the list. On Monday, April 27, a new list should be ready for national delegate candidates that is specific to the caucus and the district that they are running in.

15. If a national delegate candidate is elected, but deems it physically unsafe to attend in person (COVID), does that count as a resignation and therefore they will be replaced with an alternate? 
Yes, it will count as a resignation. All delegates are expected to attend all meetings, beginning with the first delegation meeting on May 7 at 5:30. Candidates should be prepared to spend the week of August 17 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and should not seek an exception to participating every day of the convention. If you choose to resign, we ask that this be done as soon as possible.

16. How and when are alternates elected?
A separate vote for alternates will not occur. The runners up in the election will be the state's alternate delegates.

17. We will be selecting new DNC committee members at the state convention. Is that the national committee man and committee woman? WIll this be on the Saturday ballot or on the follow-up national delegate ballot next week?
Yes, the DNC committee members are a separate position than the national delegates. One woman and one man will be selected on Saturday, April 25. Their terms will officially begin the day after the national convention ends. Only national delegate candidates will be voted for on May 2.

18. PLEOs are voted on by district level state delegates? Or statewide delegates?
PLEOs will be voted on by all state delegates that are within the same caucus as the PLEOs are in. Thus, Biden caucus-goers will vote for Biden PLEOs; Sanders caucus-goers will vote for Sanders PLEOs.

19. How does affirmative action priority work? How does the UDP know how people identify? (Race, gender, disability, etc)? How does the party prioritize? Only in event of ties? 
The UDP has some discretion in determining how to resolve priority for positions. For the most part, however, the UDP will seek to meet all of the guidelines established by the DNC concerning race, age, sexual orientation, etc. Candidates were given the option to self-identify on the application.

20. When exactly are we going to hold the voting next week for the national delegates? When/how will we communicate that to the candidates and voters?

We will continue to email and contact voters over the course of the next week reminding them of this vote. We will also keep the website operating until the vote takes place on May 2.

21. Who is Lily Esklesen Garcia and how did she get selected as an automatic delegate? What is the tenure of her role and what are the rules for the next time that term is up?

Lily Eskleson Garcia is a former US House of Representatives candidate for the 2nd District. She is also the President of the National Education Association. Ms. Esklesen-Garcia was selected as an automatic delegate by the DNC after the UDP requested additional delegates to help represent the party at the national convention.

22. If a candidate is running for district-level and PLEO and/or At-Large, what is the priority for how they can be elected?

All candidates are elected at the district-level first, then the PLEO level, then At-Large. If someone has applied for all three and is elected as a district-level candidate, they are a delegate and will not be considered for PLEO or At-Large. If someone has applied for all three and is not elected as a district-level delegate, but is elected as a PLEO, they will not be considered for At-Large.

23. After this weekend's ballot, when state delegates identify their presidential candidate preference (for district level voting), how do candidates get the list of their voters? What is the process for paying the $25?

To obtain the list, simply contact Matthew Patterson at He will send you the list after you have donated $25 to the UDP through its website. Once you have the list, you are free to ask for updates to the list. On Monday, April 27, a new list should be ready for national delegate candidates that is specific to the caucus and the district that they are running in.

24. How do we pay to attend the convention if we don't have the money?

We do not currently know how much attending this event will cost.  All efforts to price out airline tickets, ground transport, and evel food and entertainment has been altered as a result of the pandemic. Currently, we are asking all delegates to raise upwards of $2000.  If you do not have $2000, you can and should fundraise this amount.  We are happy, if necessary, to hold a fundraising training for national delegates after elections take place.

Utah Democratic Party Forum Questions

Dear Party Member, 
In this new world of virtual space, we want to give you an opportunity to ask our candidates some questions. Your voice, your words are central to our ability to conduct these democratic processes. We are holding a series of forums sponsored by the State Party and these questions will be considered for those events.