Title 20A Chapter 1 Section 203

Election Code
General Provisions
Section 203
Calling and purpose of special elections -- Two-thirds vote limitations.

            

20A-1-203.   Calling and purpose of special elections -- Two-thirds vote limitations.

            (1) Statewide and local special elections may be held for any purpose authorized by law.

            (2) (a) Statewide special elections shall be conducted using the procedure for regular general elections.

            (b) Except as otherwise provided in this title, local special elections shall be conducted using the procedures for regular municipal elections.

            (3) The governor may call a statewide special election by issuing an executive order that designates:

            (a) the date for the statewide special election; and

            (b) the purpose for the statewide special election.

            (4) The Legislature may call a statewide special election by passing a joint or concurrent resolution that designates:

            (a) the date for the statewide special election; and

            (b) the purpose for the statewide special election.

            (5) (a) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may call a local special election only for:

            (i) a vote on a bond or debt issue;

            (ii) a vote on a voted local levy authorized by Section 53A-16-110 or 53A-17a-133;

            (iii) an initiative authorized by Chapter 7, Part 5, Local Initiatives - Procedures;

            (iv) a referendum authorized by Chapter 7, Part 6, Local Referenda - Procedures;

            (v) if required or authorized by federal law, a vote to determine whether or not Utah's legal boundaries should be changed;

            (vi) a vote authorized or required by Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax Act;

            (vii) a vote to elect members to school district boards for a new school district and a remaining school district, as defined in Section 53A-2-117, following the creation of a new school district under Section 53A-2-118.1;

            (viii) an election of town officers of a newly incorporated town under Section 10-2-128;

            (ix) an election of officers for a new city under Section 10-2-116;

            (x) a vote on a municipality providing cable television services or public telecommunications services under Section 10-18-204;

            (xi) a vote to create a new county under Section 17-3-1;

            (xii) a vote on the creation of a study committee under Sections 17-52-202 and 17-52-203.5; or

            (xiii) a vote on a special property tax under Section 53A-16-110.

            (b) The legislative body of a local political subdivision may call a local special election by adopting an ordinance or resolution that designates:

            (i) the date for the local special election as authorized by Section 20A-1-204; and

            (ii) the purpose for the local special election.

            (c) A local political subdivision may not call a local special election unless the ordinance or resolution calling a local special election under Subsection (5)(b) is adopted by a two-thirds majority of all members of the legislative body, if the local special election is for:

            (i) a vote on a bond or debt issue as described in Subsection (5)(a)(i);

            (ii) a vote on a voted leeway or levy program as described in Subsection (5)(a)(ii); or

            (iii) a vote authorized or required for a sales tax issue as described in Subsection (5)(a)(vi).


Amended by Chapter 320, 2013 General Session

Amended by Chapter 415, 2013 General Session