How to vote in the upcoming 2nd Congressional District special election

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By Usa Express Daily

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SALT LAKE CITY — The special Republican primary election to fill Utah’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House in less than three weeks away, but it’s still not too late to register to vote.

County clerks began mailing ballots to active registered voters in the district on Tuesday, and early polling locations will also be available for eligible voters.

Here’s a list of key upcoming dates provided by the lieutenant governor’s office:

Aug. 22: Voters can cast their ballots early at a polling location during this two-week period. County clerks set the dates and hours.

Aug. 25: Final day for Utahns to register to vote and receive a by-mail ballot.

Sept. 1: Final day for early in-person voting. Clerks can hold early in-person voting on Labor Day.

Sept. 5: Primary election day.

  • Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
  • Voters must have their ballots postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service by this date. Voters are encouraged to take their ballots to a secure dropbox.
  • Voters can drop off their ballots at a secure dropbox or polling place until 8 p.m.
  • Utahns can register to vote in person and vote provisionally during early voting or election day. Voters who register on election day need a photo ID and proof of residency.
  • Utahns can vote in person at any polling place in their county and must bring ID.

Sept. 19: County canvass deadline.

Oct. 31: County clerks begin to mail eligible Utah voters general election ballots.

Nov. 21: General election day.

Residents can register to vote by visiting There, voters can also track their ballots from start to finish.

Why is there a special election?

The Republican primary field is set in the special election to fill Utah’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House, which is soon to be vacated by Rep. Chris Stewart, who announced he plans to step down on Sept. 15.

The Republican primary will consist of Celeste Maloy, a former chief legal adviser to Stewart who won the party’s special convention last month, former state lawmaker Becky Edwards and national Republican committee member Bruce Hough.

A total of 22 candidates threw their hats in the ring, but only nine now remain.

Stewart announced his planned resignation in late May, citing ongoing health issues his wife is facing.

The Utah Legislature pushed back the dates for the primary election to Sept. 5 and the general election to Nov. 21 in order to accommodate a special election alongside previously scheduled municipal elections this year.

Who is still in?

  • Celeste Maloy, chief legal counsel for Stewart. Won Republican convention. Will compete in GOP primary election on Sept. 5.
  • Becky Edwards, former state legislator, Republican. Will compete in GOP primary election on Sept. 5.
  • Bruce Hough, Republican national committeeman. Will compete in GOP primary election on Sept. 5.
  • Kathleen Riebe, state senator, Democrat. Won Democratic convention and will advance directly to general election.
  • January Walker, ran for Congress in 2022, United Utah Party. Won United Utah convention and will advance directly to general election.
  • Bradley Garth Green, Libertarian. Is the only Libertarian in the race.
  • Cassie Easley, challenged Stewart in 2022, Constitution Party. Is the only Constitution Party candidate in the race.
  • Joe Buchman, unaffiliated.
  • Perry T. Myers, unaffiliated.

Eliminated candidates:

  • Greg Hughes, former Utah House speaker, Republican.
  • Henry Christian Eyring, accounting professor at Duke University, Republican.
  • Jordan Hess, former Utah GOP vice chairman, Republican.
  • Bill Hoster, Leeds mayor, Republican.
  • Kathleen Anderson, former congressional candidate, Republican.
  • Ty Jensen, political commentary content creator, Republican.
  • R. Quin Denning, entrepreneur, Republican.
  • Remy Bubba Kush, Republican.
  • Archie A Williams III, former congressional candidate, Democrat.
  • Guy D. Warner, technology executive, Democrat.
  • Stone Fonua, retired police officer, United Utah Party.
  • Scott Reber, staffer for former Utah Rep. Mia Love, Republican.
  • Scott Allen Hatfield, veteran, Republican.

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Bridger Beal-Cvetko covers Utah politics, Salt Lake County communities and breaking news for He is a graduate of Utah Valley University.

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