With municipal primary elections just days away, Utah is experiencing a major shake-up within the ranks of election officials statewide. On July 30, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced the resignation of Justin Lee, the state’s director of elections. Lee’s departure from the state government to pursue other opportunities comes in the wake of the replacement of the county clerks of eight of the state’s 29 counties in the past year. The timing of those changes is inauspicious at best, coming as recent changes to state elections laws increase the responsibilities of county clerks in the upcoming primary and general elections.
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