NFIB/Utah-endorsed candidates were very successful on election night. According to the Lt. Governor’s website on November 5, 67 of the 72 NFIB endorsed candidates were in the WIN column!
That means more legislators who understand how hard it is to own and run a successful small business. Eight of those successful candidates are NFIB members
NOW, back up the bus on the final numbers in Utah for a couple of weeks. It was just released yesterday late afternoon [Wednesday, Nov. 5] that Salt Lake County has more than 20,000 vote-by-mail, absentee and provisional ballots still to be canvassed.
Davis County has more than 17,000 ballots. Canvassing in Davis County will happen on Tuesday, Nov. 11, but Salt Lake County will not complete its canvassing for two weeks, according to the Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen.
Salt Lake County and Davis County were test grounds for voting this year and sent all ballots out by mail. Salt Lake County was also a pilot project that allowed voter registration on Election Day and the casting of a provisional ballot. That means that 20,000 ballots in Salt Lake County and 17,000 ballots in Davis County still need to be canvassed before the final tally of votes can be finalized.
The 17,000 ballots in Davis County won’t change any State Senate or State House races, but it might change a bond election that was sitting at a two-vote difference in Farmington City.
On the other hand, Salt Lake County could have some changes in House Districts 30,31 and 44. According to the Lt. Governor’s website House District 30 is within 108 votes, House District 31 is within 33 votes and House District 44 is within 152 votes.
If the votes in these districts change, the outcome could mean more victories for the NFIB/Utah. I am looking forward to the final results with excitement! It’s like having another election night to look forward to.
Leadership elections usually take place the Thursday or Friday after elections, but with three house seats on the line, I am guessing that the elections for House Leadership will be held after Salt Lake County has released final numbers.
Senate Leadership would not be affected by the Salt Lake County or Davis county final vote tally. Those seats were determined by large percentages. Senator Wayne Niederhauser won his re-election with 60.49 percent of the vote. It is highly expected that he will be re-elected president of the Utah State Senate. The elections for Senate leadership will be held as soon as possible.