A message from Chairman Rob Anderson pursuant to the denial of the US Supreme Court to hear the UTGOP challenge to SB54 election law:
On March 4th, 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States of America. Only one month prior, the Convention of Seceded States had adopted their own, separate “provisional” constitution to form the Confederate States of America. The next four years were to become among the most terrible years in the history of our young country as it was propelled into the Civil War. Families became pitted against one another, and in some instances, it was brother against brother.
Over four years ago, after the passage of a controversial election law, the Utah Republican Party was plunged into its own type of civil war. A lawsuit was filed in an effort to challenge the constitutionality of this new election law. This legal challenge has been at the forefront of internal Party struggles since that time. These struggles have distracted us from accomplishing the ultimate purpose of our Party. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) denied the Party’s final effort to legally challenge the constitutionality of the SB54 election law which resulted in a dual path to the ballot.
The legal challenge is over. We are grateful to those who contributed immense time, effort and expense to allow the chance for our voice to be heard at the highest court in the land. We accept and understand that this decision is final.
Today, let us mend fences. Let us no longer pit ourselves against one another. Instead, let us strengthen our party from within. The UTGOP Constitution states the purpose of the Utah Republican Party is to “nominate and support the election of Republican candidates in partisan races for public office, promote the principles set forth in the State Party Platform and perform Party functions set forth in the election laws of the State of Utah and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Party.”
We encourage all citizens of Utah to embrace our conservative platform, to become civilly engaged in political discourse, to attend the next neighborhood Republican Caucus in 2020, and of course, to cast an informed vote in the Primary and General elections.
Your participation is key to our success. We need you. Please join our team.
Rob Anderson, Chairman
Utah Republican Party