SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Republican Party’s State Central Committee voted Saturday to drop its federal court challenge over a controversial election law that changes how parties select nominees for public office.

The party had challenged SB54, adopted by the Utah Legislature in 2014, that allows potential candidates to get on the ballot through signature gathering rather than just delegates’ votes at the party convention.

“The lower court rulings have essentially given us a road map for changing our governing documents to ensure we continue effectively working with our Republican Party candidates, and in effect minimize the impact of SB54,” said a statement by Utah Republican Party Chairman James M. Evans.

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