SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah GOP is reversing its decision to drop a legal challenge of the Count My Vote election law change that allows candidates a pathway to a primary ballot by gathering signatures.

In a special meeting Saturday, the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee voted to see through its appeal of SB54, according to a statement from state party chairman James Evans. The committee had voted earlier this month to end the costly legal battle, part of a deal with state leaders.

In the statement, Evans indicated that since the decision was made to drop the challenge, the party has found “a pathway to finish the final stages of the federal appeal without any additional cost to the party.”

Donors will cover any out-of-pocket costs to the party’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, Evans said Sunday. Utah GOP attorney Chris Troupis and former legislator Morgan Philpot — who served alongside Mumford as a defense attorney for Ammon Bundy and others acquitted of federal charges in standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon — will also be working on the lawsuit at no cost.

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