Utah Lieutenant Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Mar 06, 2020 - Mar 11, 2020


The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Utah is an elected statutory officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Utah. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is not subject to term limits.The lieutenant governor is the first in the line of succession in the event that the governor is incapacitated or absent or when the elected governor dies, resigns or is removed. The lieutenant governor also executes any gubernatorial powers delegated to him or her by the governor. The office of the Utah Secretary of State was abolished in 1976 and those duties were given to the lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor has since been charged with overseeing key components of the initiative process. The lieutenant governor's additional duties include the oversight of all notaries public, the legal authentication of documents, maintaining oversight and regulation of registered lobbyists, certifying municipal annexations, maintaining oversight over all elections and serving as the "keeper" of the state seal.Other duties and privileges of the office include: Serving as the chief election officer of Utah; Keeping a register of, and attesting to, all official acts of the governor; Serving as the governor's liaison the to legislature; Serving as an adviser to the governor on policy, fiscal and budgetary matters; Sitting on or chairing commissions, boards, committees and cabinet agencies as delegated by the governor. The salary for this position is $104,000/year.

Application Guidelines
To file as an unaffiliated candidate in Utah follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain petition forms and a certificate of nomination form from the office. Begin collecting signatures. Before submitting the signatures to the Elections Division, the signatures need to be verified first by the appropriate county clerk. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including financial disclosure forms and a petition composed of a stipulated number of signatures. Statewide candidates (e.g., governor, attorney general) must collect 1,000 signatures. All other candidates must collect at least 300 signatures or 5% of the registered voters living in the district/area (whichever is less). Accompany these documents with a Filing Fee. Next, file this paperwork with the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division if you plan to run for a statewide office. Multi-County districts file with the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division as well, however Single-County district candidates file with the County Clerk of the county in which the district resides. 3) Submit the candidacy filing paperwork to the filing officer during the filling window. The filing window begins the second Friday in March and ends the third Thursday in March. Listed below is the phone number of the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns. Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division contact information: phone (801) 538-1041 or email: elections@utah.gov. Please be aware that when a candidate declares candidacy or begins spending or collecting money for the campaign, they are required to begin disclosing their campaign's finances. Additionally, please note another source to to answer questions and concerns is the local County Clerk. Contact information for the County Clerks can be found here: http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/county-clerks

Submit application to:
Utah Lieutenant Governor, Elections Division, 350 State St #220, Salt Lake City, UT, 84103, US