Millard County Elections Dispute Taken To Supreme Court

Published on August 26, 2014 at 12:18PM

A primary election dispute that has left county and state elections officials searching for answers will be heading to the Supreme Court. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, state election officials plan to ask the Utah Supreme Court to reverse a judge’s order that Millard County hold a new primary runoff for the disputed County Commission race. Mark Thomas, the state elections director, told The Salt Lake Tribune that “It’s become pretty clear to us that we need further direction form the court.”

At issue is the Republican primary for the Millard County Commission race in which incumbent Jim Withers appeared to have held off challenger Jim Dyer by a narrow five-vote margin. Dyer and his supporters challenged a number of ballots, and earlier this month 4th District Judge Claudia Laycock ruled that seven ballots were improperly counted and one voter was wrongly denied. Laycock ordered the county to redo the vote. However, Thomas said that the it is unclear if the court judge even has the authority to order a special election and whether she can order the county clerk to conduct an election when the clerk was not a defendant in Dyer’s lawsuit.