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Legislative action that proposed this amendment: HJR3 1975 Regular Session

Disposition: This amendment took effect following voter ratification. You may read the resulting 1977 Utah Constitution here.

Amends article 4 section 2,3,4,5,6,7

[The entire article was included in the amendment, but several sections included no actual change from the existing text.]


The rights of citizens of the State of Utah to vote and hold office shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex. Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges.


Every citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or over, who makes proper proof of residence in this state for 30 days next preceding any election, or for such other period as required by law, shall be entitled to vote in the election.


In all cases except those of treason, felony or breach of the peace, voters shall be privileged from arrest on the days of election, during their attendance at elections, and going to and returning therefrom.


No voter shall be obliged to perform militia duty on the day of election except in time of war or public danger.


No person shall be deemed a qualified voter of this State unless such person be a citizen of the United States.


No mentally incompetent person or person convicted of treason, or crime against the elective franchise, unless restored to civil rights, shall be permitted to vote at any election, or be eligible to hold office in this State.


No property qualification shall be required for any person to vote or hold office.


All elections shall be by secret ballot. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the use of any machine or mechanical contrivance for the purpose of receiving and registering the votes cast at any election: Provided, That secrecy in voting be preserved.


All general elections, except for municipal and school officers, shall be held on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November of the year in which the election is held. Special elections may be held as provided by law. The terms of all officers elected at any general election, shall commence on the first Monday in January next following the date of their election. Municipal and School officers shall be elected at such time as may be provided by law.


All officers made elective or appointive by this Constitution or by the laws made in pursuance thereof, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State, and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity."