Judge weighs if new Utah party can run in Chaffetz election

Saturday , July 15, 2017 - 5:25 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge says Utah’s sped-up special election to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress doesn’t seem to allow enough time for new political parties to get on the ballot, including one recently formed by the son of the late U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett.

Judge David Nuffer said a hearing Friday that he’s not ready to rule on whether he’ll order state officials to include Jim Bennett and his United Utah Party on the November ballot but he intends to make a decision soon.

Bennett contends in lawsuit that Utah elections officials violated his constitutional rights by telling him they didn’t have time to verify his new United Utah Party.

Utah’s elections office says there wasn’t time to accommodate Bennett without shutting out other potential United Utah candidates or delaying the entire election.

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