September 14, 2021; Caroline Ballard
A new report from the Utah Foundation shows voter turnout has improved in Utah since 2006. But compared to the rest of the country, it was still on the low end in the 2020 presidential election. The Civic Engagement Report released Tuesday looked at how Utahns engage with their government. It measured voter turnout, public meeting attendance and the number of advocacy organizations. The state trails the nationwide rate when it comes to the number of advocacy organizations per capita, ranking 43rd in the U.S. The foundation also theorized that Utah’s universal vote-by-mail systems may have helped turnout increase over the last decade. One bright spot was citizen attendance at public meetings where Utah ranked third nationally.