2021 Election Information
2021 Draper City Municipal Election
Last updated: May 7, 2021
The 2021 Draper City Municipal Election will be held on November 2, 2021 to elect two City Councilmembers and one Mayor. Each position is at-large for a four-year term.
This year’s election will differ from past elections in two ways:
- The Draper City Council voted to participate in the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Program – also known as Ranked Choice Voting in place of the traditional plurality (or winner-take-all) voting system.
- Ranked Choice Voting eliminates the primary election, and therefore changes the Declaration of Candidacy period from June to August.
Vote By Mail ballots should be expected to be received by mid-October.
For information on voter registration, Vote By Mail ballots, polling locations, and candidates, please visit the Salt Lake County Elections website. Voter registration information is also available at vote.utah.gov.
Declaration of Candidacy Period Changes
Residents interested in becoming a candidate for either office must file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the City Recorder, 1020 East Pioneer Road, Draper.
Because of this decision to move to Ranked Choice Voting, the Declaration of Candidacy period changes from June to August. In the past, residents who wished to run for open positions were required to declare their candidacy to the City Recorder’s office by June of an election year, in order to participate in a primary election before the main November election. With the Ranked Choice Voting system, the primary election is eliminated and residents have until August to make this declaration.
The City Recorder’s office will be open:
Tuesday, August 10 through Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM excluding weekends. The doors will close promptly at 5:00 PM on August 17. Please do not wait until the last minute to file.
To qualify to run for office, you must:
- Be a United States citizen at the time of filing
- Be a registered voter of the municipality
- Be a resident of Draper for twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the election
- Not be a convicted felon unless the right to hold elective office has been restored
The general election will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
If you have further questions, please contact Laura Oscarson, City Recorder, by calling (801) 576-6502 or by emailing email@example.com.
Ranked Choice Voting
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is a popular electoral system allowing voters to rank candidates by preference, meaning they can submit ballots that list not only their first-choice candidate for a position but also their second, third, and so on.
If no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, then the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated from the running. Voters who picked that sidelined candidate as No. 1 will have their votes count for their second choice. A new tally is then conducted to determine whether any candidate has won a majority of the adjusted votes.
This process continues, with the lowest vote-getter being scratched from the list each time until one candidate earns a majority and is declared the winner. Ranked Choice Voting only requires a single round of voting: one ballot with multiple choices per voter. It is designed to ensure that the winner has support from a majority of participating voters.
RCV in Utah
According to the Lt. Governor’s Office, the following municipalities have indicated their intent to participate in the Alternative Voting Methods Pilot Project: Draper, South Salt Lake, Magna, Bluffdale, Lehi, Payson, Riverton, Springville, Vineyard, Goshen, Newton, Woodland Hills, Genola, Sandy, Nibley City, Millcreek, Moab, River Heights City, Cottonwood Heights, Elk Ridge, Salt Lake City, Midvale, and Heber City.
The Utah Cities of Vineyard and Payson used Ranked Choice Voting in their 2019 elections. Here's a helpful demonstration of Vineyard, Utah’s RCV process and results:
You may also visit their website here for an interactive look at this graph.