On Monday morning, volunteers from Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox’s campaign turned in over 29,000 signatures to put Cox on the ballot for Utah’s governor in 2020.
In order to qualify for the ballot, gubernatorial candidates need to collect at least 28,000 verified signatures from Utahns who are registered to vote in the same party as them.
Signature gathering began at the start of January and so far, Cox and his campaign are the first to turn in signatures for the governor's race. Although the signatures still need to be verified, Abby Cox, Spencer’s wife, said they are off to a good start.
“This is a big step, one of many, but one a big step in the direction of Spencer becoming the governor of the state,” said Abby Cox. “And what's really exciting about it is that most of the candidates hire a company to do it, but we actually are very unique because of our grassroots efforts. We are collecting the signatures through volunteers. We have over 500 volunteers that have collected signatures for us through this process.”
Voters can only sign for one candidate to be on the ballot. If individuals sign multiple times, the first signature turned in is the one that is counted, which is a benefit of turning in first.
Jeff Burningham, Jon Huntsman Jr., Thomas Wright and Aimee Winder Newton are the other Republican candidates who are gathering signatures to be on the ballot. The Democratic candidates gathering signatures are Nikki R. Pino and Zachary Adams Moses.
Greg Hughes is the only candidate who has declared they are running for governor and who is not gathering signatures.