State election officials are investigating reports of unauthorized changes to some voters’ political parties on their voter registrations, including candidates for federal office.
Members of the United Utah Party, including 1st District Congressional candidate Eric Eliason, have seen their voter registrations change to unaffiliated or Republican Party.
According to a report in the Deseret News, the young party’s first congressional candidate Jim Bennett, who serves as the United Utah Party’s spokesman, says the move has made the party look smaller than it actually is.
Eliason, a Logan resident, shared a picture on Twitter of how his affiliation had been changed.
The picture shows his party affiliation as United Utah as of March 26, 2018. But on his voter registration card printed on April 30th it had been changed to Unaffiliated.
“There’s no acceptable explanation to this that I can think of,” Eliason exclaimed on Twitter.
State Elections Director Justin Lee says his office will look into the issues.
Bennett says Lee told party members last week that the changes were clerical errors made by county clerks offices.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.