Utah Republican Party v Cox

On certified questions from the United States District Court, the Court held that qualified parties must allow access to the primary ballot if a candidate gets enough signatures or gets enough votes at the nominating convention. It held this outcome was required under the plain language of Utah Code 20A-9-101(12)(d) and rejected Party’s arguments holding that the statute allows a party member, not the party, to choose how to get on the ballot and that ballot access statues do not interfere with a party’s internal affairs. The Court declined to answer a second question about the effect of a qualified party’s refusal to allow someone who gets enough signatures to go on the primary ballot as Party made ambiguous and contradictory statements about its plans and thus the issue was not ripe.