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The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and Hinckley Institute of Politics, in partnership with the Deseret News and KSL, are pleased to present INFORMED DECISIONS 2016, a series of election products and events that will help voters make informed choices in 2016.

This year promises to be a banner election year in Utah. The state will elect a governor, four U.S. congressmen/women, a U.S. Senator, and nearly 90 percent of the Utah Legislature, as well as many other state and local officials. INFORMED DECISIONS 2016 will help voters navigate this important election year with analysis of critical issues impacting our state. It will also provide candidates with an opportunity to explain their views on these and other issues.

Focus Groups

The Gardner Policy Institute will convene focus groups drawn from the general public and issue experts in urban and rural Utah to identify important issues and potential policy options. We will share what we learn in a series of Issue Snapshots to be released in June 2016.

Election Briefs

Analysts from the Gardner Policy Institute and Hinckley Institute will prepare policy briefs on the major issues identified in the focus groups. These briefs will be five- to 10-pages long and include information on why the issue is important, an analysis of key topics, and potential policy options for consideration. These Election Briefs will be released in August and September 2016.

Candidate Conversations

The Hinckley Institute, in collaboration with our media partners at the Deseret News and KSL, will lead a series of Candidate Conversations on targeted races. These forums will be hosted “town-hall style,” similar to the CNN Town Hall format hosted by Anderson Cooper in the presidential elections. The majority of these Candidate Conversations will be hosted at the historic Wall Mansion on South Temple Street. The first of these conversations will be in June 2016 prior to the primary election. Later conversations will follow in October 2016.

For additional information on INFORMED DECISIONS 2016, contact Nick Thiriot at nick.thiriot@utah.edu, or (801) 585-3716.