Utah County votes to send government change to ballot — despite warnings it lacks legal standing

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PROVO — In an emergency meeting that the Utah County attorney warned could be disputed as being invalid, the Utah County Commission passed a resolution early Thursday morning to let voters weigh in on a change of form of government.

The vote came despite warnings from the Utah County Attorney David Leavitt that the resolution could be invalid or challenged in court, after a surprise move from Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee and four others signed onto a counter-petition earlier this month that effectively delayed the process.

“I don’t care what form of government this is, but we have to follow the process,” Leavitt told the commissioners. “And we have to follow a process that is bedrock to American culture — and that is we do not do things in back rooms, we not do things at 7:45 (a.m.) the day after a holiday. We do things in the public eye with public comment, and it would be my strong recommendation to all three of you commissioners to not adopt your finding.”

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