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Study The Issues

Why the League of Women Voters does studies:
Before members reach a position on an issue, it is essential that they have an opportunity to become informed. League studies give members an opportunity to examine the facts and discuss key points. The studies cited below are those done most recently. The links will take you to an online version of the entire study.

Agriculture in Utah (2018)

A LWV of Utah Study
Statement of Purpose: A study of Utah agriculture was initiated with an appreciation of farming and ranching lifestyles, the esthetic values of farms and farmland, and a community-expressed preference for eating food grown locally. We began our research with concern for the future of Utah farming and ranching and whether it will be a viable occupation in the future, and with skepticism about resident’s hopes for food sustainability and the ability to grow enough food to sustain a growing population. Not all the information sought was found, but you will see data on crops and animal products, agriculture industry’s contribution to the state economy, challenges to the future of farming and ranching, and strategies for preserving agriculture.

Read The Consensus Questions

Ranked Choice Voting (2017)

A LWV of Utah Study
Statement of Purpose: This study on RCV, also known as Instant Runoff Voting, is to provide background information, and does not offer solutions or proposals for change, nor does it assume that changing the current system is necessarily desirable. This study, reviewed in a section of a 2005 study by the LWV Utah, is focusing solely on current Utah voting practices and how Ranked Choice Voting, if used in Utah may either be helpful or unfavorable to the State’s elections.


Public Defense in Utah (2016)

A LWV of Utah Study
Statement of Purpose: In 2016 the League became aware of two studies, one by the Sixth Amendment Center (2015) and one by the ACLU (2011) both of which found the state of Utah was deficient in fulfilling its responsibility to ensure indigent defendants receive their constitutionally-guaranteed right to counsel. This study is the result of the League’s investigation into the issue. It presents information about Utah’s present attempts to meet its constitutional responsibility and what still needs to be addressed. Read the League Position here.