Friday June 24th 6 pm - 9 pm
Venture Out! - Churchill Junior High
3450 East Oakview Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Saturday June 25th 8:30 am (parade starts at 9:00 am)
Taylorsville Dayzz Parade
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Parking lot outside of FYE, 5584 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, UT 84123
Saturday June 25th 9:30 am (parade starts at 10:00 am)
Herriman Towne Days Parade
Herriman Skate Park, 13400 S and S Pioneer Street, Herriman, UT 84096
Saturday June 25th 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
10150 S 2200 W, South Jordan, UT 84095
On Saturday, May 7th GOUD presented the findings and recommendations of the Salt Lake County Election Integrity Committee to nearly 100 attendees.
GOUD's presentation covered poll watching, GRAMA requests, security and chain of custody for ballot drop boxes, non-public voter records, ballot adjudication, and more. Following the presentation, there was a lively and productive question and answer session.
View the Report: SL County GOP Election Integrity Report
Watch the full Video: Press Conference Video
Here are ways that you can help our campaign:
- Put a sign in your yard: If you do not already have a sign, please reach out to us so we can bring you one. We have two sizes of yard signs, normal signs and large signs if you have a bigger space. Let us know what size you want and we will bring it by.
- Volunteer: This is a big county with a lot of events (parades, car shows, gun shows, farmers markets, etc.). We need volunteers to help us have a presence at those events. Please sign up to be a volunteer. We will reach out to you when we have volunteer opportunities.
- Host a cottage meeting: GOUD wants to meet with you and share his vision and ideas for a better way forward with how our Clerk’s office is run. Please reach out to us to host a cottage meeting or if you would like to participate in other events..
- Other Activities: You can participate in door-knocking, make phone calls, help staff a booth at an event etc.
We appreciate your help!
Throughout his professional career, GOUD Maragani has developed and honed a broad set of skills working for:
Large public and private organizations have relied on GOUD's unique skill set in order to understand complex systems, explain them to employees, make improvements, develop transparency and audit results.
GOUD currently works for a Utah company doing business in 180 countries around the world. GOUD was hired because of his broad education, field experience, strong work ethic, and professional work history.
GOUD has been instrumental to companies and organizations due to his ability to design, implement, and track their compliance efforts based on strict adherence to their policies and the law. He has helped them develop efficient, cutting edge, and transparent ways to ensure accountability.
Regardless of political affiliation, voters and candidates have been questioning voting integrity for many years. Voters want to understand the process and procedures that ensure their legal vote is received and counted.
When voting became as simple as filling out a ballot in one’s living room, it brought with it more room for error. Although mail-in ballots seem to increase voter convenience and participation, additional steps for security and ballot integrity must be implemented.
As your Salt Lake County Clerk, GOUD will take measures to shore up the public trust, improve voter knowledge of the process, and make the voting process clear and transparent from start to finish.
GOUD was born in Wisconsin and grew up near Chicago. He is a first-generation American whose father came to America for education opportunities in 1973, then returned to India to marry his sweetheart. His mother legally immigrated to the U.S. in 1975 to join his father.
GOUD earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with a law degree from Georgetown University.
GOUD cares deeply for America, its freedoms, and its opportunities. GOUD understands that these freedoms and opportunities must be upheld by citizens willing to serve.
GOUD has served our country in a number of roles:
Use of GOUD's military rank and photographs in uniform doesn't imply endorsement by the Army or DoD.
I have been approached by Democrat and Republican IT professionals who have raised concerns about the security of election machines. For example:
What I took away from such conversations is that there appears to be bipartisan concern about the machines that are used in our elections.
I believe Clerks need to address voters’ concerns about election machines with verification methods that anyone can participate in. For example, one way the Clerk can verify that the tabulators (the machines used to count our votes) are working properly is to hand count a race and compare the results to the results produced by the tabulator.
As your County Clerk, I will regularly conduct audits like this so that voters know the machines we use are working properly.
Read more here.
In the private sector, it is standard practice for companies to conduct multiple audits throughout the year to help businesses understand what is and is not working well.
I believe audits involving public systems, elected officials, and voter integrity should be standard practice, especially since these items are funded by you, the taxpayer.
Unfortunately, it appears that thorough and regularly scheduled audits have not been conducted at the County Clerk's office, and certain elected officials have pushed back, even taken personally, the simple request to implement such a practice.
As your County Clerk, my office will conduct regular, straightforward audits so we can determine what is and is not working well. These audits will provide the valid and accurate information we need to continuously improve our voting systems, benefiting all of Salt Lake County.
Read more here.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each method of voting allowed in Utah. The State Legislature, not the County Clerks, determines what methods of voting are legal in Utah. However, the County Clerk should inform voters of the pros and cons of each type of voting so voters can make an informed decision regarding the method they want to use to cast their vote.
By law, there are currently four ways that you can submit a ballot to the Clerk’s office:
Find out more about the pros and cons of each method of voting here.
I continue to be amazed at how “out of touch” certain elected officials are with their constituents. Many promise transparency and accountability, then, once elected, they discount and even demonize those same voters.
HB96 is a great example.
Utah allows ordinary citizens to place GRAMA (Government Records Access and Management Act) requests to make sure the public’s interests are respected and the laws are being followed.
Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to work with citizens, certain County Clerks approached the State Legislature and requested legislation to make it harder and more expensive for regular citizens to request information. The result is HB96.
Rather than reaching out to citizens who seek information, walking them through Utah's Open Records Portal (https://openrecords.utah.gov/), and showing these voters how to avoid large fees, certain County Clerks made it more difficult, more cumbersome, and more frustrating with this new legislation.
As your County Clerk, I will exercise maximum discretion to provide free or low cost GRAMA requests to the citizens of Utah. My office also will work with you to understand what you are seeking, so that through your requests, you get the information you need and avoid large fees.
Read more here.
There are three different categories of voter records: public, private, and withheld. As your County Clerk, GOUD will use a predetermined, transparent process as needed to verify the accuracy of voter rolls.
This will be followed by a progress report every other year that will tell voters how the Clerk’s office verified those records. The progress report will be available for citizen review and comment. Read more here.
In the 2020 General Election, 57% of voters used “drop boxes” to return their ballots to the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office. Naturally, drop boxes increase the number of steps required to return your ballot safely to the Clerk’s office.
In order to secure the drop-box ballots, it is crucial to establish a proper chain of custody. GOUD proposes several measures for this. Among them are electronic time stamps and a log of pickup and delivery. Read more here.
Poll watching is a proven way for citizens and campaign volunteers of all political persuasions to ensure that election laws are being followed. Poll watching is an essential tool to help spot irregularities.
As your County Clerk, GOUD will welcome citizens' involvement in Salt Lake County poll watching. GOUD will post a detailed "Poll Watch" schedule well before the counting begins so that poll watchers and campaigns can conveniently plan in advance. Read about it here.
In the business world, the average tenure is 5 years for an executive, and 7 years for a CEO.
So far, the tenure of the current Salt Lake County Clerk is 31 years. Our current Clerk assumed office in 1989, the same year the World Wide Web was launched to the public on the first web page.
It is time for a new Clerk who can bring in a fresh set of eyes and a better understanding of technology. It is also important to implement practices that increase transparency and bolster voter confidence in our election process, as well as other areas that the Clerk manages.
GOUD appreciates your input on what can be done to improve transparency, accountability, and voter trust in the election process.
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