A bill that proposes Utah to hold its first presidential primary in the nation in 2016 and also conduct voting online has been advanced by the lawmakers.
On Monday, the House voted unanimously to approve the bill. The House voted 58-14 to approve the bill from Ephraim Republican Rep. Jon Cox.
This move will help in creating an online primary election a week before any other state.
There were also reports that the national Republican Party has threaten that if the state makes such an attempt, it will cut Utah delegates from 40 to nine.
National Democrats have not yet weighed in on the issue.
Jon Cox said that even a diminished delegation would have more influence.
The online component would let state bump up the election if others try to race ahead, he added.
Cox felt that this bill is necessary as under the current Utah protocol, the missed contests keep officials in place until the next planned election two years down the road.