Standard-Examiner: Election official says government shutdown may harm municipal incumbents

(Standard-Examiner) Local election officials are concerned the federal government shutdown could cause voter apathy and an unfair bias against incumbents at the polls this fall, but experts say there shouldn’t be too much to worry about. …

Derek Monson, director of public policy at the Utah-based Sutherland Institute, had similar thoughts.

“First of all, I’ll say that anything is possible,” Monson said of the shutdown affecting local races. “But just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, and I don’t think it’s going to happen in this case.”

He said the only possible impact he could think of was if the shutdown created a specific issue in a certain city or county and elected officials were expected to find a resolution.

“If the shutdown had a direct impact on a certain municipality and local officials had to do something to alleviate the impacts, then I guess that could have an impact,” he said. “But even that is probably a stretch.”

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