"Article IV, Section 9. (1) Each general election shall be held on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year."
The Constitution of the United States is not so firm. It gives each state the power to set its own election day for members of Congress, with the proviso that Congress may step in and prescribe its own rules. Which it did not do until 1845, when it set the familiar first Tuesday after the first Monday that voters are so familiar with.
After superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast the other day, there was some talk of the election being postponed, at least in the states most affected. It now appears that a delay will not be necessary, although the continued power outages may make the process a lot more complicated, and the results a lot longer in coming.
Any provision in Utah law allowing the Legislature, the governor or any local official to postpone an election in response to a fire, storm or other natural or man-made disaster would require an amendment to the state constitution. And federal cooperation. State Rep. Kraig Powell, chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, has pledged to take on the challenge in the 2013 legislative session.
Ideally, lawmakers will view the issue practically, with no thought to giving either political party an advantage. And, although the Legislature couldn't resist the urge to gerrymander Utah's congressional districts, it is possible that a system for rescheduling elections, or otherwise making allowances for days when most people won't be able to get to the polls, could be practical rather than partisan.
Meanwhile, it's another reason for Utahns to vote early, or by mail, as current law allows.