Like other states with a large Mormon population, Utah elections often include isolated instances where Mormon candidates either ask for or infer that Mormons owe them their votes simply because they belong to the same religion. As a Mormon, I have a number of concerns with this line of thinking. Religious beliefs (or the lack thereof) can have an appropriate place in determining who one should vote for, but casting a vote based solely on religious affiliation is a practice which I feel is inappropriate.
I offer this Op-Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune dealing with the issue of religious affiliation in voting decisions. In particular, I deal with the issue of Mormon voters in Utah elections.