Study of the politcal behavior of the Nevada and Utah electorate, 1850-70. Part I, (3):131-51. Focuses on Mormon religious thought and socio-political views during the formative period 1853-70. Examines practices and teachings of early leaders, notably Joseph Smith (1805-44) and Brigham Young (1801-77). Primary and secondary sources. Part II, (4):203-24. Analyzes four clearly observable patterns of electoral behavior among voters in several elections held in the 1850s in the Territory of Utah (which, at that time, included Nevada). Secondary sources. Part 3 analyzes several elections, mostly in Utah, during the 1860s. Significant numbers of non-Mormons came to Utah and Nevada during the 1860s, and thereupon challenged the absolute dominance of the Mormon Church hierarchy over the political processes. The newcomers were partly successful in resisting the Mormon's control over elections, and ultimately formed the Liberal Party in Utah in 1870. Based on newspaper and secondary sources.