The City Hall primary election, scheduled in less than a week, has not brought out the crowds during the early-voting period.
Park City's election official said Tuesday morning 54 people had cast ballots in the primary, a paltry number for an early voting period that is meant to provide people flexibility in when they make their choice. The total is roughly the same as the number of people who had voted in a primary in Coalville, a much smaller community than Park City.
The early voting period ends on Friday. Hours on Wednesday and Thursday are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Extended hours are scheduled on Friday, when people may cast a ballot between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The polling station during the early voting period is in the executive offices on the third floor of the Marsac Building. Parkites must be registered to cast a ballot to vote in the primary election. They must present a government-issued photo identification to vote.
The primary is scheduled on Tuesday. Voters in Park City will decide which candidates in the City Council field will advance to Election Day in November. The six candidates on the ballot in the primary will be reduced to four on Tuesday. The candidates are:
Matsumoto and Butwinski are incumbents and each is seeking a second term on the City Council. Wintzer is a member of City Hall's Board of Adjustment while Henney sits on a municipal open space committee.
Voters may cast ballots for up to two candidates.
The campaign through the beginning of the week has been one of the least lively in Park City in years. Yard signs supporting some of the candidates have been seen only sporadically in recent weeks. The six candidates have not appeared together in any sort of election forum, and there were not any planned prior to the primary by Tuesday morning.
The summertime scheduling of the primary, a result of a change in state election law, could among the reasons for the slow start of the campaign season as people are vacationing or otherwise enjoying the summer. Primaries in the past had been held in the fall, a season more closely associated with elections.
The voting on Tuesday runs from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. People who live in Old Town and Deer Valley will vote in the City Council chambers at the Marsac Building. Voters who live elsewhere in Park City will vote in the lobby of the Eccles Center.
More information is available on City Hall's website, www.parkcity.org. Select the 'Government' button and then 'Election Information 2013' from the dropdown menu. City Hall's election officer, Sharon Bauman, is reachable at 615-5184 or email@example.com.