Parkites will do something they have not done since 2007: vote in a Park City Council primary.
Two City Hall election cycles have passed since a primary was necessary to reduce the field for Election Day. Primaries are only held if there is more than twice the number of candidates as there are seats on the ballot.
There are six people in the City Council field this year competing for two seats. Voters on Tuesday will reduce the field to four candidates for Election Day in November.
In 2007, there were three City Council seats on the ballot. The campaign drew seven candidates, forcing a primary to eliminate one from the Election Day ballot. The primary in 2007, held in September, drew just scattered turnout, with upward of 16 percent of the registered voters casting a ballot.
There are worries that the turnout on Tuesday will be similarly poor. Campaign 2013 has lacked the pizzazz of elections in the past, particularly those in the years leading up to the 2002 Winter Olympics and one that was held in the depths of the recession.
The early-voting period ended on Friday. City Hall reported that 124 people had cast ballots by the middle of Friday morning. The number had more than doubled from the little more than 50 who had voted by Tuesday morning.
The votes will be counted in the City Council chambers on Tuesday evening. The results are anticipated to be released that night, perhaps within a few hours of the polls closing.
There has not been an overriding issue this year and the primary will be held earlier than in the recent past, magnifying the idea that turnout could suffer. The six candidates have not appeared together in any sort of campaign forum, and there has been little politicking. There are scattered campaign signs in Park City for some of the candidates.
The candidates on the primary ballot are:
Voters may cast ballots for up to two candidates.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. People who live in Old Town and Deer Valley vote in the City Council chambers. People in the rest of Park City -- Park Meadows, Quarry Mountain, Thaynes Canyon, Prospector and Sidewinder -- vote in the lobby of the Eccles Center.
Voters must present a government-issued photo identification such as a driver license, a passport or military identification card. People who do not possess the required identification must provide two alternate forms from an approved list. The list includes a current utility bill, a Social Security card, a bank or financial statement, a paycheck from the person's employer and a certified naturalization document.
More information is available on City Hall's website, www.parkcity.org. Select the 'Municipal Primary Election' link on the front page. Information is also available under the 'Government' button on the front page of the website. Select the Election Information 2013 option from the dropdown menu.
Someone may also call City Hall's election officer, Sharon Bauman, at 615-5184.