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Even Utah’s most conservative voters should reject Trump

On Tuesday, the Summit County Clerk’s Office mailed out 22,896 election ballots and we are hoping that local citizens will meet or exceed the 67 percent turnout of the last presidential contest in 2012.

There is a lot at stake on every level, from the presidential race to local school board contests, including two important county tax proposals and an open space bond commitment.

This year’s ballot, in particular, offers voters a monumental choice at the top of the ticket. While The Park Record devotes most of its coverage to local issues, the choice between the Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton is a defining moment for the country with the potential to affect everything from global diplomacy to the social fabric of our communities.

It is a choice that is proving especially uncomfortable for many deeply committed Utah Republicans.

The Park Record unequivocally endorses the positive, stronger-together message espoused by Clinton over the divisive, dystopian rhetoric put forward by Trump. We urge Utah conservatives to remember their own former nominee’s warning about Trump’s potential to degrade our nation’s inclusive and idealistic foundation. In March Mitt Romney implored his party to reject Trump’s bid for the presidential nomination, accurately predicting that Trump’s “racism,” “bigotry” and “misogyny” posed a threat to America’s character.

With that in mind it is vitally important that those who value this extraordinary responsibility to participate in the Democratic process should pay special attention to their mailboxes this week and should vow to mark their ballots based on careful study of the candidates and issues.

This is the first time the county has conducted a General Election by mail, although many citizens did have a chance to practice during the June primary. Still it is a good idea to review the steps needed to ensure your vote is counted. If you thought you were registered and have not received a ballot by next week, go to vote.utah.gov to check your status. If you registered recently, be patient, your ballot may come in a second batch, due to be mailed next week.

When you receive your ballot, if you know exactly how you intend to vote, you may fill it out, sign the envelope and drop it in the mail, or an official ballot drop box, right away. The drop boxes are already in place at the following locations: Fresh Market at Pinebrook, The Richins Building at Kimball Junction, the Recreation building at Trailside Park, Park City Hall in the Marsac Building, Kamas City Hall or the County Courthouse in Coalville.

If you chose to mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 7. It is important to note that some rural post offices close early in the afternoon and to ensure they are postmarked before the deadline, it would be a good idea to mail them by Nov. 5 or 6.

Beginning in this issue, The Park Record includes information on the state and local candidates along with a vibrant opinion page including your opinions and endorsements – as well as our own. And we would be extraordinarily proud if Summit County voters set a new record for voter participation.