Campaign 2006 Briefs
November 4, 2006
Web site lists polling places
Utah elections officials provide a feature on the state’s World Wide Web site that guides voters to their polling places, allowing them to find out where to go to vote at any time.
The site is: http://gva1.utah.gov/elections/polling.aspx. Once there, people are asked for their name, birth date, which county they live in and their house number. If the person is registered to vote, the Web site provides whether they are registered in a political party, which voting precinct they reside in and where their polling place is located.
The site also provides a link listing many of the people who represent the address, including those in county, state and federal offices.
Summit County provides 15 polling locations throughout the three regions of the county. In Park City, there are three.
People who live in Old Town and Deer Valley vote at City Hall.
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Those residing in Park Meadows, Quarry Mountain and Ranch Road South vote at McPolin Elementary School.
People who live in Prospector, Thaynes Canyon and the Sidewinder district vote at Treasure Mountain International Middle School.
For more information about polling locations in Park City, contact Cindy LoPiccolo, City Hall’s election official, at 615-5026 or Sue Follett, the Summit County clerk. Her number from the West Side is 615-3203. From the East Side, her number is 336-3203.
The Park Record offers an interactive map of polling locations on its World Wide Web site. The address is http://www.parkrecord.com/votingmap. The list is also available on page A-9 in this edition of the newspaper.
Many people on Election Day will vote on touch-screen machines for the first time, the newfangled devices that dominated the campaign for the Summit County clerk in 2006.
Statehouse leaders picked the machines, manufactured by Diebold Election Systems, for Utah elections and they made their debut in the state earlier in 2006.
Lots of people who used them during the primary election in June found them easy to navigate but critics worry that the machines can be hacked and the results changed.
When a registered voter shows up at the polls, they will be given cards containing a microchip to put into the voting machine. They will then choose their candidates and answers to ballot questions by touching the screen.
They can choose a straight-party ticket or decide contest by contest.
When picking candidates, voters can press a name and, if the choice was a mistake, touch the name again to cancel that choice and select another candidate.
After they are finished, a page is displayed with all the selections and a receipt is printed and is scrolled into the machine. If a voter is satisfied, the receipt is scrolled into the machine. Voters are not provided a receipt.
Laws govern campaign signs
Although there have only been sporadic complaints this political season about signs in Park City, with Election Day looming, candidates and Parkites must abide by City Hall’s rules regulating signs.
According to city laws, people are not required to obtain a permit to post a political sign. However, campaign signs cannot be larger than three square feet. The signs cannot be taller than four feet, as measured from the finished grade of a site.
Signs must be posted at least 10 feet from the curb. If 10 feet from the curb, though, is within a building, people may place signs up to three feet in front of the structure. They cannot be put in a side yard, though,
The city allows signs to be put in windows.
People cannot light up the signs.
Sometimes there are widespread concerns about campaign signs in the city but that has not been the case in 2006, when there are no Park City positions on the ballot.
In mid-October, however, there were questions about a sign for Brody Taylor, who is running for Summit County sheriff. The sign was posted in the Old Town roundabout.
That sign was not allowed since the roundabout is considered a state transportation right of way, a Utah Department of Transportation official told The Park Record at the time. The sign was removed.
For more information about the rules, contact the Planning Department at 615-5061 or the Legal Department at 615-5026.
In Summit County, candidates are allowed to put signs in almost any location, according to Michael Barille, the county’s Planning director. He says the county does not limit the size of a sign but that signs are not allowed to create a hazard, such as blocking drivers’ views at intersections.
For more information about the county’s rules, call 615-3000 and ask for the Planning Department.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger