Early voting is underway
June 19, 2012
As of Monday morning, 250 Summit County residents had cast their ballots in the Primary Election. Early voting continues from noon to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 22 in Kamas, Park City and Coalville. The official Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 26.
The Primary will give voters a chance to pick their political parties’ candidates for the November Ballot and to narrow the field in two Park City-area school board races. North Summit voters will also have the opportunity to decide on the fate of an $8.5 million bond for a recreation facility.
Registered Summit County voters can cast their ballots at any of the three early polling locations but will have to go to their local polls if they wait until June 26.
As of Monday, Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said 35 people had voted at Kamas City Hall, 40 had voted at the Marsac Building in Park City, 112 people had cast votes at the Sheldon Richins Building at Kimball Junction and 63 people had voted at the Coalville Courthouse.
"So far, I would say the number of people that have voted early is on par with most primary elections," Jones said. "In November, though, I expect we will see a lot more people voting early for the General Election."
The Utah Republican primary is closed, meaning only registered Republicans can request that party’s ballot. However, voters do not have to be registered as Democrats to ask for that ballot. According to Jones, of the 24,819 names on Summit County’s voter rolls list 7,123 are registered Republicans and 3,806 are registered Democrats. Jones added the county does not keep track of how many ballots from each party have been cast.
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Early voting continues all week and Jones said poll workers are expected to stay busy.
"I think even more people will vote this week than last week," he said. " the time early voting ends on Friday at 5 p.m., the number of ballots cast will double. I wouldn’t be surprised if between 600 to 700 residents vote early, not counting absentee ballots."
On the Republican primary ballot, Dan Liljenquist and Orrin Hatch are competing for the U.S. Senate candidacy and John Swallow and Sean Reyes are competing for Utah State Attorney General. John Dougall and Auston Johnson are competing for Utah State Auditor and Michael Howard and Max Greenhalgh are vying for County Council Seat A.
On the Democratic primary ballot, Ryan Combe and Donna McAleer are vying for the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 candidacy and Sean Wharton and Roger Armstrong are competing for County Council Seat A.
Eric Oberg, Ron Huggins and Nancy Joy Garrison are vying for the two spots on the ballot in November for Park City School Board District 2 and Tania Knauer, Paul Marsh and Kristen Brown are trying for District 3.
On the Constitution Party Ballot, Kirk Pearson and Brandon Nay are competing for the Utah State Governor candidacy.
For more information on early voting, polling places and to view a sample ballot visit http://www.summitcounty.org/clerk