East Side incumbents fare well Election Day
Incumbent councilmen in eastern Summit County skated through Election Day.
In Coalville, City Councilmen Brent Scholes and Steven Richins were chosen to serve additional four-year terms on the board. Scholes received 258 votes and Richins 174.
Coalville City Councilwoman Joan Judd is retiring and her current seat is up for grabs. But absentee and provisional ballots must be tallied before Trisha Beames or Kelly Ovard, who each received 160 votes, can be determined the winner.
Candidates Karen Brostrom and Tyson Collins were defeated in the race.
Incumbent Kamas City Councilmen Kevan Todd and Dan Littledike were elected to new terms, as was political newcomer Rod Atkinson.
As a lifelong resident of Kamas, Atkinson said he hopes to improve sewer and water systems in the town. Defeated in the race were Kamas residents Rex Mitchell, A. Jason Barto and Jeff Zenger.
Elected to the Oakley City Council were incumbent City Councilmen Ron Bowen and DelRay Hatch and newcomer Eric Rose. Lorrie Hoggan, Wade Woolstenhulme and Paul Woolstenhulme were defeated in the race.
Incumbent Francis Town Councilman Greg Averett fared well Election Day receiving 207 votes in the South Summit municipality. R. Lee Snelgrove received 147 votes to earn a four-year seat on the board. Tim Butikofer was chosen to serve for two years.
Candidates rejected in Francis included Sherri Eiting, Joe Eiting and Richard Palmer.
A controversial ballot referendum that involved closing a portion of Hill Top Road near State Road 32 was defeated overwhelmingly by 87 percent of Francis voters as 271 people opposed the closure and 40 supported the measure.
In Henefer, where only one candidate filed for two seats on the board, incumbent Town Councilman Bruce Rowser was elected to another term. Write-in candidate Josh Richins received 150 votes to earn the second spot on the board.
The next closest write-in candidate was Ben Jones who received 10 votes, Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard said.
Meanwhile, an Election Day controversy that involved poll workers allegedly invading the privacy of voters by glancing at unconcealed ballots drew criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah.
"It’s a big issue," Parkite Jill Sheinberg said Friday after reporting the breach Tuesday.
Privacy concerns could warrant new elections when results are unconstitutional, ACLU attorney Marina Lowe said.
"The Utah Constitution does state very clearly that secrecy of the ballot is one of the utmost important provisions," Lowe said.
Instead of electronic voting machines, election officials used optical scan equipment that did not give voters a way to secure their ballots from the eyes of election judges who handled votes before they were deposited in locked boxes.
But Parkite Kathy Dopp is a staunch critic of electronic voting and said Summit County’s so-called DRE touch-screen machines are less secure than paper ballots used Tuesday.
"Touch-screen DRE voting machines provide no ballot privacy whatsoever and are a violation of the Utah Constitution," Dopp said.
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