September 6 editorial |

September 6 editorial

Election season checklist: Make sure you are registered

After more than a year of intense political debate, we are now just 60 days away from the general election. And while the presidential race is certainly foremost in most people’s minds, Summit County will also take a historic step on Nov. 2. Residents will be selecting five people to serve on the newly decreed county council.

TV coverage and dinner-table conversation already are saturated with debates about who will best serve our country, our state and county. And by the end of October, the rhetoric will be super-heated. So, after all that time and energy, it would be an enormous disappointment to be turned away from the polls on election day because you neglected to register.

So let’s get that out of the way right now.

If you plan to register by mail – that includes all of you first-time voters whose permanent address is in Summit County but who will be away at college on Nov. 4 – the application must be in the mail by Oct. 6.

If you recently moved to Summit County, you may register in person at the county clerk’s office in Coalville as late as Oct. 20.

If you have moved around in the county or if it’s been a long time since the last time you participated in an election, it is easy to check on the status of your registration online. Go to http://www.summit and click on "Find your polling location." If you don’t come up in the system, it’s time to call the clerk’s office.

The clerk’s Web site is also a great place to print out registration forms, sample ballots and absentee-voter ballot applications.

If you know you will be out of town Nov. 4, be sure to send a written request for an absentee ballot well before Oct. 31. The filled-in ballot must be postmarked before Nov. 4.

Finally, if your mind is made up and you are sure those expensive last-minute campaign ads won’t sway that decision, and you don’t want to stand in line on Nov. 4, plan to cast an early ballot Oct. 21-31, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday at any of the following locations: the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, Kamas City Hall, the Park City Library (room 207) and the Sheldon Richins Building. Bring along a driver’s license or passport.

During the last primary election in Summit County, voter turnout was pitiful. We want to be sure that for the general election those who turn out aren’t turned away because of a bureaucratic hiccup.

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