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More than 6,000 voter ballots returned in Summit County so far

More than 6,000 of the 25,000 ballots that were mailed to registered voters have been returned to the Summit County Clerk’s Office as of Monday afternoon. Ballots need to be postmarked on or before Nov. 5 or they can be delivered to one of five drop boxes, including this one at Park City Municipal.

When Summit County implemented a vote-by-mail system in 2016, Ginger Tolman and her family didn't receive their ballots.

Tolman, an Old Town resident who describes herself as an avid voter, said none of the three registered voters in her home ever got one. And then last year there was a mix up with her son's signature, which disqualified his ballot.

So the Tolmans weren't exactly sure what to expect this year. But their experience went a lot smoother than it had in previous years.

Tolman, her husband and her son received their ballots earlier this month and have already returned them. She said she hasn't heard whether any friends or family members have experienced any issues receiving their ballots, but she knows firsthand it's possible.

"I think it is generally a really good system, but there are situations where it's important to have the opportunity to go to the poll and vote like we have had to do," she said. "Plus, we have such a transient workforce that comes and goes or struggles with finding a new place to live, it's tough to keep those addresses up to date."

According to Summit County Clerk Kent Jones, there have not been widespread problems with the vote-by-mail system this election season. More than 6,000 ballots had been returned to the Summit County Clerk's Office as of Monday at around 4 p.m.. The Clerk's Office did not have a breakdown of where the ballots were from.

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About 25,000 ballots have been sent to registered voters in the county. The final batch of ballots was mailed on Monday.

Common address changes have been the biggest issues the Clerk's Office has faced, Jones said. He added, "It's just been routine stuff." Several voters told The Park Record they already received their ballots, with many referring to the process as "quick and easy."

Others said they have reached out to the Clerk's Office or were planning on casting their vote on Election Day. Registered voters who do not receive a ballot through the mail can participate in early voting at the Clerk's Office in Coalville through Friday or visit one of four voting centers on Election Day. The last day for voter registration at the Clerk's Office or online was on Tuesday. But, people can still register in person on Election Day.

"If they would call us, we could check and find out where their ballot was mailed," Jones said. "We can try and get them a new ballot."

Returned ballots have to be postmarked on or before Nov. 5. Jones said it's important for people to know when the mail is picked up to avoid missing the deadline. Ballots can also be placed in drop boxes throughout the county before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Jones anticipated voter turnout reaching as high as 75 percent. He said the first year mail-in ballots were used, 88 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. But, he noted, it was a presidential year.

"We don't really have anything to compare this year to, but I would say we might hit about 75 percent," he said. "We've still got more than a week until Election Day and whatever comes in after so we could easily hit 18,000 returned ballots."

The following voting centers will be open on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.:

Coalville City Hall, 10 N. Main

Kamas Services Building, 110 N. Main

Park City Municipal Building, 445 Marsac Ave.

Sheldon Richins Building, 1885 W. Ute Blvd.

For more information about voting, contact the Clerk's Office at 336-3203 or visit co.summit.ut.us/270/Clerk.