Primary ballots slowly trickling in
More than 6,000 remain unreturned
Return ballots for the municipal elections have slowly started trickling in since they were sent last week, according to Summit County Clerk Kent Jones.
As of Friday morning, approximately 875 ballots had been qualified. Additional ballots have been received, but have not been processed yet. However, Jones did not specify where the returned ballots came from. He said about 7,100 were mailed to voters in Park City, Kamas, Oakley and Coalville on July 25. Henefer and Francis are not holding a primary elections and residents in unincorporated areas of the county did not receive ballots.
Winners of the primary will go on to compete in the General Election on Nov. 7.
“If anyone hasn’t got their ballot on that initial mailing, they can call us and we can look it up and see if they were sent a ballot or whether there was an issue with their address,” Jones said.
The clerk’s office had anticipated conducting three mailings between July 25 and Aug. 10, Jones said, adding that one more batch of ballots will be sent before the deadline.
“If you weren’t part of the first mailing, you may be in the second or third,” he said. “After that you may need to go print one on Election Day. Election Day voting is only intended for those who did not receive ballots.”
Anyone who has not received a ballot by Aug. 15 or has experienced any issues can go to the recorder’s office in their respective municipality on Election Day and place a ballot in the dropbox. Unregistered voters can still register online until Aug. 8.
The clerk’s office will tally the votes a couple times between now and Election Day, Jones said. He added, “On Election Day everything that has been processed will be uploaded on the server with election night totals available at 8 p.m.”
Any ballots that the clerk’s office receives after election night will be processed separately before each municipality’s canvass, which must be complete within two weeks of the election.
Jones said there haven’t been any issues with the mail-in ballot process so far. However, he acknowledged other counties have had problems.
“Utah and Wasatch counties are in that Third Congressional District race and that has created some confusion in other counties about who gets a ballot or who doesn’t,” Jones said. “All we are voting on is mayors or council members.”
Jones emphasized the most important thing to remember is that ballots must be postmarked no later than Aug. 14. He suggested mailing them early to avoid missing the deadline or dropping them in a one of the dropbox locations on or before Aug. 15.
Ballot dropbox locations:
- Coalville City, 10 North Main: Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Kamas City, 170 North Main: Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Oakley City, 960 West Center Street: Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Park City, 445 Marsac Avenue: Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The primary ballots will include the following races:
For Park City Mayor:
(Vote for 1)
For Coalville Mayor:
(Vote for 1)
Tyler J. Rowser
Merlyn W. Johnson
For Kamas City Council:
(Vote for 2)
For Oakley City Council:
(Vote for 2)
David A. Edmunds
Richard A. Bliss, Jr.
Eric Kendell Woolstenhulme
To register to vote go to vote.utah.gov under voter registration. The county’s website also includes a link to the site and additional information about voting at http://summitcounty.org/281/Voter-Registration-Elections.
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