Voters board ballot bus to Coalville
While traveling in a van to cast ballots Tuesday morning in Coalville people from Summit County were concerned that polling locations in the Snyderville Basin had changed since notices were sent to voters.
"So the little cards you get from the government are not right?" Snyderville resident Sarah Lemire asked.
That’s right at least for those who may be used to voting at the Jeremy Ranch, Parley’s Park or Trailside elementary schools.
The changes, however, won’t cause confusion during the Nov. 7 general election, insisted Summit County Clerk Sue Follett.
"With two of the three, it’s just across the street, and we can put arrows saying, ‘vote here,’" Follett said.
While Trailside voters will cross the street to cast ballots at Trailside Park, Jeremy residents instead will vote at the LDS Church in Jeremy Ranch, Follett said, adding that Parley’s Park voters will be detoured to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Silver Springs.
A handful of westsiders who wanted to avoid hassles on Election Day boarded a coach Tuesday for Coalville provided by Park City Transportation.
With early voting underway at the County Courthouse, Follett recently refused to set up polling locations in South Summit and western Summit County so people could vote up to nine days early.
"I was really upset that the county choose not to do it," said Donnie Novelle, the owner of Park City Transportation. "I think we were really cheated by being denied."
So Novelle cooperated with Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott to help arrange free rides for voters to Coalville from Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3. To arrange a ride to the polls contact Elliott at 640-3759.
"My daughter asked me to [vote early] and I needed to do it anyway," Park Meadows resident Dell Fuller said before voting Tuesday in Coalville.
Despite perceived apathy among young voters, his daughter, Alex Fuller, who is 29 years old, insisted some in her generation are politically astute.
"I don’t think my generation is apathetic, I think that some of the big stuff that’s happening in the world, if you wish not to think about it, doesn’t necessarily have to affect your daily life," she said while insisting world affairs likely impacted her parents’ generation more intensely. "For my generation it’s a little easier to put on blinders and keep living in your small world."
However, with various recreation and open-space bonds before voters and a proposal on the ballot to change the form of government in Summit County, "really some of the local issues affect our day-to-day lives a lot more than some of the big ones do," Fuller explained.
"I ran Round Valley over the weekend and felt really grateful that it was there it was nice to know that it’s still around," she added, about open space preserved in the area by City Hall.
While blasting Follett for allegedly "disenfranchising" citizens by not placing early-voting stations on the West Side where most of the county’s population resides, Basin resident Claudia McMullin says she hopes free van rides to Coalville will boost voter turnout which for the June primary election in Park City was around a dismal seven percent.
"It’s meant to get people to Coalville who may not have a car but I don’t think it rectifies (the disenfranchisement) at all," said McMullin. "If there was a voting machine (on the West Side) we wouldn’t need this and I think a lot more people would vote."
Reservations on a voter van can also be made by contacting McMullin, who is a spokeswoman for the group, No Vote No Voice, at 615-1732.
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