Now that the 2019 Election has been completed, it’s time to start looking toward the 2020 elections. Let’s start with the March 3 Presidential Primary Election.
In primary elections, some parties allow anyone to vote their ballot while others close it to only party members. In the upcoming Presidential Primary Election, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have declared their intent to participate in the 2020 Presidential Primary Election.
The Democratic Party permits all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, to participate in its Presidential Primary Election. The Republican Party permits only registered voters affiliated with the Republican Party to participate in its Presidential Primary Election. Utah Code prohibits registered voters from changing their party affiliation after Feb. 3. However, voters who are unaffiliated with a party may change their affiliation up to and including Election Day.
Since Tooele County votes all by mail, we have sent letters to all unaffiliated voters asking them to designate which ballot they want sent to them for the Presidential Primary, as well as the regular Primary Election in June. Please watch for these forms and get them back to my office by Jan. 10. Ballots go out to overseas voters on Jan. 20 and to regular voters on Feb. 11. To see a list of candidates for the President Primary Election, please go to the Clerk’s website at tooeleco.org and click on “Your Government, Clerk, Elections and Voter Information,” then click on “Election Information.”
For citizens interested in filing for one of the county offices that will be open in 2020: Assessor; Council District #1, #3, #4; Recorder/Surveyor; and Treasurer, there are two ways to get on the Primary Ballot. You can gather signatures on a nominating petition beginning Jan. 2. The total number of signatures for each party and office can be found on the County Clerk’s website.
The signatures must be turned into my office for verification by 5 p.m. March 19. If you get the correct number of validated signatures, you will be guaranteed to be on the Primary Election Ballot. All candidates, whether they choose to gather signatures or go through the party convention, must file in the Clerk’s Office beginning March 13 and ending at 5 p.m. March 19.
The information for signature gathering can be found on the Clerk’s website at tooeleco.org. Click on “Your Government, Clerk, Elections and Voter Information,” then click “Candidates.”
If you are confused or have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or call 435-843-3140.
Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk.