I think we’d all like to get our lives back to “normal,” whatever that is, however, after we get through this virus, I’m not sure what our “normal” is going to look like. In the Clerk’s Office there have been a number of changes to try to accommodate and be able to serve our public. Here are a few things that are happening:
Marriage Licenses: You can now get your marriage license completely online. Go to tooeleco.org, click on the “Your Government” tab and then click on the “Clerk” line located under the “Elected Officials” column. You will find the marriage license link in the left column of the page under the “Clerk Links.” Complete your marriage license application online and pay online by credit card or debit card. Read the confirmation email containing information about finalizing your application by emailing a selfie and copies of your driver’s licenses to email@example.com. Once we have verified your information, compared signatures, etc., we will email you the marriage license with instructions on how to proceed. If for some reason there is a problem, we are allowing Tooele County residents only to make an appointment to come into the office to complete the license.
Passports: We have received notification from the passport agency that they cannot guarantee passports will be completed within the six-eight week time frame. Also, there is no more expediting for two week service. The passport agency, as well as everyone else, has laid off staff so things are taking longer. My advice would be to still come in and apply for your passport as soon as possible. I’m afraid that if you wait until things are back to “normal” there will be a floodgate of people applying and it will take even longer. If you apply now, at least your application is in the system. Passport applications are taken by appointment only during this situation. Call 435-843-3155 to make an appointment.
June Primary Election: This is going to be a strange election for all of us. The only parties involved in the June primary election will be the Republican and Democratic parties. There will be no in-person polling locations only a mobile polling location at the county building. Only those affiliated with the Republican Party will receive a Republican ballot. Only those affiliated with the Democratic Party, and unaffiliated voters who request a Democratic ballot will receive a Democratic ballot. No other parties will be voting this election. If you are unaffiliated and would like to vote a Republican or Democratic ballot, please request or affiliate before June 19 so a ballot can be sent to you. With only one mobile polling location, there is sure to be a long line for ballots. I can’t stress enough to please watch for your ballot in the mail during the beginning of June. There will be no drop off boxes inside the Clerk’s office. Either return your ballot by mail or at one of the drop box locations. Much more information will be coming before the election.
Commission Meetings: With social distancing only 10 people are allowed into meetings, so the IT Department is working on a social platform where citizens will be able to make public comments during the meeting. The arrangements are still in the works, but until then you can still listen to the meeting on Facebook at Transcript Bulletin Live. If you would like to make a public comment, please go to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to specify which meeting you are leaving the comment for. All public comments are included in the minutes of the meeting. This is new to all of us, so we’ll see how it goes.
All of these changes and precautions are being taken for your protection, as well as ours. The hope is that we will be back to “normal” for the Presidential Election in November, but until then, please be safe, wear masks in public, practice social distancing and please, remember to be kind.
Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk.