Candidate biographies are now available on the Tooele County website at http://www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/Elections.htm.
You may also see a copy of the sample ballot under the heading “2014 General Election Sample Ballot.” Please remember that this sample ballot has all of the offices up for election in Tooele County. Your ballot will not have all of these offices on it.
On the sample ballot the only office that has a write-in line is the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional District 2. The reason for this is because legislation was passed last year that allows us to take the write-in line off, unless a candidate has filed as a write-in for that office. This helps keep the larger ballots to one page (front and back), eliminating the cost of printing, mailing and counting a two-page ballot.
The Voter Information Pamphlet (VIP) has information about the upcoming election, including state and federal candidates. Information about Tooele County candidates is not included. There will also be an explanation, for and against the three constitutional amendments on the ballot.
VIP postcards will come in the mail by the end of this week. Previously the state sent out VIPs to every household. The cost became expensive, so they began sending out postcards asking if you’d like a printed VIP sent to your home (check the box and mail it back), or it gives the website link that you can view on-line.
If you indicated in the last state-wide general election (2012) that you wanted a printed VIP sent to your home, you will receive that, rather than the postcard. There will also be VIPs available in my office and at all of the libraries throughout Tooele County.
There has been discussion that the county does not have a policy for procedures when handling public funds. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I used Salt Lake County’s policy as a guideline and made revisions and suggestions applicable to Tooele County.
It is now in the hands of Tooele County Auditor Mike Jensen and Tooele County Attorney Doug Hogan for their input. The purpose of the policy is “to establish procedures for receiving, recording, depositing, and distributing public funds, and defines functions and responsibility to establish and strengthen internal controls over these procedures.”
My hope is we can get this policy to the Tooele County Commission and approved before the end of the year so procedural audits may begin in 2015.
Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk