I’ve decided presidential elections are like childbirth: You forget how difficult and stressful it is until it happens again. At least at the end of childbirth, you get a beautiful baby. At the end of the election, we get new leaders and a tired election staff.
To put it in perspective, at the last general election the total early votes were 1,554. This election 1,455 voters have voted early after just the first four days. The total early voting for the last presidential election was 5,323. If I were a betting person, I’d bet we will exceed that number this election.
My hope, of course, is to encourage you to vote early or by mail, which will shorten the wait on election day. The deadline for requesting a Vote-By-Mail ballot is Thursday. Besides early voting in my office, which is available this week (Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) there will be early voting at the Grantsville Fire Station on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Tooele Senior Center on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
We have had a lot of questions about the “Valid Voter ID” that is required to vote. The best thing to use is your drivers license. While we are required to send out Voter ID cards, they don’t qualify as a “Valid Voter ID.” They only let the voter know their voter registration has been received and accepted and what precinct they are registered in. We are required by law to send them out. For a list of forms that can be used as a “Valid Voter ID,” please follow this link: co.tooele.ut.us/PDF/Clerk/acceptableforms_clerk.pdf.
I would also encourage you to review a sample ballot before going to the poll. The average voting time for our early voters has been five minutes per ballot. I don’t want you to feel rushed or pressured to hurry because of people waiting in line. If you are already familiar with the candidates and issues, you should be able to finish faster. Sample ballots can be found at co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/pdf/2016/sampleballot.pdf or I would be happy to mail one to you if you would prefer.
As a reminder, on the clerk/auditor’s website you will find candidate profiles, candidate financial forms, polling locations, early voting locations and times, a sample ballot and more.
We are excited to see so many people voting. Hence our motto, “Your Vote is Your Voice. Speak Up!”