Early voting has begun.
I know many of you have been anxious to get your votes cast. Well, the time is finally here. Early voting began today at the county building. (See the schedule for early voting on page A5).
While it’s too late to register to vote for this election, there is still plenty of time to apply for a by-mail ballot. You can find one on the clerk’s website, www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/voter.htm, or call me at 435-843-3148 and I will be happy to mail an application to you. After your by-mail application is received in the clerk’s office, your ballot will be mailed within two days.
Would you like to know if your by-mail ballot has been received by the clerk’s office? Just go to the clerk’s website at www.co.tooele.ut.ut/clerk.htm. Click on the red-and-blue “vote” button on the right-hand side. That will take you to the state’s website. Sign in to “voter registration” — it will ask for your name, birth date, house number and county. Once it brings your name up, on the right-hand side, under your name and information, it will say “your absentee ballot” There it will tell you “your absentee ballot was generated on 9/24/12 and will be mailed shortly” or “your absentee ballot has been received and counted.” It will even tell you if there was a problem, such as “your absentee ballot has been received, but wasn’t counted because the signatures did not match the voter record.” In the latter case, we will be in contact with you to fix the problem.
There have been some voters who have had trouble getting their information to come up on the state’s website. As the saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Close out the browser and go back in and try again. If it still won’t bring up your information, please call the clerk’s office and we will check for you.
While all elections are important, this election holds the key to the future of our country, our state, even our county, local school board and special service districts and townships. Each of us will be impacted in some way from the results of this election. Let your voice be heard through your vote. Be a proud American. Vote.
If there is anything we can do in the clerk’s office to make it easier for you to cast your ballot, please let me know. Or if you have any questions, please call me at 435-843-3148 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for voting.
Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk.