Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 26, 2021
Lake Point ballot delivery delayed by post office

Most voters registered in municipalities in Tooele County received their ballots in the mail shortly after they were delivered  by the printer to the post office around Oct. 12.

But ballots for voters in the proposed city of Lake Point were temporarily delayed for a while, apparently lost by the post office.

“We noticed that as we started to get ballots returned by voters that there were none from Lake Point precincts,” said Tracy Shaw, Tooele County Clerk. “We also heard from some Lake Point residents that they had not received their ballots.”

Shaw said she verified that ballots were printed for the voters and delivered to the post office by the printer.

After a few days when no ballots showed up in Lake Point voters mail boxes, Shaw said she contacted the post office and the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office elections office.

“I told them we had 1,400 ballots for voters in Lake Point that had not been delivered,” she said.

After several conversations with the post office and the Lieutenant Governor’s office, somebody in Washington D.C. got involved and the post office located the ballots, Shaw said.

The Lake Point ballots were different from the other ballots for Tooele County because they contained a map of the proposed boundaries for the city, according to Shaw.

“That’s the only reason I can think of for why they were separated from the rest of the ballots for the county,” she said.

The ballots were delivered to Lake Point voters on Oct. 23.

Shaw said that the clerk’s office had received some ballots back from Lake Point.

Ballots may be mailed to voters up until Oct. 26. If the missing Lake Point ballots were not located, Shaw would have needed to “spoil” the ballots — a process that would cause them to be rejected and not counted if they were returned to the clerk’s office — and then print and mail all new ballots to Lake Point voters by Oct. 26.

“That would have been very costly and time consuming,” she said.

In order to accommodate Lake Point voters, due to the shorter period to mark and return their ballots, Shaw will go to Lake Point Park, with at least one other person, on Thursday, Oct 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to operate temporary drop boxes to collect ballots.

“This way Lake Point voters won’t have to drive very far to return their ballots, if they want to drop them off,” Shaw said.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked before — not on    Nov. 2.

Ballots can be dropped 24 hours a day any time before 8 p.m. on Nov 2 at one of the regular unmanned secure drop box locations: in Stansbury Park, near Ditta Café; at Grantsville and Tooele City halls and in the parking lot on the east side of the Tooele County Administrative Building.

In person voting for voters that did not receive a ballot will be conducted on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the  Deseret Peak Complex or at the Tooele County Administration  Building.

As a reminder for Lake Point voters, the map insert included with your ballot is incorrect.  View the updated proposed map at https://voteinfo.utah.gov/lakepoint/.

 

Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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