The canvassed results of the 2015 General Election have all been signed, bringing an end to the election. There were so many important issues on the ballots: board members on special service district boards, council members for entities, a bond for the school district and a tax to improve our roads.
I hope you took the opportunity to let your voice be heard by voting. The turnout percentage for this election was 29.4, compared to 21.9 for the 2013 Municipal General Election and 17.8 for 2011. Our numbers are going up!
For a look at the final canvass numbers and the precinct breakdown, please go to the clerk’s website at www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/elections.htm.
With this election completed, believe it or not it’s time to start on the 2016 elections. There are some significant changes to next year’s election. Candidates will now have two options for filing for office. They can go the traditional route by going through the party system. They can use the new system, collecting a specified number of signatures on a petition form from registered voters, or they can do both. The signature-gathering begins Jan. 4. Whichever direction the candidates decide to go, they will still be required to file for office and pay the filing fee in March.
Election officials will receive training for these changes in December. If you are an interested candidate, party member, or just would like to learn more about this new system, the State Election Office will hold trainings around the state.
For a list of the training times and locations, please go to the clerk’s website as listed above and read “2016 Election Information.” I will provide updates as I get more information. A list of offices that will be up for election in 2016 will be posted next week.
Board Openings: Tooele County accomplishes much of its work through volunteers, who serve on many boards. If you’re interested in serving, here are a few openings:
Lake Point Cemetery and Park District: 2 positions (must live in the district)
Rush Valley Water Conservancy District: 1 position (must live in the district)
Council on Aging: 1 position
Tooele County Planning Commission: 1 position
For more information on these boards or to download an application, please go to www.co.tooele.ut.us/boards-committees.htm. Applications are due by Dec. 10.