We have received a number of calls in the clerk’s office about when the by-mail ballots are going to be mailed. I’m thrilled that so many of you are anxious to take part in the process of electing our national, state and local leaders.
Legislation was passed in the 2012 legislative session pinpointing when the by-mail ballots must be mailed. Previous to this legislation, some counties were mailing vote-by-mail ballots 45 days before the election — the same time the military and overseas ballots went out — while other counties sent them out two weeks before the election. The legislation was to set a date by which all by-mail ballots must be sent out.
Why does it make a difference? Some candidates felt the counties that mailed the ballots out earlier were giving the candidates on their ballots an unfair advantage, and others were afraid if you sent the ballots out too soon voters would forget about or lose their ballots. So this was an effort to set a standard time frame for all counties to follow.
All ballots for vote-by-mail precincts will be mailed Tuesday, Oct. 9. All vote-by-mail applications for regular precincts received by Tuesday, Sept. 25, will also be mailed Tuesday, Oct. 9. Applications for vote-by-mail ballots received after Sept. 25 will be mailed within the week they are received.
All vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked back to the county by Monday, Nov. 5, to be counted.
The deadline to mail a voter registration form in for the Nov. 6 election is Tuesday, Oct. 9. You may register in person in the clerk’s office or online until Monday, Oct. 22. To register online, go to the clerk’s website www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/elections. htm, click on the “vote” button on the right side of the page. To register online, your voter registration information must match the information on your drivers license. If it does not, you can print the completed form and bring it in to the clerk’s office in person until the Oct. 22 deadline.
On a related topic, Miss Tooele County 2012, Abigail McNeil, will be holding a voter registration drive this Friday, Oct. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tooele City Walmart store. You will be able to register to vote, or sign up to vote by mail at this location.
If you have any questions, please call the clerk’s office (435-843-3140 ) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your country needs you. Vote.
Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County