You know the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Well, we’ve discovered that “Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not!”
The Primary Election is in five days. Have you mailed in your ballot, or put it in an Official Ballot Box? The primary election is an opportunity for members of the Republican Party to choose the candidate they want to represent them and the party in the November election. Talk about having an influence.
Of the 12,764 ballots sent out, 3,034 have been returned for a 24-percent return rate. Truly, are we going to let 24 percent of the members of the Republican party decide who will represent us in this election? No matter who you are supporting, let your voice be heard. Remember our slogan, “Your vote is your voice. … Speak up!
Here’s a couple of issues that we have seen since the ballots were mailed: A few voters have had their mailed ballots returned to them rather than coming to our office. After talking to the Postmaster at the Tooele Post Office, we have had few occurrences. He has asked his staff to watch that this doesn’t happen, even though it’s a machine that causes it, and they have done an excellent job.
Also, some of the ballots do not have the signature line printed on them. It just has a blank space where the signature line should be. Many of you have gone ahead and signed in the blank space, while some have not signed at all. For those of you who did not sign the affidavit on your ballot, you will be receiving a letter in the mail from me, with a signature box for you to sign. We cannot count your ballot without your signature.
It also includes a place for a phone number or email address, so if we have a problem with your ballot we can contact you. I have talked to the printer about this problem to make sure it doesn’t happen in the General Election.
The “Official Ballot Boxes” have been a great success with over 500 ballots being returned this way. Some people have been confused and thought the boxes were inside buildings. They are outside and placed strategically so that you can drive by and put your ballot inside. Please make sure that you push the ballot in until it drops in the box.
Here’s a few reminders: “Official Ballot Boxes” are located behind the Tooele County building in the alley; south of Tooele City Hall, next to the utility payment box; east of Grantsville City Hall, in the parking lot, next to the utility payment box; and in Stansbury Park in the Stansbury Village Shopping Center at 500 Village Blvd. at the far west side of the Energy Solutions/Anytime Fitness strip mall. There are also some mail boxes in the parking lot and the ballot box is with them.
The last day for Early Voting will be Friday, June 22 at the Tooele County Clerk’s office, 47 S. Main, Tooele, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To Early Vote, you will be required to surrender the ballot you received in the mail to the poll worker, who will give you a paper ballot to vote. If you do not bring the ballot you received in the mail to surrender, you will be required to fill out a provisional ballot form and then receive your paper ballot.
There will be four polling locations on Election Day: The Tooele County building, 47 S. Main, Tooele, basement auditorium; Middle Canyon Elementary, 751 E. 1000 North, Tooele; Grantsville Fire Station, 26 N. Center St., Grantsville; and Stansbury High School, 5300 Aberdeen Lane, Stansbury Park. Again, please bring the ballot you received in the mail to surrender.
If you are registered as unaffiliated and did not affiliate with the Republican Party by the May 29 deadline, you still have an opportunity to do so. Either at Early Voting or on Election Day, you can fill out an affiliation form and vote the Republican Party ballot. The deadline for changing from another party to Republican has passed.
Please remember if you plan on mailing your ballot, it must be mailed by 5 p.m. Monday, June 25. You can still place your ballot in any ballot box until 8 p.m. Election night, take it to a polling location, or bring it to the Clerk’s Office any time until 8 p.m. Election night.
For information on the candidates, please go to the Clerk’s website at www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/Election.htm.
Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk/Auditor