It’s still July, but registered voters in Tooele City and Stansbury Park have started to receive ballots in the mail for the Aug. 13 primary election.
Those ballots can be marked and returned at anytime, according to Tooele County Clerk Marilyn Gillette.
Only registered voters in Tooele City and Stanbury Park were mailed a ballot because only Tooele City Council and the Stansbury Service Agency Board had enough candidates file to require a primary election, according to Gillette.
Eligible voters who are not registered may register to vote either online at vote.utah.gov or in person at the County Clerk’s office up to seven days before the election.
Voters who miss the registration deadline may register to vote on Election Day at a polling location, according to Gillette.
Registering to vote on Election Day requires a valid picture ID and proof of address, like a utility bill, if their address is different than the address on the ID, according to Gillette.
Details on the ID requirement for voting or registering to vote may be found on the County Clerk’s website at www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk.htm.
Citizens can check their voter registration status, including address, at the state voter information website, vote.utah.gov.
Ballots may be returned in person, either at the County Clerk’s Office or at a polling location on election day.
Voters may also drop their ballots in one of the drop boxes located in Tooele City or Stansbury Park.
Those drop boxes are located at the south side of the Tooele County Building near the former entrance to the sheriff’s department, at Tooele City Hall next to the drive up bill pay drop box, and in front of the EnergySolutions office in the Stansbury Village Shopping Center at 500 E. Village Boulevard.
Voters may also return their ballots by mail, as long as they are postmarked by the day before the election.
Voters can check the status of their ballot at vote.utah.gov, where they can track their ballot as as it goes through the process of being received, validated and counted.
Gillette said a new signature verification machine will be used for the primary election, as a result ballots will be scanned and marked as received starting July 29.
The signature verification machine helps the clerk’s office validate the signature of the voter on the outside of the ballot, which the clerk’s office uses to make sure nobody votes more than once and that ballots counted were actually cast by the registered voter.
If the clerk’s office cannot match the signature on a ballot to one of the sample signatures on file, the clerk’s office reaches out to the registered voter to verify the ballot before it is counted.
After a ballot is verified the signature part is separated from the ballot itself, maintaining the anonymity of the voter, according to Gillette.
Voters can go to the county clerk’s website, www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk.htm, and click on the “Elections” tab at the top to find information on early voting, poll locations, and candidate profiles.