Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 1, 2020
The election is coming quickly

Referendum results and ballot information 

Referendums: The final numbers for the referendum petition on Ordinance 2020-16 (The Temple referendum) can be found at tooeleco.org/your government/clerk/petition/petition certification letter.  The report is rather lengthy, but if you go to the back page, you will see the final numbers. While the total number of signatures required for this referendum, 2,445 was attained, the total number required in each council district was not achieved.

There is a list of all of the valid signatures on the Clerk’s website from this petition at  tooeleco.org under “Your Government” > “Clerk” > “Elections and Voter Information” > “Petitions” > “Petition Signers.” Some signers have noticed that their name is not on the list while they did sign the petition. There are a couple of reasons for that: 1) The signature may not have matched any of the ones we have on file for that voter; 2) with previous petitions, if they were registered anywhere in Tooele County, their signature would count, however, with the new council districts, the law now requires that the address the signer puts on the petition must match the address we have on file; 3) some of the signers came up in the removable file — this means they have moved from somewhere, probably outside of Tooele County, but have not reregistered in Tooele County; 4) the last and very important reason is that the voter has asked that their voter registration be kept private. Those who have made this request will not have their name show up on any public listing.

Those of you whose email addresses we have were sent a Proposition Information Pamphlet on Ordinance 2020-14 last week. This is a different referendum which can be viewed at www.tooeleco.org/your government/petition/ordinance 2020-14.

Elections: We are working diligently to get the ballot ready for printing next month. We have received a number of phone callers concerned with whether they will get their general election ballot in time to get mailed back to the clerk’s office in time. The law will not allow us to mail the ballots earlier than 21 days before the election. With Election Day being Nov. 3, 2020, that puts that date at Oct. 13, 2020. The US Post Office has assured us that they will get the ballots out as quickly as possible. This is very important to them, as it is to us. If you are concerned about mailing your ballot back, please use the ballot boxes around the county. They are always in the same place. For a list and location, please go to tooeleco.org under “Your Government” > “Clerk” > “Where Do I Vote” > “Ballot Drop Box Maps.”

The ballot for the November election is going to be 19 inches front and back. Receiving your ballot three weeks early gives you the time and opportunity to research the candidates, the seven constitutional amendments, two referendums, one incorporation, and the school bond. If you have not received your ballot by Oct. 26, please call. As you can see, this is a very important election in many aspects. You can begin doing some research at vote.utah.gov. It’s coming quickly!  

If you have any questions, please contact me at mgillette@tooeleco.org or 435-843-3140.

Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk.

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