Election Day is August 10 for Grantsville, Tooele and some Erda City residents.
Only three of the five Erda districts are having a primary election, so don’t worry if you didn’t get a ballot — you will get one in November for the general election.
If you plan to mail your ballot to us, make sure it is postmarked by the day prior to Election Day, which would be August 9, or drop them in a ballot drop box on August 10 by 8 p.m.
If you didn’t get a ballot, need a ballot replacement or need other election day assistance, vote assistance centers are going to be open at the Deseret Peak Complex, the County Building or Stansbury High School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 10.
As we are in the middle of the election, day-to-day business continues. It has certainly not slowed down!
We are executing passports at record high levels. Did you know that passports are currently taking 18 weeks to process and return??!
If you have international travel plans for Christmas, now is the time to apply for a passport. Also, please don’t forget that you will need an appointment to apply for a passport, get a marriage license, or get married at the Clerk’s Office. At first glance, it may seem inconvenient to have to schedule an appointment, but there are many benefits to an appointment you might not have thought about.
Scheduling an appointment ensures that you are fully prepared for what you are wanting to accomplish. When you book online or speak directly to a staff member, we are able to let you know what documentation is required for passports, marriage licenses and marriage ceremonies. It allows us to review any special circumstances that you might have before you come to the office. This saves you time, helps us to increase our accuracy, and helps avoid repeat visits.
Appointments allow us to focus on you and your needs. If we make a mistake due to constant interruptions, your passport can be delayed, or worse, denied. We are able to give you our undivided attention. Appointments also allow you privacy. Much of the activities we do in the Clerk’s Office involve your personal information and when you and your party are the only ones here, we can keep that information safe and private.
Making an appointment also keeps you physically safe. Limiting the amount of people that we have in the office will help reduce the transmission of COViD-19. We realize things are relaxed and opening up, but cases are still increasing regardless of vaccination status. Safety of our customers and staff remains one of our highest priorities.
Appointments have allowed us to serve more people and be more efficient with our day-to-day tasks. We have a small office, and we are better able to optimize staff productivity when we have a more structured day.
Last, but certainly not least, we have a big transition happening in the Clerk’s Office. Marilyn Gillette is retiring on Aug. 16. It has been a pleasure to work with her — we have all learned so much from her. We will greatly miss her in our office and as constituents of the County. The Clerk’s Office staff wants to express our gratitude to Marilyn for her hard work and dedication to Tooele County!
Thank you, Marilyn!
Tenille Tingey is the Chief Deputy Clerk for Tooele County.