The election whirlwind started early this time, even before the end of 2015. If you’ve managed to keep out of the fray, you haven’t been watching television, Facebook, being asked to sign petitions, or the many other things that are going on.
As with every presidential election year, the campaigning begins early and gets louder and louder as the election gets closer.
While the presidential race is getting the most attention, there are other offices up for election this year. In 2016 we have the following offices open:
• Federal level: U.S. President and Vice President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives — 2nd Congressional District.
• State level: Attorney General, Auditor, Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, and State House of Representatives.
• County level: Commissioner and Attorney.
Filing dates began March 11 and run through March 17, 2016.
• County Board of Education: Districts one, two, three and four.
Filing began Jan. 4, 2016 and runs through March 17, 2016.
• Judicial: District Court (nine judges), Juvenile Court (four Judges), Justice Court (one judge consisting of Stockton -Rush Valley Justice Court).
Filing dates begin April 1, 2016 and run until April 15, 2016.
With all of the interest in the presidential election and the presidential primary elections that have been happening all over the country, we have had a number of calls from voters wanting to cast their vote for president. The Legislature discussed holding a presidential primary election in the legislative session last year, but it was never funded, therefore no election. The last time a presidential primary election was held in Utah was in 2008. The turnout was about 34 percent and the cost about $685,000. Elections aren’t cheap!
The Lt. Governor’s Office has created a video explaining the new process for getting on the primary election ballot. It is informative and done well. If you would like to view it, please follow this link: www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/Elections.htm and click on “Introducing Utah’s New Primary Election Process.”
After watching that video, I know you’ll be excited to attend your party’s caucus meeting. The meetings will be held Tuesday, March 22 — Republicans at 7 p.m. and Democrats at 6 p.m. You can get more information, including the locations, by contacting the parties.
Republican Party — Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democratic Party — Email: RickPollock@tooeledemocrats.org. Call: 435-277-0336.
Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk and Auditor