Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 8, 2013
There is a reason as to how names appear on every election ballot

Ballot Position List: Have you ever wondered what rules are followed to determine which names go first on a ballot?  In 2011 the Utah Legislature passed a bill that created a “Master Ballot Position List” or random selection. Before each general election (every 2 years), the 26 characters of the alphabet are entered into an Excel spreadsheet where the program “scrambles” the list. The results of the scrambled list are then sent to each county clerk for use in the next two elections. So even though there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the way the names are listed on the ballot, there is, and it’s the legislature’s way!

Grantsville Primary Election: The Grantsville City Primary Election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13. All voting will take place at the Grantsville Fire Station. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Valid Voter ID is required for everyone. Please remember this election is for Grantsville City residents only. Those living outside the Grantsville City limits will not be able to vote in this election.

If you will not be in town on Aug. 13, you may fill out a Vote By Mail form. Once that is received in my office, we will get the ballot in the mail the same day. Vote By Mail ballots must be postmarked back to the county by midnight, Aug. 12. There will be no Early Voting for this election.  Unfortunately, Absentee Voting cannot be done in my office because it is outside the municipal boundaries. So other than voting on election day, voting a “Vote By Mail” ballot is your only other choice.

Town Hall Meeting: The last “Town Hall Meeting” will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Tooele High School Auditorium.  It is located directly behind Tooele High School, 301 W. Vine. Start time is 7 p.m. and they usually run for two hours.  Even if you’ve already attended one of the meetings, you may be interested to see the updated version of the “Financial Recovery Plan.” The tax increase has gone from 82 percent to 66.41 percent, which equates to $73.01 per year or $6.08 per month on a $150,000 house. The increase for a $150,000 business will be $132.75 per year or $11.06 per month.

The Truth in Taxation meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Deseret Peak Complex Conference Center at 7 p.m.

Thanks for voting and for your questions!


Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk

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