The weather outside may not look much like fall, but the hubbub in the Tooele County Clerk’s office is a sure sign that elections are on their way. Normally, odd year elections are held for municipalities and special service districts. This year, however, it will be a county-wide election.
So what makes this election different? The Tooele County commissioners have placed a Local Option Sales Tax on the ballot (Proposition #1). Also on the ballot is a bond proposition by the Tooele County School District (Proposition #2).
These two items make it a county-wide election, as well as a municipal or special service district election. That means everyone in the county will be able to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election. To see your sample ballot, please go to the clerk’s website under “Ballots.”
Detailed information on both propositions can be found on the clerk’s website under “Ballot Issues/Voter Information Sheets.” In fact, there is a wealth of information to be found on the clerk’s website under the elections tab.
There you can see your sample ballot, read candidate profiles (for those who have provided them), read the candidate financial forms (the first will be uploaded a week before the General Election), check out the Early Voting schedule and locations, and see which polling location is closest to your work or home, etc.
You can also find this information at vote.utah.gov. Here you will be asked for your house number, street address and birthdate. Some people don’t like to provide all that information, so the same information is available on the clerk’s website.
For those of you whose precinct is all Vote-By-Mail, or who have applied for a By-Mail ballot, look for your ballot this week in the mail. You will note that it is in a different envelope. I hope the instructions are self explanatory. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call my office.
If you currently go to the polls to vote, but would prefer to vote a paper ballot that is mailed to your home about two weeks before the election, please go to the clerk’s website under “Vote By-Mail” on the left. You may submit the application by email, fax or regular mail. The first time you will be required to submit a copy of your driver license. After that, each election you will receive your ballot in the mail for each election you are eligible to vote in.
The voted ballot must be postmarked back to the county by the day before the election. This gives you time to study the issues without pressure to hurry and vote. It also takes the worry out of what the weather will be like on Election Day, how long the lines may be, and makes it easier if you have trouble getting to the polls for any other reason.
If you have any questions, or do not have access to the Internet, please call my office at 435-843-3140 and I will be happy to mail the information directly to you. The clerk’s office website address is co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/elections.htm.