We have received a number of calls wondering when the Vote By Mail Ballots will be sent. By law they must be mailed within 28 days before an election. In this case, the mailing date is Oct. 7.
Tooele County ballots will be in the mail this week. It is easy to tell when it is an election ballot or information. An election envelope has the official election mail logo on it. So please, don’t throw it away.
If you have trouble getting to the polls on Election Day, please consider voting by mail. The ballot will be sent to your home, you vote at your leisure, and mail it back by the day before the election. For this election, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3, 2014.
Another option is early voting. The schedule for early voting will be posted at polling locations, in the newspaper, on Facebook, and anywhere else I can think to put the information. Early voting begins on Tuesday, Oct. 21. For a list of dates and locations, please go to http://www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/pdf/earlyvoting.pdf. The ballot this year is six pages long for normal print and nine pages long for large print. That means it’s going to take voters longer at the machine, so be prepared.
Are you registered to vote? The Nov. 4 General Election deadlines are as follows: Oct. 6 is the deadline for mail-in registration forms and registration drives. Oct. 20 is the deadline to register in person at the clerk’s office or online registration to be able to early vote. Oct. 27 is the deadline to register in person at the clerk’s office and be able to vote on Election Day — but not eligible to Early Vote. Oct. 28 is the deadline to register online and to be able to vote on Election Day. Voter registration forms are available at http://www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/pdf/forms/mailinregistration.pdf , or you may go on line at vote.utah.gov to register.
There will be a “Meet the Candidates” night at Tooele Applied Technology College at 88 Tooele Boulevard at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.
Thanks for Voting!
Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk