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Early voting starts Tuesday
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Managing Editor

BOUNTIFUL — Early voting starts in all cities across the county except Woods Cross next Tuesday.

“Woods Cross has said they’re small enough to opt out of early voting,” said Davis County Elections Manager Brian McKenzie.

 This year’s voting focuses on municipal elections: that is, city council and mayor seats. No county positions are up for election.

Individual cities will handle the operation of their own elections, McKenzie said.

“The county Clerk/Auditor’s Office will tabulate all of the results,” he said. In addition, that office will supply all voting machines and training for election poll workers.

Most cities will have one or two voting booth/machines set up. Each city will conduct its voting at one location, McKenzie said.

No voting machines will be set up at the county administration building. Farmington voters can go their city hall, he said.

“We have to stay completely independent, as we are doing, in this election,” County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.

“We are only doing this by contract,” he said. That refers to providing the machines and training of city voting judges and poll workers.

City clerks say they like having the county handle the mechanics of training workers and supplying the machines. The county also will collect all the election results, compiling them as received from each city.

“We have been able to do the primary elections in the past for between $18,000 and $20,000,” Bountiful City Recorder Kim Coleman.

He said the cost for this primary election was about $17,000, including legal advertising costs.

  “It has freed up our staff. We had to cover everything with our internal staff here,” Coleman said. “It really has been a nice move to free up the staff. Even if we broke even, it’s really a win.”

The County Clerk/Auditor’s Elections Division now handles those duties.

There will be no vote-by mail option for this election. That’s despite discussion earlier this year by at least  Sunset and Syracuse, McKenzie said.



What you need to know:


• Monday, Oct. 21 by 5 p.m. is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election. It must be in-person at the County Clerk’s Office,  68 S. Main Street, Farmington,

• If you voted in the 2012 election or this year’s primary, you don’t need to re-register – unless you’ve moved or changed your name.

 • Early voting on-line voter registration must be completed by Monday and can be done by visiting http://elections.utah.gov/ and then selecting “Register to Vote.”

• Each city, but Woods Cross, will provide early voting. In all other cities, check your city website or call your city hall for details.

• In Bountiful, for example, early voting will take place at city hall, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1-5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25, 7 a.m.-noon.   

 

* For voting on General Election Day Nov. 5, cities will operate Vote Centers. They provide a centralized location where voters can several precincts can vote. In Bountiful’s case, there will be 17 such centers.

• Check with your city on voter center information.

 tbusselberg@davisclipper.com
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