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2017 Elections VOTE BY MAIL

IMPORTANT DATES:
August 8 Last Day a Voter May Register to Vote
August 15 Primary Election
October 31 Last Day a Voter May Register to Vote
November 7 General Election

 

WHY DID THE CITY SWITCH TO VOTE BY MAIL?
Historically, Spanish Fork City’s voter turnout for municipal elections has been very low. Some Utah Communities that have switched to vote by mail have seen their voter turnout more than double. Vote By Mail is an effort to get more residents involved in making important community decisions. Vote By Mail will remove many of the inconveniences of Election Day such as standing in long lines or leaving work. You will now be able to vote in the comfort of your own home with candidate information easily accessible so that you can make an informed decision when casting your ballot.

WHEN WILL I GET MY BALLOT?
Ballots are mailed approximately 21 days before an election. Ballots cannot be forwarded by the post office, so make sure the county has your correct address by visiting vote.utah.gov.

HOW TO I SUBMIT MY BALLOT?
There will be NO regular polling places. Please use the ballot that is mailed to you. Spanish Fork City will cover the cost of postage so you won’t need a stamp to cast your vote. After filling out your ballot, just put it in the provided envelope, sign in the appropriate space, seal and mail it back. You may also personally deliver your ballot to the City Recorder’s Office at 40 South Main Street. Mailed ballots MUST be postmarked by the day before the election, or may be delivered in person to the Election Service Center the day of the election.

WHAT IF I DID NOT RECEIVE A BALLOT?
If you didn’t receive a ballot in the mail, you will need to request one from Utah County Elections Office. If you have not received a ballot by election day, come to the Election Service Center and you can vote provisionally by presenting valid identification and proof of residency.

WHAT IF I WANT TO VOTE IN PERSON?
There will be one Election Service Center location for all of Spanish Fork at the Senior Citizen Center, 167 West Center Street, on August 15 & November 7. Please bring your mailed ballot with you if you choose to come vote at the Election Service Center. If you do not bring your ballot, you will be required to vote provisionally so that election officials can verify that your mailed ballot was not already submitted.

WHAT ABOUT VOTER PRIVACY?
Your ballot remains sealed while your signature is verified by trained election officials. The signature stub is then removed. Then, a second team of election workers opens the envelope, removes the ballot, and feeds it into the optical counting machine to record your vote.

WHAT ABOUT VOTER FRAUD?
While there is a chance of voter fraud in every election regardless of casting method, studies show that vote by mail is safe and secure. A team of trained poll workers will make sure your signature matches your official voter registration signature on record with Utah County and other official documents.

 

This news article was originally posted on July 7, 2017

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