Utah County has received 50,000 ballots, and expects another 25,000
Anyone who plans to vote in the 2017 election only has a few more days to do so.
Election Day is Tuesday, but for those mailing in their ballots in this entirely vote-by-mail election, Monday is the last day it can be postmarked and still be counted.
Those who don’t get it sent in the mail can drop it off at a polling location, which can be easily found by entering the voter’s address at vote.utah.gov.
Utah County received approximately 50,000 ballots as of Thursday, or 22 percent of the total number of ballots sent out, said Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson.
A voter turnout of 30 to 35 percent is expected, meaning the county will likely receive another 20-25,000 ballots.
A total of 220,000 good ballots were sent out, Thompson said. Thompson expects voter turnout to be just a few percentage points ahead of percentages from the primary, when about 28 percent of voters returned their ballots.
Thompson anticipates a large number of those ballots to come in on Election Day, similar to what happened during the primary.
Thompson said that’s discouraging, considering issues the county had during the primary which led to delays in results, but he said the county is still ahead of where if was at this time before the primary.
A few improvements and adjustments made in processing and counting ballots are helping ensure that general election results won’t be as delayed as they were for the primary.
Thompson anticipates that all ballots should be counted and released by the Thursday following Election Day, with the exception of ballots that trickle in through the mail over the next few days.
All ballots received through Tuesday morning will be counted and released at 8 p.m. on Election Day, and ballots received late or that come in the mail on Wednesday will be released Thursday, Thompson said.
Thompson encouraged people to make sure they send in their ballots and be involved.
“It’s an important election, just like they all are,” Thompson said.
Among the issues on the ballots are multiple mayoral and city council races and the special election to choose a replacement for former Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who resigned his seat in June.