BALLOTS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BALLOTS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Judge orders do-over in Millard GOP commission race http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58301478-90/election-county-dyer-commission.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58301478-90/election-county-dyer-commission.html.csp">Judge orders do-over in Millard GOP commission race</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-16T11:32:11.204-06:00">Updated Aug 16, 2014 11:32AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A state judge has tossed out an election for the Millard County Commission and ordered a new Republican primary for the seat after finding enough examples of illegal votes in the June faceoff to cast doubt on the outcome of the incumbent’s five-vote win. Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock’s ruling — the first of its kind in recent memory — has left officials scratching their heads, however, since it appears state law does not give the judge the authority to order a new election. Jim Dyer app...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58301478@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:32:11 MDT Letter: Vote by mail needs more explanation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58258730-82/mail-vote-ballot-ballots.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58258730-82/mail-vote-ballot-ballots.html.csp">Letter: Vote by mail needs more explanation</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-05T09:26:02.178-06:00">Updated Aug 5, 2014 09:26AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Both major political parties in Utah are pushing for “vote by mail” (aka “mail-in-ballots”). This week I went to the office of our county clerk and discovered that there are no brochures that describe the process. I have the following concerns: 1. What is the process for counting the ballots? 2. How do we ensure the ballot is secret, and who sees the ballot? 3. How do we know that our vote is cast or counted? Any feedback? 4. How can we ensure that our ballots are received? Suppose the ballo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58258730@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:26:02 MDT Utah candidate wonders how he won by one, then lost by five votes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58157582-90/ballots-buhman-county-dyer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58157582-90/ballots-buhman-county-dyer.html.csp">Utah candidate wonders how he won by one, then lost by five votes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T19:40:52.275-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 07:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A Millard County Commission candidate who thought he’d won the Republican primary last month, only to learn he lost by five votes is questioning whether the ballot tally was on the level. Jim Dyer appeared to have eked out a one-vote win over incumbent James Withers, only to see the outcome flip at the final tally. County Clerk Norma Brunson said there were a number of provisional and absentee ballots — all legally cast — that were added to the final results, giving Withers a five-vote margin of...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58157582@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:40:52 MDT Editorial: It’s time for Utah voters to just mail it in http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58147225-82/mail-voters-turnout-county.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58147225-82/mail-voters-turnout-county.html.csp">Editorial: It’s time for Utah voters to just mail it in</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-06T10:26:35.731-06:00">Updated Jul 6, 2014 10:26AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On this Independence Day weekend, we honor those who broke from the English monarchy to establish a government “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Now if we could just get the governed to consent. Salt Lake County held a primary election last month, and not even 10 percent of registered voters participated. That turnout disappointed Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen, but she acknowledges the primary turnout has been below 7 percent before. Low turnout is not uni...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58147225@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:26:35 MDT Salt Lake County primary turnout below 10 percent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58143380-90/county-mail-primary-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58143380-90/county-mail-primary-election.html.csp">Salt Lake County primary turnout below 10 percent</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike Gorrell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T07:44:34.224-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 07:44AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The paltry turnout for the June 24 primary election provided more evidence that Salt Lake County is — or should be — headed toward vote-by-mail elections, in the view of longtime County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. “Voting by mail gives people more time to study the issues and study the candidates,” she told the County Council on Tuesday during its formal canvass of the primary election results. “And the turnout is greater.” Only 9.74 percent of the 435,000 registered voters in Salt Lake County cast b...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58143380@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:44:34 MDT