BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre – June 23, 2020
Voters in Box Elder County hoping to cast their ballots in-person at polling stations for the June 30, Primary Election, may be disappointed this year as all counties in Utah have moved to a mail-in ballot system to help prevent further spreading of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
In April 2020, Utah lawmakers passed a bill that would require all Utah Primary Election voting to be done by mail-in only ballots. No polling stations, no same day voter registration and no in-person votes will be cast in the upcoming June 30 election.
Accommodations will be made for disabled voters in Utah. More information on those accommodations can be found HERE.
House Bill 3006 was passed by both the Utah State Legislature and the Utah Senate on April 16, 2020. The proceedings were done virtually, and all was aimed at protecting Utah citizens from further spreading of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
All mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2020. This year election workers will also have more time to count ballots to ensure safety guidelines are met for their protection.
Box Elder County mailed ballots on June 9, and all voter registrations and party affiliation changes must have been completed by June 19, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the June 30, Primary Election.
To accommodate those that need extra assistance on election day, a drive-thru location will be available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the back of the Box Elder County Courthouse (1 S. Main St., Brigham City) on June 30. Photo identification is required.
Box Elder County also has three 24-hour ballot drop boxes available June 9 to June 30, for voters wishing to utilize that service rather than mail-in their ballots. The locations of those ballot drop boxes are:
· Box Elder County Courthouse (1 S. Main St., Brigham City) at the rear of the building
· Box Elder County fairgrounds (342 W. 1000 N., Tremonton) at the front entrance
· Perry City offices (3005 S. 1200 W., Perry) at the front of the building
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While all major news agencies have been reporting in this year’s Presidential Election, on the local level voters will have several candidates to choose from when casting their votes in the Primary Election.
On the Republican party ballot, this year four candidates are vying for one spot on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot for Box Elder County Commission Seat C. These candidates are:
· Alden Farr
· Stan Summers
· Kris Udy
· Mitch Zundel
For more information on each of these candidates, click on the previously posted article at BRVNEWS.com here, NEWS - "A closer look at the candidates" - June 16, 2020
or watch the Box Elder County Commissioners Candidates' Debate from June 17, presented by BRVNEWS.com, Bear River Live and the Box Elder News Journal HERE.
Republican voters will also vote for one of the following four candidates vying for the Utah Governor:
· Thomas E. Wright (Rob Bishop Lt. Governor)
· Spencer J. Cox (Deidre Henderson Lt. Governor)
· Jon Huntsman Jr. (Michelle Kaufusi Lt. Governor)
· Greg Hughes (Victor Iverson Lt. Governor)
On the Republican ballot running for U.S. House District 1 includes:
· Katie Witt
· Bob Stevenson
· Blake David Moore
· Kerry W. Gibson
For U.S. Attorney General, Republican candidates are:
· Sean D. Reyes (Incumbent)
· David O. Leavitt
A Republican Party primary election sample ballot, provided by Box Elder County, can be found below or by clicking HERE.
This year’s Democratic Party doesn’t have quite as many Utahns running for political office on their ballot. Only one election is listed for Box Elder County Democratic Party primary ballot.
For U.S. House District 1, Democrats will vote for one of the following two candidates:
· Darren Parry
· Jamie Cheek
A Democratic Party primary election sample ballot, provided by Box Elder County, can be found below or by clicking HERE.
For more information, and links about Utah’s June 30 primary election, can be found below.