While a lot of people don’t get excited about off-year elections, that doesn’t make them any less important.
Elections this year in Sevier County are limited to four communities that are having municipal elections for city/town council positions as well as a bond election, which is on the ballot for everyone in the county.
That is of course, everyone in the county who is registered to vote.
Those who are not registered to vote won’t appear on voter rolls, won’t receive a ballot in the mail and may be in jeopardy of not having their vote count at all.
Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to register to vote in the state of Utah.
Voting registration can be completed online at vote.utah.gov. Those who don’t have Internet access or who have questions about their registration can complete it in person at the Sevier County Clerk’s Office, 250 North Main Street in Richfield. The staff at the clerk’s office would be happy to help anyone answer questions and complete their registration.
The deadline for voter registration is Monday, Oct. 21, if one wants to receive a ballot in the mail.
Those who miss the deadline can still register to vote, even on Election Day. Voters can register at one of three polling locations in the county the day of the election. However, those who register on Election Day will have their ballots counted provisionally until the official canvass of the election.
Sevier County went to a ballot by mail process in 2014 with the goal of delivering a ballot to every registered voter’s address in the county. The simple ballot can be filled out and dropped back in the mail with no cost to the recipient. The goal is to improve voter turnout, especially in off-year elections, which don’t have the benefit of a cacophony of constant national media coverage.
Ballots are scheduled for mailing Tuesday, Oct. 15. There will also be early voting in the Sevier County Clerk’s Office Tuesday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 1, for those who prefer to cast their ballots in person.
No matter how one votes, it’s important that people take the time to do so. Local community leadership is vital, and has an immediate effect on the lifestyle of residents.
This year’s bond election concerning a community development center to be shared between Snow College, Sevier County and Richfield City will also have an effect on the future of the region for generations to come.