Ballots for primary going out this week

MANTI—Voters in eight Sanpete County cities should start receiving ballots Wednesday for the municipal primary, which is coming up Aug. 10.

Sanpete County Clerk Sandy Neill said Monday that her office planned to put 7,832 ballots in the mail the next day for primaries in Centerfield, Gunnison, Fairview, Mayfield, Mt. Pleasant, Moroni, Manti and Spring City.

If you received a ballot in the mail in the 2020 general election, you’re still registered, Neill says. But if you registered late for the 2020 election, received a provisional ballot and want to verify your registration status, you can reach the clerk’s office at 835-2131, ext. 5. Or go to vote.utah.gov.

The last day to register for the primary, either on line or in person, is Friday, July 30. The clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to noon that day. “But don’t wait until the last day,” Neill advises.

If your driver’s license shows your local address, your license is the only ID you need to register, Neill says. If the address on your license is different from your current address, you need a utility bill or other proof of your current address.

You must live within the boundaries of one of the eight towns above in order to vote in the primary. Residents of unincorporated areas won’t be voting this year.

If you don’t register by July 30, you can still cast a provisional ballot in the primary by coming into the clerk’s office during business hours or coming in on Election Day up to 8 p.m.

The primary-election ballot will be like other ballots: You will color in circles to select your candidates.

In some municipal elections in recent years, ballots have been hand counted. “The ballots will be machine counted this year,” Neill says. “It’s a much faster method. It should go really smoothly.”

The Sanpete Messenger will run short profiles of candidates over the next three weeks, beginning with Manti this week.