Yes, the primary is almost upon us! You may not have thought about it, because you are waiting for your vote-by-mail ballot to show up. However, you should have received your ballot almost 3 weeks ago. If you received yours, great. Hopefully, you have already mailed it. If not, do find it, vote, and submit it. It can be mailed, so long as it is postmarked no later than Monday. Alternatively, it can be hand delivered to any one of the following locations on Monday:
Location Address Normal Hours
Cache County Clerk's Office 179 N Main, Ste 102, Logan 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hyde Park City Office 113 E Center, Hyde Park 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hyrum City Office 60 W Main Street, Hyrum 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Logan City Office 290 N 100 W, Logan 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Nibley City Office 455 W 3200 S, Nibley 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
North Logan City Office 2076 N 1200 E, North Logan 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Providence City Office 15 S Main, Providence 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Richmond Community Building 6 W Main, Richmond 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Smithfield City Office 96 S Main, Smithfield 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
USU Taggart Student Center Room 326 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wellsville City Office 75 E Main, Wellsville 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
If you lost the ballot, the voting rules are a bit murky!! You should be able to go to the Cache County Clerk’s office at 179 N. Main St. Suite 102, Logan, and ask for another ballot on Monday. You can definitely go to the Clerk’s office in person on Tuesday and vote. (See comments below about having ID.) Ask for the Democratic ballot. On Tuesday, the clerk’s office is open extra hours, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
However, we are learning about more and more people who have not received their ballots! In one case, half a family received their ballots and the other half did not. This should not have happened. In another case, the ballots arrived in today's mail. And they are supposed to be returned by Monday! If you did not receive a ballot, go to the Cache County Clerk’s office at 179 N. Main St. Suite 102, Logan, in person, on Tuesday and vote. (See comments below about having ID.) Ask for the Democratic ballot. If they claim you are not registered, you can register then and there. You will need the same ID as for voting.
Whether you vote or register and vote on Tuesday, you will be asked for ID. The simplest ID would be a Utah driver’s license with your current address. But almost anything issued by a governmental agency that has your current address and photo will suffice. If you don’t have that, you will need two documents with your name and current address. (A more detailed list is given at www.cachecounty.org/elections/voting-information.html.)
If you have questions about any of these procedures, call the Clerk’s office at (435) 755-1460.
If we seem a bit concerned about vote-by-mail, have a look at the following table. It gives the number of registered voter, the number of ballots received as of 10:00 am Friday, and the percentage of ballots to registered voters.
Registered Voters Voted Percentage
Democrats 4,009 462 11.5%
Unaffiliated 18,842 308 1.6%
Republicans 31,252 7,246 23.2%
To put these numbers into perspective, most of the votes for Democrats in a regular election come from unaffiliated voters. In addition, in this election, unaffiliated voters cannot vote for Republicans. If they vote, they have to vote in the Democratic primary. The above numbers show 10.6% of the total votes going to Democrats. Even for Cache County, that is a very small percentage. More typical numbers are between 20% and 40%.
What these numbers suggest, then, is that either Democrats are incredible slouches when it comes to voting in this primary or that something else is going on. Based on stories, such as the example given above, numbers such as those in the above table, as well as other factors, some people are suggesting that vote-by-mail is being used to suppress Democratic voter turnout.
What do we do about it? Fight. Given that this is an important primary and that the election is upon us, the first thing to do is vote-by-mail on Monday or in person on Tuesday. The second thing to do is email Vince if you did not get a ballot or have trouble voting. Explain what happened. If we are going to change anything (for the general election as well as future primaries), we need evidence.
If you have not done it already, go vote,