If you voted in the Nov. 7 general election for Moab City Mayor and Moab City Council, you can count yourself among the majority — as more than 75 percent of registered voters cast ballots by mail, according to the official canvass certified by the Moab City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
According to Moab City Recorder Rachel Stenta, the turnout of 75.6 percent is the “highest voter turnout on record for the city” as 1,815 of the 2,402 registered voters turned out. The all-time low for voter turnout in the past 25 years came during the 2005 mayoral election when only 706 voters — just shy of 16 percent — cast ballots.
“Canvassing of by-mail elections is slightly different from previous elections, and this election was administered for the city by the Grand County Clerk’s Office,” Stenta wrote in a memo to the council. “The Grand County Clerk’s Office verified and processed all ballots through Election Day and has additionally processed a total of 42 countywide ballots — 20 of which were eligible provisional ballots since Election Day. Of these 42 additional ballots, 17 ballots were from city voters and 15 provisional ballots were from City voters.”
Stenta added that countywide six ballots were rejected as either unsigned or signatures did not match and six ballots were postmarked after Nov. 6, making them invalid. Countywide there was a total of 25 provisional ballots used, with five being invalid and a total of 20 being counted after Election Day, 15 of which were from city voters.