Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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    No ballot drop-offs in Grand County this June, except where ADA requires it

    Election officials strongly encourage mail-in voting, reaffirm its safety

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    Grand County election officials are encouraging voters to send their ballots back via mail rather than dropping ballots off at the county courthouse. Graphic by Carter Pape

    Grand County election officials encourage all Moabites to mail in their ballots for primary elections this summer, in lieu of dropping off ballots on or before election day at the county offices, as a safety measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As the country considers the health, logistical and political impacts of mail-in voting in a leadup to the 2020 election, Utah and four other western states already have existing infrastructure for mail-in voting as the default method for ballot-casting, in which voters receive their ballots by mail and have the option, typically, of mailing it back or dropping it off at an official location.

    For this year’s primary election, Utah will lean heavily on its existing mail-in voting infrastructure. While drive-up locations for ballot drop-offs will be permitted around the state during the primaries, they will not be available in Grand County, according to Grand County Clerk-Auditor Quinn Hall, because it lacks the capacity to do so. Additionally, the typical drop-off location at the county courthouse will be closed to the public.

    Instead, voting in Grand County will happen almost exclusively via mail during the 2020 primaries. Voters registered as Democrats or as Republicans will automatically receive their respective primary ballots. Unaffiliated voters will be mailed notices that allow them to select which primary ballot — if any — they want to receive.

    The Grand County Courthouse will not be open for ballot drop-offs during this summer’s primary election. Photo by Carter Pape

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