CEDAR HILLS — The City Council has unanimously voted to authorize the 2015 primary and general municipal elections to be conducted using vote by mail. All residents can vote using absentee ballots.
Cedar Hills will be the first city in Utah County to conduct a vote-by-mail election.
Last year, 10 counties in Utah conducted elections entirely by mail. According to a press release issued by the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office in 2014, these counties “increased the percentage of their voters who cast a ballot before Election Day to 49 percent.”
“Conducting an all vote-by-mail election will create an easy, accessible method for each registered voter to cast a ballot in this election,” said City Recorder Colleen Mulvey.
Mulvey added that a ballot box will be at the city office before and on Election Day for voters who wish to submit their ballot in person.
Every voter’s signature is compared to the signature in the state voter database. Also, return envelopes are designed to be secure and are kept in a locked box until Election Day, and, as with in-person voting, two election workers review the ballots and tally forms.
Also, voters generally receive their ballots four weeks prior to the election, giving them time to research candidates and issues.
An extensive information campaign will be implemented and detailed information will be sent to residents on how to vote by mail and what to expect for the upcoming election.