More and more mail-in ballots expected in Cache County

Cache County residents are starting to get used to the idea that they will be voting by mail in the upcoming November 4 general election.

County Clerk Jill Zollinger says voting by mail is becoming more and more common and there are actually several advantages. She says most people like the idea of being able to study the ballot prior to the voting day.

“That’s one of the nice things, I think, about having this ballot mailed to you,” explains Zollinger. “You can look it over, you can research candidates that you may not know information about.

“There will be three constitutional amendments on our ballot this time. It gives people time to look at the information that they need to figure out before they actually vote their ballot.”

Zollinger says one reason voting by mail is a good idea is that the electronic voting machines are wearing out. She says they are getting harder and harder to replace and very expensive.

Logan Mayor Craig Petersen says he likes the idea of voting by mail, something many other communities have been doing for years.

“When I ran for election last year the turnout was 15% of registered voters. That’s what it always is in that type of election,” Petersen says. “This year I think it will be 40%. I think mail-in voting has the high likelihood of possibly doubling that.

“In fact, down at the (League of Cities and Counties) meetings they had a session on this and they actually showed what had happened in Utah communities. What they observed was in many cases voter turnout did double and there were really no security concerns.”

Petersen says money will be saved especially by not having to set up polling places. The mayor says the only criticism he has heard so far is that some people look at going to vote as a “social event” and they will miss that experience.

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