Wave Editorial 08/09/17
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Wave’s editorial position:

Election Woes

The Issue:

Issues with this year’s Primary Election ballots

We Suggest:

Go back to Election Day and Early Voting in Person

This year’s Primary Election has been fraught with problems - and it’s not even Election Day yet.

As we’ve reported the past few weeks in the Wave, there have been issues with the mail-in ballots of many residents. Problems include many voters not receiving the correct ballot and others not getting their ballot in a timely fashion.

While we understand many of the benefits of Wasatch County going to a mail-in ballot form of voting including an increase of voter participation, we wonder if the County should revert to the tried and true method of “in-person” Election Day and early voting.

According to Wasatch County Manager, Mike Davis, many of the issues that this election has seen thus far could have been caught and remedied on the spot at an “in-person” polling location.

Mail-in ballots, while somewhat convenient, are much more impersonal than interacting with your fellow townsfolk on Election Day.

Remember standing in line catching up with your neighbors while waiting for your chance to vote?

Remember wearing your “I Voted” sticker with pride on Election Day?

Remember how the addition of early voting made it easier to cast your ballot when it was convenient for you?

Remember when there weren’t nearly the number of issues of ballots lost in the mail; ballots received in the mail that weren’t printed with the correct races for your precinct; and ballots that weren’t received within a specified timeframe?

We do too.
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