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Fewer polling stations will save money in primaries
by Tom Busselberg
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FARMINGTON — Primary elections don’t tend to draw tens of thousands to the polls.

For that reason, and with an eye to saving tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, the County Commission has approved a pared down list of primary polling places.

Voting places have been cut more than half, from 69 to 29, for the June 22 primary.

County Elections Director Pat Beckstead estimates the move will save about $40,000 – most of it in having to hire fewer polling workers and supplies.

“We will send out postcards to notify everyone of where they vote,” she said. “Some of our schools (normally used as polling stations) are experiencing construction (remodeling, expansion). There are a few we can’t get into.

“We still want to encourage people to vote on election day as well as in early voting or by mail,” Beckstead said.

Seventeen percent of registered voters took part in the 2006 primary, while only 7 percent cast ballots in the 2008 primary.

Early voting runs June 8 to June 18. The schedule includes:

• South Branch Library, Bountiful, June 8 and June 9, 4-8 p.m.; June 10, noon-4 p.m., June 11, 7-11 a.m., and Saturday, 2-6 p.m.

• Davis County Memorial Courthouse, 28 E. State Street, Farmington, Tuesday-Friday, June 8-11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Central Branch Library, Layton, June 8-9, Tuesday and Wednesday,. 4-8 p.m.; Thursday, June 10, noon-4 p.m., Friday, June 11, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, June 12, 2-6 p.m.

• Syracuse Community Center, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8-9, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, June 10, noon-4 p.m. and Friday, June 11, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, June 12, 2-6 p.m.

• South Branch Library, Monday, June 14, noon-4 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 16, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, June 17, 7-11 a.m., Friday, June 18, 1-5 p.m.

• Davis County Memorial Courthouse, Farmington, Monday-Friday, June 14-June 18, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Central Branch Library, Layton, Monday, June 14, Tuesday, June 15, noon-4 p.m.; Wednesday, June 16, 4-8 p.m.; Thursday, June 17, 7-11 a.m. and Friday, June 18, 1-5 p.m.

• Syracuse Community Center, Monday, June 14, noon-4 p.m., Tuesday, June 15 and Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, June 17, 7--11 a.m. and Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Registered voters can also request a ballot and it will be mailed.

For more information, call 801-451-3589 or visit the Clerk/Auditor’s websites, www.DavisCountyUtah.gov/clerkauditor/elections or DavisVotes.com.

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com
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