Expected Low Voter Turnout Means Utahns’ Votes Go Further

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It’s Election Day in Utah, and in an off-off year, unfortunately, that means voter turnout is expected to be low. That means the decisions made today on major issues like mayoral races and multi-million dollar bonds will be in the hands of very few. 

This year’s “off year” election means that there are no high profile races for offices such as the President, Governor, or even State House or State Senate races to fill the airwaves—but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t several important issues on the ballot.

Several cities have city council and mayor’s races, including the contentious race for West Valley City Mayor.  In that race, former state lawmaker and budget administrator Ron Bigelow is going up against West Valley City Councilwoman Karen Lang. The one major issue separating the two is how to deal with that city’s embattled police department in light of corruption allegations and the botched Susan Powell investigation.

Those who live in the Jordan School District also have a large bond to decide upon.  The bond, which will cost $495 Million total, will cost the average homeowner $10 a year per $100,000 on their home. Supporters contend that the money is needed for school improvement and expansion, while the opposition claims the price-tag is simply too high.

Most cities across the state have elections for city council, and the majority of cities in Salt Lake County have contested elections for Mayor. Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Sandy, South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, West Jordan and West Valley City will all be electing mayors today. Outside of the Valley, communities electing new mayors include Bountiful, Logan, Park City, Provo, Tooele and St. George.

Terms for all elected officials will begin in January. To learn who is on your ballot,click here. Polls will close at 8:00 PM

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