Davis County is trying a vote-by-mail system for the primary election this spring and the general election in the fall.
Voters in Davis County received letters last week telling them about the changes. Election Manager Brian McKenzie says ballot packets will be mailed out 28 days before each election. When they come back, they’ll be verified using a bar code and by comparing the voter’s signature to their registration forms.
Voter turnout in Utah has dropped dramatically in recent elections, and a new study by the Utah Foundation looks at some of the reasons why.
In the presidential election of 1992, 67% of Utah's registered voters took part, while only about 50% turned out in 2008. A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation suggests fewer close races and barriers to voter participation such as the state's closed Republican primary could be among the reasons. Research director Morgan Lyon Cotti says the strident partisanship of recent years also plays a part.