Bountiful City Election Information
City of Bountiful Election Information
Notice of Municipal ELECTION
The City of Bountiful will hold a Municipal General Election on November 7, 2017. Offices to be voted upon are Mayor and two (2) City Council members (4 year term each). The candidate filing period will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, between June 1 and June 7, 2017. All candidates must file in person in the City Recorder’s office (790 South 100 East, Bountiful, Utah). Candidates must meet the following qualifications: 1. Be a United States citizen; 2. Be a registered voter of the City; 3. Be a resident of Bountiful City for at least 365 consecutive days immediately preceding the date of the election; and 4. Not be a convicted felon, unless their right to hold elective office has been restored.
The primary election, if necessary, will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
Utah Code Annotated §10-3-301
(ACTUAL LOCATIONS AND PRECINCT ASSIGNMENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
In 2015, the City will contract with the Davis County Clerk’s Office for electronic election services. We will also utilize Vote Centers as we did during our 2013 Election. A Vote Center combines a number of precincts into one central location, thereby reducing costs for our citizens. Using electronic check-in and voting equipment, we can more quickly process voters and end-of-day results as well. Each voter will be assigned to a Vote Center according to his or her precinct location. However, you may vote at any of the four available Vote Centers during our election. If you vote at other than your assigned center, the process will be a tiny bit slower, but you will likely not notice a lot of difference. It merely provides a bit more work for those who process the results at the end of the day, as the computer must cross-check for any duplicate voting at multiple locations. The table below indicates each regular precinct and the Vote Center location where citizens of each precinct will vote. If you need to know your precinct number, you may go to the Voter Information website at http://www.elections.utah.gov/.
|Regular Precinct #||Vote Center||Vote Center Address|
|Bountiful 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30||Boulton Elementary School||2611 South Orchard Dr|
|Bountiful 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24||St Olaf’s Catholic School||1793 South Orchard Dr|
|Bountiful 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17||Bountiful Library||725 South Main Street|
|Bountiful 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||South Davis Recreation Center||550 North 200 West|
You may wonder "Why do I sometimes vote at one location, change to a different location the next year or election, and then change back the following time?" It is due to voter turnout, budget constraints, and the type of election being held. Sadly, the City typically does not have a large turnout for municipal elections. The County, on the other hand, handles the County, State, and Federal elections which typically experience much higher voter interest and turnout. As a result, the City is able to consolidate more precincts into fewer locations, thereby reducing costs. By using vote centers, we typically reduce to just four voter center locations, and we try to use the same locations the County used in the prior year. But please understand this is not always possible if the County needs more locations due to a large turnout. For example, in 2012, the County had a huge turnout in November due to the Presidential election. As a result, they used twelve vote centers in Bountiful, thereby again causing some confusion for voters at the next election. We will strive to be as consistent from year to year as we can be while still trying to contain costs for our citizens. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience from one election to another, but hope that your ability to vote at any of the vote centers will alleviate any confusion or problems.
Registered voters who will be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote on election day may obtain an absent-voter ballot (aka "by mail ballot") during the designated time prior to the municipal election and through 5 p.m. the Friday prior to the election. (Please note that we do not handle absent-voter ballots or any other voting during even-numbered election years when Federal, State, and County officials are elected. The County handles ALL voting in those years.) Because we are contracting with the County for this year’s election services, absent-voter ballots may be obtained in person at the City Recorder’s office (790 S 100 E, Bountiful, Utah, 84010) or at the County Clerk’s Office (68 South Main, P.O. Box 618, Farmington, UT 84025-0618) or by mailing your request to either of those addresses. To reduce the risk of a request and/or ballot not getting to/from the Recorder’s or Clerk’s office in time, we suggest coming into the office in person if at all possible. However, if you choose to mail your request, please indicate your full name, address of residence, address to which the ballot should be mailed (if different from residence), your date of birth, and the election for which you desire a ballot (you may request a ballot for both the Primary and General election if desired). The person who will vote the ballot must also sign the letter. There are restrictions as to how late absent-voter ballot requests and the related voted ballots may be accepted. A by-mail application for an absent-voter may not be accepted after the Friday immediately preceding the election. Overseas requests require even more time for postal service, so please allow as much time as possible. If you feel you have special or complicated circumstances or are unclear regarding any of the information concerning an absent-voter ballot, please call the Bountiful City Recorder’s office directly (801-298-6142) or the County Clerk’s Office (801-451-3589).
A special "hospitalized absent-voter ballot" may be obtained on the day of the election for a voter who is admitted and confined to a medical or long-term care institution after the above-noted Friday deadline. Please call the City Recorder’s office if you need additional information regarding this option.
EARLY VOTING (there will be no early voting in Bountiful)
Utah State election law provides for early voting to begin 14 days prior to the official election day and end the Friday prior to election day. Times and location yet to be determined.
Prior to Primary Election (IF there is a Primary)
|July 28||July 29||July 30||July 31|
|August 3||August 4||August 5||August 6||August 7|
Prior to General Election
|October 20||October 21||October 22||October 23|
|October 26||October 27||October 28||October 29||October 30|
The City of Bountiful holds elections in odd-numbered years (e.g. 2015, 2017, 2019). Candidates who are successful in the municipal general election typically will take office on the first Monday in January of the year following the election. The Mayor and two Council Members are elected in one year, and the other three Council Members are elected in the next election (two years later). In even-numbered years, Federal, State, and County positions are elected, and all voting is handled by the County (including absentee voting).
Bountiful City’s election is "non-partisan", meaning that a candidate is not nominated by nor according to party, but may come from any party. All candidates are "at-large", meaning they can be from any location within the city boundaries and are not elected by certain voting precincts or areas but by the entire voting public of the city. Term of office for the Mayor and each Council seat is four (4) years. There are not term limits for either the Mayor or the five Council positions.
Bountiful City will hold a Primary Election the second Tuesday after the first Monday in August of odd-numbered years when the number of candidates that have filed exceeds twice the number of positions to be filled. For example, this year there are three Council seats are to be filled and there will be a primary election only if there are more than six candidates for those three seats. Every year it seems there are frustrated citizens who believe that WE keep changing the timing of the Primary election. This is the result of different times for the Federal, State, and County Primary (which occurs in June of even numbered years) versus a municipal primary (which occurs in August of odd numbered years, and it was in September prior to 2013). The State Legislature determines the dates for filing, registering, and all other elections-related functions. They have changed many dates over the past several years, so we understand why there is confusion. Please understand this is not under the control of City personnel. We share your frustration, and we only ask for your patience and support as we work with election regulations the best we can under the constraints established for us.
The General Election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (which will be November 3 in the current 2015 year). Those candidates with the highest number of total votes will take office. For example, if there are five candidates for three Council positions, the three with the highest total votes will take office. It is not determined by the number of precincts one wins, as the number of voters per precinct may vary significantly.
We thank you for your interest and involvement in the voting process!!! Again, due to frequent changes in election laws, we strongly recommend that you confirm any deadlines or other information noted above by calling the Recorder’s office at 801-298-6142. Please feel free to come to the City Recorder's Office (in City Hall at 790 South 100 East) or call if you have any questions concerning the elections.