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

SHAWNA ANDRUS

City Recorder

We appreciate your interest and encourage your involvement in the municipal election process. The local government level is closest to home and therefore gives you direct influence on your elected officials. Please note that although we endeavor to keep this information current, election laws change regularly and rapidly. To be safe, dates and other information posted herein should not be absolutely relied upon but should be verified with the City Recorder’s office at 801.298.6142. If you have concerns, feedback, or need additional information beyond that noted here, please contact the Recorder’s office.

KEY ELECTION DATES

Candidate Filing Period - Between June 1 and June 7, 2017, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Each potential candidate should obtain an election packet (available starting May 8) from the Bountiful City Recorders office (790 South 100 East) and file in person at the same location.  

Meet the Candidates Night – Date and time TBD – usually held in the City Hall Council Chambers (790 South 100 East, Bountiful). Hosted by the League of Women Voters, it is an opportunity to meet the candidates prior to the Election to determine what their views and concerns are and whether or not they match with yours.

Primary Election – If a Primary election is necessary, it will occur on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  Ballots will be mailed out three (3) weeks prior and can be mailed back to the Davis County Assessor’s office or dropped in a ballot box at the Bountiful City Hall.  If you prefer to vote in person, there will be a vote center on the Primary Election Day at the South Davis (Bountiful) branch library.   

General Election - Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Ballots will be mailed out three (3) weeks prior and can be mailed back to the Davis County Assessor’s office or dropped in a ballot box at the Bountiful City Hall.  If you prefer to vote in person, there will be a vote center on Election Day at the South Davis (Bountiful) branch library.   The ballot will include candidates for Mayor and two City Council positions.

County In-Person or On-line Voter Registration - The last day you may register to vote in person at the Davis County Clerk’s office (68 South Main, Farmington) or on-line at http://elections.utah.gov (select “Register to Vote” and follow the instructions provided),) is Tuesday, August 7, 2017 for the Primary and Tuesday, October 31, 2017 for the November General Election. If you voted in the prior year’s election, you do not need to re-register unless you have moved or changed your name.

By-Mail Registration - If registering with a "By-Mail" form, it must be postmarked and received by the County Clerk’s Office at least thirty (30) days prior to the election (July 17, 2017 for Primary and October 9, 2017 for November election). The by-mail form is available near the cashier’s counter at Bountiful City Hall or on the State of Utah website at http://elections.utah.gov/.  If time is limited, we recommend you register in person or on-line (see In-Person or On-line info above) to be sure to meet the necessary deadline.

Since voter registration is a County function, please contact the Davis County Clerk’s office (801.451.3589) if you have questions. It is strongly recommended that you register as early as possible.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL VOTING WILL BE DONE BY MAIL.  YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT IN THE MAIL (mailed 21 days prior to the election) AND CAN EITHER MAIL IT BACK TO THE DAVIS COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE OR BRING IT TO THE BOUNTIFUL CITY HALL TO PUT IN THE DROP BOX IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A BALLOT IN THE MAIL OR LOSE YOUR BALLOT, PLEASE CONTACT THE DAVIS COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE AT 801.451.3589.

CANDIDATE FILING/POSITIONS TO BE FILLED - 2017

Bountiful City will hold elections for Mayor and two (2) City Council seats this year. All are "at-large" positions, which means the candidates may live anywhere within the City and are not elected by a specific precinct or district. This is also a "non-partisan election", meaning all candidates are on one ticket with no party distinction being made. Each candidate for office must file a "Declaration of Candidacy" with the City Recorder's Office (790 South 100 East) between June 1 and June 7, 2017, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and pay a non-refundable $25.00 filing fee at the time of filing. Anyone interested in running for municipal office should obtain, from the Bountiful City Recorder’s office, an informational packet concerning filing, sign ordinances, campaign financial disclosure, and other election rules and information (available beginning May 8, 2017).

Qualifications for a candidate are:

(1) Be a United States citizen at time of filing.
(2) Be at least 18 years old at the time of the next general (November) municipal election.
(3) Be a registered voter of the municipality.
(4) Be a legal resident of the municipality or a resident of a recently annexed area for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the election (November).
(5) Not be a convicted felon currently incarcerated or a mentally incompetent person whose right to hold elective office has not been restored. (Pursuant to Utah Constitution Article IV, Section 6, any person convicted of a felony, treason, or crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this state until the right to vote or hold office is restored as provided by statute.)

Each candidate must declare at the time of filing that he/she meets all of the above qualifications. Therefore, a candidate must file "in person with the City Recorder" or Deputy Recorder [per State Code 20A-9-203] unless the nomination method is used, or if an overseas military person, you may use a designated agent combined with electronic communication such as Skype.

There are three (3) filing methods by which a citizen may become a candidate for Mayor or City Council:

  1. File a "Declaration of Candidacy" form which must be filed by the prospective candidate, in person, with the Bountiful City Recorder's Office between June 1 and June 7 of the year the election is held between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  2. Complete a "Nomination Petition" whereby a candidate may be nominated by a minimum of twenty-five (25) residents who are at least eighteen (18) years old and who sign a properly completed nomination. This filing must also be completed by the June 7, 2017 deadline.
  3. File as a Write-In Candidate. A write-in candidate must file a declaration of candidacy form just like any other candidate, except that he/she may file up to sixty (60) days prior to the November General Election. Write-in candidates are not allowed in the Primary Election. Obviously, due to the very nature and definition of write-in candidacy, that person’s name will not be printed on the ballot but must be written in by voters.

All candidates must pay a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) filing fee at the time of filing. Filing fees shall be refundable only if it is determined that the person filing is not qualified to be a candidate or is found to have improperly filed. If using a nomination petition, the person filing the form must pay the fee. At the time of filing, the candidate must declare which office is being sought (Mayor or City Council).

The following have filed as official candidates for Mayor (4-Year Term) and City Council (4-Year Term, 2 positions to be filled):

2017 (listed in randomly generated order as determined by the State of Utah Lt Governor’s office):  TBD – this information will be available on June 7, 2017

For more information about the candidates, including contact information, click here (Davis County website) or here (State website – see additional information below). Information will be there if the candidate provided it. 

STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC VOTER INFORMATION WEBSITE

The State of Utah has a website which allows registered voters to view information particular to them, including their polling place, elected officials and a sample ballot with information about candidates and propositions. All candidates are invited to provide information to be included on that website so that interested voters may learn about each candidate and their platform. The website is located at http://www.elections.utah.gov/ under the "Voter Information" option at the top of the page. When you review the sample ballot, you may click on the candidate names that are highlighted in order to display their personal information, helping you learn more about them. (Only candidates who have provided information will have their names highlighted to allow access.) Candidates are also required to submit their campaign financial disclosure reports so that interested citizens may review them at this same web location.  The financial disclosures are also available on the Bountiful City website.

VOTER REGISTRATION

Please note that voter registration is a County function so City personnel cannot register you to vote. As noted previously (see KEY ELECTION DATES), you may go directly to the Davis County Clerk’s office (68 South Main, Farmington), use a By-Mail form, register on-line, or register at some other State/County agency when you update driver’s license or other information. Whichever option you choose, remember that the County Clerk’s office must show that you are registered no later than 7 days prior to the election or you will not be allowed to vote in the pending election.

The following are the requirements to be eligible to vote (per Utah State Code 20A-2-101):

1. Be a United States citizen.
2. Be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the next election.
3. Be at least 18 years old on the day of the next election (the November General Election).
4. Have your principal place of residence in a specific voting precinct in Utah.
A person who has been convicted of a felony, whose right to vote has not been restored as provided by law, may not register to vote while incarcerated (20A-2-101.5).

VOTE CENTER

There will be one Vote Center in Bountiful located at the South Davis branch library (725 South Main Street) on Election Day(s) that will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The City of Bountiful holds elections in odd-numbered years (e.g. 2017, 2019, 2021). 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 (2) Council Members are elected in one year, and the other three (3) Council Members are elected in the next election (two {2} 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 (August 15, 2017). For example, this year the Mayor and two Council seats to be filled and there will be a primary election only if more than two candidates for Mayor file and/or more than four candidates file for the two Council 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 (November 7, 2017). Those candidates with the highest number of total votes will take office. For example, if there are three candidates for two Council positions, the two candidates 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 Bountiful City 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.

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