OGDEN -- Some individuals who cast provisional ballots in this week's Ogden mayoral primary election have until 5 p.m. Monday to provide documentation to ensure their vote counts.
Those who couldn't offer proof of identity or residency at polling places and were allowed to vote provisionally must bring valid documentation to the Weber County Election Office, 2380 Washington Blvd., Suite 320.
The majority of those who voted provisionally were required to do so because their current address did not match addresses on voter rolls, City Recorder Cindi Mansell said.
Most of the provisional voters presented documentation at the polls to prove their new addresses, Mansell said. Election workers are now checking that information for validity.
However, those few who couldn't provide proof of their current address or identity were allowed to vote provisionally but still must present documentation in person at the Weber County Election Office.
All provisional ballots from those who presented documentation at the polls and those who must provide documentation to the election office are validated in order for them to count.
Provisional ballots are cast by voters whose registration or residence is challenged at the polls. If the voter's information is verified, the ballot is counted.
Efforts began Thursday to verify provisional ballots. The results are slated to be tallied by Tuesday, when votes will be officially canvassed by the Ogden City Council, said Douglas Larsen, election director for Weber County.
As of Thursday afternoon, only a few of the provisional ballots had been disqualified, Mansell said.
The provisional ballots are significant, because only 71 votes separate second-place finisher Brandon Stephenson and Susan Van Hooser, who finished third. Mike Caldwell was the top vote-getter, finishing 611 votes ahead of Stephenson.
There would have to be a spread of 52 votes or fewer -- at least one vote for each of the 52 voting precincts in the city -- between Van Hooser and Stephenson for Van Hooser to request a recount within three days of the canvass.
Mansell said in her 20 years as a clerk-recorder she has seen two recounts but neither changed the outcome of the original results.