Early voting proves popular in Brigham City

Nov 8 2011 - 7:21am

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BRIGHAM CITY -- Unlike other Top of Utah communities, Brigham City saw a substantial turnout for early voting.

Almost 7 percent of voters -- 597 out of 8,541 registered -- visited polls early and set a city record.

"It has been really strong," said Mary Kate Christensen, Brigham City recorder. "People just love it."

Early voting seems to be gaining popularity in the city. During the September primary election, early voters set a record by casting 312 votes, or 3.6 percent. Two years ago, the city had 280 early voters.

Brigham City is getting more early votes without spending any more money. Christensen, who handles all early voting, said the city did not hire any additional staff to help with early voting.

Christensen said people may have voted early for convenience rather than because of controversial issues or candidates on the ballot. Brigham City has six candidates running for three council seats, but no mayoral race.

Christensen said that when people come to city hall to pay a bill, they see the sign advertising early voting and try it out. It has turned out to be 60 to 80 voters each day since Oct. 25, she said, adding that some voters dislike visiting crowded polls at 1100 South on Election Day.

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