OGDEN -- Voter turnout is expected to be light today for most municipal elections in the Top of Utah, but those who cast a ballot will decide who will steer their communities for the next four years.
Most elections are for the local city council or fire district. However, a few cities, such as Ogden, are also electing mayors.
"It should be a very busy election in Ogden city," Weber County Elections Director Doug Larsen said Monday.
Ogden voters will decide on three council seats, which include write-in candidates, said City Recorder Cindi Mansell.
In addition, Ogden has a mayoral election with no incumbent.
"Usually, with the mayoral races, you get a lot better turnout," Mansell said.
The 2007 Ogden mayoral election had a 46 percent voter turnout compared with the typical 12 to 15 percent most years.
Syracuse City Recorder Cassie Brown also expects a good turnout to decide who will fill the city's three at-large council seats.
The city had more than 600 early votes and expects an Election Day response between 25 and 30 percent.
"I think the citizens in Syracuse just like to be involved," Brown said.
But cities with good voter turnouts are anomalies during municipal elections.
"I'm not expecting a huge turnout," said Riverdale City Recorder Ember Herrick.
Riverdale had about 500 people vote in primary elections for its three at-large city council seats.
Layton City Recorder Thieda Wellman expects a smooth election, but doesn't think the city will have a high voter turnout. She anticipates a 12 percent voter turnout for the three council seats.
Farr West City Recorder Lindsay Stratford said the city expects about 26 percent of voters to turn up.
"I guess that's not bad," she said. "It's not great, but you can't really expect a lot for municipal elections."
Farr West does not have any controversial or contested elections this year, Stratford said.
North Ogden City Recorder Annette Spendlove said the turnout at the city's primary was about 16 percent.
"I usually double that for our general election, which is really about average," she said.
Spendlove said a fair number of people voted early this year. Early voting helps shorten lines at the polling stations on Election Day.
However, she said she is unsure what the actual numbers will be today, "which is very unfortunate, because the people need to get out and voice their opinion."
"It's their right to vote, and people really need to exercise that right. It's sad when only 16 percent of people decide for the rest."
At the polling place, voters must give their name and address to an election judge and will be required to show a government-issued picture identification.
If an election judge has reason to doubt a voter's identity, the judge is required to request identification that establishes a voter's identity and residence.
Residents can check whether they are registered to vote and verify their polling place by visiting the "On My Ballot" section of vote.utah.gov.