FARMINGTON -- People who want to vote in the June 26 primary elections but aren't yet registered have to sign up on Monday or miss their chance.
It appears there's a lot of interest in the primaries, based on the nearly 4,100 people in Davis and Weber counties who either registered or changed existing voter registrations in May.
"This year we are anticipating a higher than normal turnout for the primary election," Weber County Elections Director Jennifer Morrell said. "For the past 10 years, voter turnout percentage for the primary election has been in the single digits. This year we are anticipating a 30 percent turnout."
Voters may register in person at their respective county clerk's office or on-line by visiting www.vote.utah.gov. The deadline is Monday.
"Registration is coming to an end. If they miss the deadline, and if they are not already registered, they can't vote in the primary," Davis County Election Coordinator Pat Beckstead said.
In the meantime, Top of Utah election officials remain busy training poll workers and providing those already registered with absentee ballots, allowing them to vote by mail.
During May, the Davis County Clerk's Office mailed out 6,794 absentee ballots to people wanting to vote by mail, officials said.
During that same month, there was also 2,874 individuals in Davis County who either registered to vote or changed their voter information.
Weber County has been equally busy.
In May, Weber County election officials registered 1,200 new voters, and processed 4,200 absentee/by-mail ballots, Morrell said.
"Registering to vote is now easier than ever," Morrell said. "You can do it online without having to leave home."
By utilizing the vote.utah.gov state website, residents can register to vote, change party affiliation, get voter information or request an absentee ballot, she said.
The website also helps voters find their poll location and gives them a sample ballot for their district, Morrell said.
"We encourage anyone with access to the Internet to take advantage of the resources offered on this (state) website," she said.
For those who prefer a paper registration form, a copy can be printed and mailed in, she said.
While Top of Utah election officials wrap up voter registration for the primary, early voting begins Tuesday.
Davis County will mail out post cards that should arrive at homes June 15 or June 16 to advise voters where and what times they can vote early, Beckstead said.
To accommodate voters, early voting will be offered at different locations in both counties. The state website also provides exact locations and times.
"We encourage everyone to take advantage of early voting and avoid the long lines that are common in the evenings on election day," Morrell said.
There are 110,000 registered voters in Weber County, with 102,000 defined as active voters -- those having participated in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, she said.
"In 2012, the election office has processed 5,000 new voter registrations," Morrell said. The office has also worked to educate local high school students and has a partnership with Weber State University to include students as poll workers to help them better understand the electoral process.
Having lived overseas for several years as part of a military community, Morrell said she has an appreciation for the country's democratic process, which, based on her experience, fascinates individuals from other countries.
"We (the clerk's office) are a small piece in the overall picture of the American democratic process that we know is being viewed by the world," she said.
Those with questions or special needs can call 801-399-8036 in Weber County, or 801-451-3420 in Davis County.