FARMINGTON -- Davis County election clerks set a goal of receiving 10,000 mail-in ballots this election cycle, hoping to thin the number of voters going to the polls for the June 26 primary and Nov. 6 general election.
It looks like that goal is easily in reach.
Pat Beckstead, Davis County election coordinator, said this week that 9,639 by-mail ballots have been sent out upon voter request.
Of those, just more than 3,000 mail ballots have already been returned to the clerk's office.
Based on the number of voters wanting to avoid the rush and requesting to vote by mail, Beckstead said, she is confident the county will surpass its goal, considering the general election, which draws larger numbers than primaries, still lies ahead.
The county's goal is to have one-third of its registered voters cast ballots by mail and another third participate in early voting, with the remainder turning out to the polls on Election Day.
Early voting for the June 26 primary began in Top of Utah communities June 12 and concludes June 22. Early voting poll locations are set up throughout the county. For a complete listing of times and places, visit www.vote.utah.gov.
In a related item, the Davis County Commission has approved hiring 415 poll workers to oversee the primary.
Beckstead said more poll workers will have to be added for the Nov. 6 general election.