LAYTON -- Of the 1,100 early ballots cast in the 12 different Davis cities' hosting a primary election today, nearly half were cast in Layton, where early-voting totals more than doubled the number cast before the 2011 municipal primary.
There were 462 registered voters who cast early ballots in the Layton mayoral primary and corresponding city council races, said Layton City Recorder Thieda Wellman.
Today's Layton primary has four candidates running for mayor and six candidates running for two open council seats. The top two vote-getters in the mayor's race and top four vote-getters in the council race advance to the Nov. 5 general election.
"That is way good," Wellman said of the city's early-vote totals.
She said those numbers do not include an additional 15 provisional ballots that were cast and are pending proof of voter registration before being officially counted.
In 2011, the Layton municipal primary had 187 early ballots cast, she said.
"That is more than double," Wellman said of this year's number. "I think we did more (early voting) the second week (it was available)."
Wellman said she is particularly pleased with this year's turnout, because the cost to the city to host early voting is the same whether one votes or 1,000 vote.
"It was at least worth doing it (this year)," Wellman said of the $1,700 it cost Layton to offer early voting.
In Layton, the city in Davis County with the highest number of registered voters, the race for mayor has been competitive, with each candidate maintaining a high political profile.
Those seeking the mayoral post are Layton council members Jory Francis and Joyce Forbes Brown, and Layton businessman Bob Stevenson and homemaker Grace Stevenson, who are distant relatives.
Layton is one of three Davis cities with a mayoral primary today. The other cities are West Bountiful and Syracuse.
By comparison, Syracuse, where three candidates are seeking the mayoral seat, and seven candidates are seeking two open council seats, 312 voters cast early ballots for today's primary, said Monica Whitaker, city official.
West Bountiful, with a mayoral and council primary, had 32 early ballots cast, about 10 votes fewer than were cast during the 2011 municipal primary early-voting period, said Heidi Voordeckers, city recorder and auditor.
"Municipal elections may not get as much attention as state and federal elections, but they are just as important. The candidates that will be elected this year have a very real impact on the daily life of every citizen," Davis County Elections Manager Brian McKenzie said.
Of the 15 cities in Davis County, he said, 12 are hosting a primary today.
The Benchland Water District is also hosting a primary today to narrow the field of candidates wanting to serve as a trustee on the special service water district's board.
The water district serves the central portion of Davis County.
In Weber County, eight cities are hosting primary elections, including mayoral races in Harrisville, Roy, Uintah and West Haven. Early voting in those cities varied.