RIVERDALE -- This small but bustling city of 8,560 residents conducted its primary and general elections this year all by mail.
The process helped spur a record 48 percent voter turnout, remarkable compared to other cities that hovered in the teens.
But in hindsight some feel the process could use a few tweaks.
"It was wonderful, for the most part, but it makes it a little difficult to campaign," said Alan Arnold, who came up short in his bid for mayor.
Ballots were mailed to registered voters on Oct. 8, giving them close to four weeks to choose their picks and send them back.
Most municipal candidates gain votes by going door-to-door, and Arnold -- who had obtained a list of voters who had already cast ballots -- said that he still encountered people who had already mailed theirs in.
"And I had people who threw ballots away because they thought they got on the absentee ballot list by accident," Arnold added. "Maybe it was a little weaker this time because people didn't understand it."
Norm Searle, who bested Arnold in the mayor's race -- 959 votes to 720 -- agreed that vote-by-mail cut campaign time short.
"I found that most residents really liked it," Searle said. "But some are still apprehensive" about potential voter fraud.
"You get people who live in rental units, and some would get two to three ballots for past tenants," Searle said.
Election personnel are tasked with comparing signatures to see if they match driver's license and voting records.
Signature checking is "probably the most intense part of the process, because we want to maintain the integrity of the election," said Weber County Elections Director Jennifer Morrell.
A questionable signature will get a second and third look, and in some cases the voter is sent a quick letter giving them options to rectify the discrepancy.
"We try to always err on the side of the voter," Morrell said.
Charles Kerkvliet, a Riverdale resident for 10 years, had one word for vote-by-mail -- handy.
"I voted about two weeks early because I had my mind made up pretty quickly," Kerkvliet said. "I'd like them to continue the practice."
But some voters still long for the larger experience.
"It was more fun when you went to your polling place, saw your neighbors in line and chatted," said Mike Murphy, who has lived in Riverdale for 33 years. "It felt more like you were doing your civic duty."
Plus you got an "I voted" sticker, he said.
"That was the biggest complaint. They didn't get a sticker," Morrell said of feedback her office received about the process.
In recent Utah Association of Counties meetings held in St. George, county clerks discussed how they could fill that need and also improve the overall process.
More communication between election officials and voters would help, Morrell said.
"I don't know if it's a one size fits all, but for us in Weber County, vote-by-mail is a good way to move forward," Morrell said.
As electronic voting machines age out, and acceptable polling locations become harder to find, Morrell believes that vote-by-mail will become increasingly more common.
"We'd like to see more of a hybrid in elections," Morrell said, "so we can reduce the number of machines we use and extend their life."
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