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Weber County get-out-the-vote boosters to try again

By Tim Vandenack - | Oct 11, 2021

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

Election workers Patti Sawyer, right, and Sarah Cowley await voters on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, at the in-person voting location at the Weber Center in Ogden.

OGDEN — Due to rainy weather last Saturday, the Weber County League of Women Voters and Voterise get-out-the-vote campaign planned for that day continues.

The groups seek volunteers to distribute door hangars to homes in Weber County neighborhoods where voter turnout has historically been low. In 2017, a municipal election year like 2021, 19 precincts in the county reported turnout of 28% or lower, according to Karen Thurber, a Voterise volunteer who’s helping spearhead the effort. Turnout was lowest in a West Haven precinct that registered just 16.5% turnout.

The aim of the two groups is to get word out about the elections to bolster turnout. Mayoral and city council races are on the ballots in locales all across Weber County and mail-in ballots are to be sent starting Tuesday. Voting culminates on Nov. 2.

Volunteers were to fan out on Saturday to help with distribution of some 9,000 door hangers, but rain hampered the effort. Now, those involved are putting out another call for help. Some 30 volunteer teams are needed and Thurber said those interested should gather Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, 705 E. 23rd St., to get materials and more details on the process.

The door hangars explain “why it’s important to vote in local elections for mayor or city council members in your community, how to vote this year and how to register or reregister to vote,” Thurber said.

Contact Thurber at 801-721-1926 or mensch1760@earthlink.net for more information.

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