Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How To Vote in the Utah GOP Primary

The nominating conventions are over, now the primary elections loom.  The "Super Tuesday" results from last night are impressive -- the anti-incumbent fever seems to be spreading across the nation, as predicted. 

Arlen Specter (D-PA) five-term Senate flip-flopper who represented the 60th vote in the Senate and made Obamacare a reality, was eliminated, as were others who are being viewed as "too connected" to the Washington establishment. 

Here's an interesting summary from the Washington Post today of what's happening, including last night's results.  It's Dick Armey's attempt to explain the "tea party" movement.  Worth reading.

Utah's Republican primary is "closed," meaning only registered Republicans can participate.  Utah's Democratic primary is "open," meaning anyone from any party, if registered as a voter, can participate.  There are many activist Republicans now who are saying to registered Republicans, "Use your primary vote in the Democratic primary and vote for Claudia Wright," who is opposing Jim Matheson (D-UT), the five-term Congressman from the 2nd District. 

The thought is that by voting for her the Republicans may unseat Matheson in the primary and give Morgan Philpot, the Republican candidate who avoided his primary at convention an easier November election, since Wright is an openly-declared lesbian.  Talk about strange "bed-fellows" in politics!  (No pun intended).

I say, play it straight up -- Philpot can beat Matheson this year in a head-to-head contest.  At least, that's where my vote in the 2nd District is going this year.

Even though the primary election is several weeks away, the deadlines for being able to vote in that election are fast approaching! Here is some important information you need to be aware of.

Voting Schedule

Deadline to register to vote by MAIL: May 24th, 2010! Which is ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY. You must register to vote as a Republican to vote in the primary. If you are unaffiliated, you can register at the poll locations on Election Day.

In-Person Registration: You may register in-person at the County Clerk's Office by June 7th, 2010. You will not be eligible to vote early.

When to Re-register: Your Voter registration is valid for life, unless you

•Change your name, or
•Wish to affiliate with a different party

You must be registered as a REPUBLICAN to vote in this Primary. To change your voter registration status for any of the above reasons, simply fill out a new voter registration form available here.

How do I register to vote?

Download and print the Utah Voter Registration Form. Once completed, mail the form to your county clerk's office. Must be postmarked by May 24th for vote in this election.

Early Voting

Early Voting usually starts 15 days before the Primary Election Day. Check with your county clerk's office for dates and locations in your county. You can vote at any of the locations that are provided for early voting.

What is an absentee ballot?

An Absentee Ballot is just a ballot that is mailed to your home address. This is an excellent idea to do as the election is held during the summer when many people are away on vacation or otherwise busy on election day.

A separate absentee ballot application must be filled out for each election unless you become a permanent absentee voter. To become a permanent absentee voter, check Yes in the permanent absentee section of the application.

The absentee application form is available online. Must be postmarked by May 24th, 2010.

For regular general/primary elections (held in even-numbered years), this application must be filed by mail or in person in the office of the voter's county clerk.

When is the deadline?

Deadline for applying for an absentee ballot - For regular absentee voting, the ballot application must be received no later than the Friday before the election, June 18th, 2010.

Deadline for returning an absentee ballot - The ballot is only valid if it is clearly postmarked before (not on) election day, and received in the county clerk's office before noon on the day of the official canvass, June 22nd, 2010.

Be sure and share this information with your family, friends, co-workers, and everybody else who can help us elect Mike Lee to the U.S. Senate!

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