Utah County special election, Provo Mayor voter turnout around 20 percent

Dani Jardine
The three Republican candidates held their first debate on July 28 in Provo. (Dani Jardine)

Utah County voters have been mailing in their ballots to vote in the primaries for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District representative and Provo City mayor.

According to Utah County Clerk/Auditor Bryan Thompson, 38,000 physical ballots have been mailed in for all municipal elections county-wide, equalling approximately 17 percent of potential Utah County votes. Of the 38,000 voters, 6,800 are Provo voters — just under 16 percent of potential Provo voters.

Thompson said he’s aware of 10,000 more ballots the post office received as of last night, which will mean 22 percent of voters county-wide will have voted. However, these ballots also include those coming from Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs in the 4th Congressional District. He said he thinks 8,000 to 9,000 of the votes will come from Provo voters.

Today, Provo residents can vote in person at the Provo City Recreation Center (320 W. 500 North). Polls will be open until 8 p.m.

Thompson said in-person voting has had “very light” initial voter turnout.

“If we have close to 5,000 county-wise, that’d be pretty good,” Thompson said.

Eight candidates are running to replace Provo City Mayor John Curtis, who is a Republican candidate to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz in the special election.

The special election may cost Utah County up to $500,000.

For more information on the special election, visit the Utah elections website. For more information on the Provo mayoral election, visit voteprovo.com.

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