Herriman Officials Want Input On Election Format
Feb 13, 2015 06:33PM
● By Linda Petersen
Herriman City officials are considering switching over to mail-in-only municipal elections. It’s an option being offered to them and other cities for the first time by Salt Lake County.
While the majority of voters would use mail-in ballots, Herriman would still maintain one polling location. (Currently there are two.) This would result in a savings of $2,000 per election.
But that’s not what’s making the new program attractive to city officials.
In Cottonwood Heights, which has been a test site for the new program, voter participation has doubled to more than 40 percent of registered voters.
City officials are mixed in their responses to the proposal. Some feel that it may boost voter participation while others are concerned that it might alienate traditional voters. So they’re looking for input from Herriman residents. Email addresses for Mayor Carmen Freeman and the city council are available on the city’s website www.herriman.org.
A decision is due back to Salt Lake County by the end of February.