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Vote early, bring identification


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

Early voting for all city offices is going on at the Carbon County Courthouse this week and will continue through Oct. 30.

That means any candidates that are running for city offices in Sunnyside, East Carbon, Wellington, Price or Helper will be on ballots so that voters can get their civic responsibility done early rather than wait for the Nov. 3 election. The polls at the courthouse are open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Residents of the unincorporated areas in the county will also have an election to vote in this year, as there is a board seat at the Price River Water Improvement District open with two candidates running for it. However voting for that position cannot be done early. The election for that spot will take place on Nov. 4 only and the only polling place is at the PRWID offices at 265 South Fairgrounds Road.

All voters need to also be aware that starting this year ID laws for voting have come into place and to vote everyone who casts a ballot must have proper ID when they ask the judges at the polls for their ballots. Here are the parameters of that new identification law.

For a valid oter identification means a voter must present one of the following forms of ID that bears the name and photograph of the voter:

Currently valid Utah Driver's License.

A currently valid identification card issued by the state of Utah or a branch, department, or agency of the United States.

A currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A valid United States passport.

A valid Tribal Identification Card, whether or not the card includes a photograph of the voter.

The voter also can approach the poll if they present two of the following forms of identification that bears the name of the voter and provides evidence that the voter resides within the voting precinct:

Current utility bill or a legible copy (dated within 90 before the election).

A bank or other financial account statement, or legible copy.

A certified birth certificate.

A valid social security card.

A check issued by the state or the federal government, or legible copy thereof.

A paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy.

A valid Utah hunting or fishing license.

A currently valid United States military I.D. Card.

Certified naturalization documentation.

A valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States.

A certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change.

A Bureau of Indian Affairs card.

A tribal treaty card.

Valid Medicaid card, Medicare card or electronic benefits transfer card.

A currently valid identification card issued by:

A local government within the State of Utah.

An employer for an employee.

A college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the state of Utah.

If a valid form of identification listed under the first group above does not contain a photograph of the voter, then one other form of identification listed in the second grouping must be included.

Voters who do not present proper identification at the polls, may vote using a provisional ballot, however the provisional ballot will not count unless they provide valid voter identification to the election official within 5 days after the election.

To allow everyone to vote regardless of their income level, in the case that one's income falls below the federal poverty guideline issued by the U.S. department of Health and Human Services, he or she can receive a free identification card from the driver license division.

"We want everyone to be aware of the provisions of the voter identifcation laws so everyone that wants to can vote in the election," said Carbon County deputy county clerk Alexis Horsley.

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