Primary elections take place Tuesday, but many cities picked ranked choice instead

Aug 4, 2021, 4:43 PM | Updated: 4:44 pm
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This sample ballot from FairVote.org demonstrates what a ranked-choice ballot would look like. Image: FairVote.org

SALT LAKE CITY — Several Utah cities will hold their municipal primary elections next week, but 23 will instead give ranked choice voting a try this fall, skipping the primary in favor of the new method. 

Related: 2 small Utah cities test ranked-choice voting method

According to Utah’s elections website, “The following 23 municipalities have indicated their intent to participate in the Alternative Voting Methods Pilot Project: South Salt Lake, Magna, Bluffdale, Draper, Lehi, Payson, Riverton, Springville, Vineyard, Goshen, Newton, Woodland Hills, Genola, Sandy, Nibley City, Millcreek, Moab, River Heights City, Cottonwood Heights, Elk Ridge, Salt Lake City, Midvale, and Heber City.”

If you live in one of those areas and are wondering why you didn’t get your mail-in ballot for the primary yet, that’s why. 

In the meantime, the following locations will proceed with municipal primary elections on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. 

Davis County

There are 112 people running for public office in Davis County.

Bountiful, Centerville, Clearfield, Clinton, Farmington, South Weber, Syracuse, and West Point all have mayoral primaries. Several cities also have city council primaries. 

Utah County

Alpine, Orem, Provo, and Santaquin will all hold mayoral primaries next week. 

Several cities city council seats also have primaries. Find the full list here. 

Summit County

Coalville and Park City will hold mayoral primaries. Several cities also have city council seats open, including Coalville, Oakley and Park City. The South Summit Fire District will also hold a primary for a new board member.

Weber County

There are primaries for two North Ogden City Council seats. Ogden City Council has two seats available, and so does Washington Terrace. Additionally, voters will choose a new mayor of West Haven. 

The Weber County Elections Office says ballots went out to all active registered voters in these cities. They should have arrived in voters’ mailboxes by July 27.

For those without a ballot, the county will also hold in-person early voting at the Weber Center at 2380 Washington Boulevard in Ogden. Stop in from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and next Monday.

Check your voter registration status and track your ballot here


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Primary elections take place Tuesday, but many cities picked ranked choice instead