Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011 Ogden City Municipal Primary Election Day Thread - Updated

You're all invited to chime in with a little primary election day conversation; and don't forget to check back in later this evening for real-time post election voter tally coverage

Breaking news for WCF readers who may have been living under a rock: Today is Ogden City Primary Municipal Election Day; and assuming you're registered to vote, and that you haven't already availed yourself of "early voting," you can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the following voter precinct polling places:
This morning's Standard-Examiner story should serve as reminder that typical Utah primary election turnouts are notoriously meager:
So if you want to see your favorite mayoral and/or council candidate survive to run in the November election, don't stay home and rely on your neighbors to put them over the top, folks, even though you're confident that they're leading in the most recent polling.

If you still need to familiarize yourself with today's candidates, check out the election module in our right sidebar, which contains everything you need to know about these eager aspirants to political office. "One Stop Shopping" for Emerald City Municipal Election candidates... that's what we aptly call it.

Check back in later this evening for real-time vote tallies, which we'll be linking here in a new article after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. Robust election night coverage is a six year tradition here at Weber County Forum, so be sure to come back and join in all the fun.

In the meantime however, we'll invite you all to chime in with a little primary election day conversation. We'd definitely like to hear how your voting experience went today. Were poll workers courteous and well prepared? Did you have any problems casting your vote? What could city and county election officials do, if anything, to improve the process?

That' it for now, Gentle Readers.

Who'll be the first to throw in their own 2¢?

Update 9/13/11 8:17 a.m.: In response to an inquiry by Gentle Reader Bob Becker, here's a sample ballot (PDF), provided by the Ogden City website:
Update 9/13/11 9:55 a.m.: Following up on last night's discussion, concerning exactly which documents are necessary to prove identity for Utah voting purposes, see this helpful informational document, which is parked on the Ogden City website:

21 comments:

Bob Becker said...

The SE dead tree edition did not have this morning a sample ballot listing the way things would look at the polling place. Was expecting one.  The Geezer [93] likes to go over what will appear on the ballot before we get to the polls so she knows exactly how to proceed. Anyone know where sample ballots are posted on line since the paper didn't run one?

rudizink said...

Just got back from my Polk School polling place.  The whole process took about one minute.  Smooth as silk.

Crjennings said...

There is a sample ballot on the Ogden City website under Elections

rudizink said...

I've now posted the link on the front page as an update.

Bob Becker said...

Thank you.

Ogden Lover said...

You'll know themby the company they keep. Rick Southwick, local real estate guru and Godfrey appointee to the Planning Commission was on the corner of Harrison and Country Hills late yesterday afternoon doing a honk & waveforMike Caldwell.

OgdenInformedVoter said...

Sheesh. I sure hope you'll base your vote on something less superficial.

Bob Becker said...

Just back from voting at Polk Elementary.   It looks like it will be another spectacularly dismal turnout in a municipal election.  Six or eight voting machines set up.  Two voters there besides me when I voted.   No lines, no delays. They are asking for ID. Picture ID.   DL was fine. Voter registration card not enough.  Just FYI. 

And you will need to know what precinct you're in.  I presume this will be so at all polling stations. 

LibertyinUtah said...

Horrace Mann only had three machines, a slight wait but not bad. DL worked for me as well. The used a laptop to find the district of people who didn't know. Was extra easy.

Jennifer Neil said...

Heritage with 4 machines - no waiting, but I was there around 8-ish ... talked to some friends and made sure they knew where to go

TLJ

blackrulon said...

It is a little premature to base the election turnout on your voting turnout.. There are other  precincts in Ogden.Lots of people stop by after getting off work.

Bob Becker said...

Of course. And theres early voting too. but whenever weve had a good turn out there have been many more people visible at Polk all during the day. Ill be surprised if it turns out to be a good turnout overall. happy but surprised.

Onevoter said...

There was a line for early voting when I voted on Thursday.

Bob Becker said...

Took the Geezer to vote at Dee Events center over the noon hour [lunch time]. There was a short line, about a five minute wait at its max.  Poll workers said it'd been intermittently busy : sometimes no one voting, sometimes a short line developed. 

Must say at both polling places, poll workers were professional, efficient, and pleasant.  Somebody did a better job training them this time, I think, than has been done in the past.   

thom said...

Any prognosticators out there who want to guess who the two mayoral candidates will be for the general election?  Not sure this election is easy to call since there don't appear to be two clear frontrunners who represent competing groups in the city. 

rudizink said...

Good thought-provocative post, Thom.



Based on our latest WCF
polling
, I'm pickin' Van Hooser and Caldwell to finish #1 and
#2 respectively.  That's my take; and I'm stickin' with it.



But what about everybody else?



Time for more  cipherin' and prognosticatin' methinks, as we wait for the official voter tallies to roll in..

Danny said...

What's the URL for the nifty real time poll results page that we usually get from Ogden City or Weber county? 

Danny said...

Here it is

http://www.ogdencity.com/en/government/elections.aspx

Monotreme said...

Not particularly happy about it, but my prediction is Caldwell and Stephenson. I hope I'm wrong.

Jennifer Neil said...

you won that one, MT

Susie missed it by a very small hair ...


TLJ

Crying said...

I so wish that you had been wrong.

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