Senate District 11 Recall Ballots Sent to Military and Overseas Voters
Today the Clerk and Recorder’s Office mailed approximately 650 ballots to registered military or overseas voters for the Senate District 11 Recall Election on September 10. A sample ballot for the Recall Election is now available on the Election Department website.
Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams said, “It is important that our military service men and women, and citizens overseas, be afforded the extended opportunity to vote in this election. The intent of the law is to ensure military personnel serving our country and citizens overseas are not hindered in participating in the electoral process. Our Election staff is absolutely committed to providing assistance to these individuals so that they can easily exercise their democratic right to vote.”
Another accommodation for UOCAVA voters is an extended time to return their ballots. While other voters’ ballots must be received by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, ballots from UOCAVA voters count if they are postmarked or returned by e-mail or fax by 7:00 PM Mountain Time on Election Day. Ballots postmarked by the 10th must still be received by the Election Department by September 18. The postmark is counted as valid only on UOCAVA ballots, not for local voters.
In addition to receiving ballots by mail, military and overseas voters can select to receive their ballots by email, or fax. They also have the option of printing their ballot online through an encrypted link. They are able to print their ballot and additional necessary return materials. They then can vote and return their ballot by mail, fax or email to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. This system has improved the voter’s ability to quickly access and receive a ballot, which increases their level of participation in the election process. Regardless of the method of return, no ballot is counted unless the signature is verified.
By law, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) mandates ballots normally must be mailed no later than the 45th day before Election Day. Due to the requirements of the recall process, however, the UOCAVA ballots are being mailed at 34 days, the earliest possible date following certification of the recall ballot.