With just a few days remaining until the November 3rd municipal elections this is a hectic time for Utah’s new Lt. Governor Spencer Cox. One of the major responsibilities of that office is that of elections and Cox says even in what’s called an “off year” there is a great deal of work to do.
Cox was a guest on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2015_10_30_324_38884_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Thursday</a> and said there are 17 counties and about 70 municipalities in the state of Utah using the vote by mail system. Unfortunately about 65 communities have cancelled elections because of the lack of interest. Cox is sad about that and he’s hoping some changes might help, such as voting by mail.
“The voter turnout is increasing and that’s something we’re trying to do better at here in Utah,” Cox said. “We’re at the bottom of the list when it comes to voter turnout, which is sad because we used to be at the top of that list. There are a lot of reasons for that, but voter turnout is increasing.
“So people like that, they like the convenience of vote by mail. Interestingly, and anecdotally, we’re getting a more informed voter as we’re talking to people.”
Cox said it would also help if there were more competitive races between the two parties. He said there is higher turnout in competitive races and that Utah would be better off with a vibrant Democratic party.
He has been told by a lot of people that with voting by mail they are more inclined to take time to consider their vote and to look into the backgrounds of the candidates, as well as to study any ballot propositions.