General election ballots will begin to arrive in the mail this week
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Ballots for the November 8 General Election will begin to arrive at mailing addresses in San Juan County this week as the final stages begin for the election season.

There are a number of state, federal and local races on the ballot, including a new President of the United States.

San Juan County officials state that all registered voters should receive a ballot in the mail. They can vote any time between the arrival of the ballot and election day. Ballots must be mailed back to the San Juan County Clerks office by November 7, 2016.

Citizens can register to vote up through election day.

In addition to the mailed ballots, there will be voting on election day at locations in Monticello, Montezuma Creek, Oljato and Navajo Mountain.

Polling locations include the Montezuma Creek fire station, the Oljato Senior Center, the Navajo Mountain Chapter House, and the San Juan County Clerks Office in Monticello.

San Juan County is involved in an ongoing lawsuit regarding elections. The on-site voting of election day was not available in the most recent general election handled by San Juan County.

There has been some confusion regarding voting districts for the San Juan School Board. As part of another lawsuit, the districts were adjusted early in 2016 in order to create five districts of equal size. Voters will elect members of the school board in three of the five districts.

The San Juan Record is running candidate profiles in the weeks leading up to the general election. Profiles of candidates for the Utah State legislature are included on page 4 of this issue.

Candidates for statewide office will be profiled in the October 19 issue, while candidates for county-wide office will be profiled on October 26.

Candidates for federal office and the San Juan School Board have been profiled in previous issues. The profiles can be accessed online at the San Juan Record website, at www.sjrnews.com.

Local officials are confident that the voting rsults will be secure and state there is no chance election results will be compromised by computer hackers.

This is partially because of the mailed ballots and the fact that the election system is not connected to the internet or any other networks.

They add that the voting machines at polling places are secure since they are not connected to any computer network. There are no modems, network cards, or wi-fi capabilities.
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