While it is an off year election in San Juan County, there is considerable local interest in the races, which include municipal elections in Monticello and Blanding, ballot initiatives to incorporate in Bluff and allow alcohol sales in Blanding, and a special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Profiles of the primary election candidates are included in this issue of the San Juan Record, with the five candidates for two four-year positions on the Blanding City Council on page three, the three candidates for a two-year position on the Blanding City Council on page 5, and Republican candidates for the US House of Representatives on page 7.
Residents 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 August 14, 2017.
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 2014 recent general election handled by San Juan County.
In a recent hearing regarding the lawsuit, it is reported that the federal judge stated that the processes followed in the 2014 election would not be a part of the ongoing lawsuit.
Local officials are confident the voting results 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.
CANDIDATE PROFILES 4-year term, Blanding City Council
2-year term, Blanding City Council
U.S. Congress, Republican Party