Early voting is off to a slow start in Cache County.
Through the late afternoon Monday, 325 people had cast early ballots in the Cache County Administration Building since early voting began there last Tuesday.
“We’re surprised there (hasn’t been) more interest in this particular primary, but it’s not surprising for a primary ... for it to be a lower turnout,” Sharon Hoth, Cache County deputy clerk, said Monday. “You know, you’ll get two or three voters, and then there’s a space. It isn’t like there’s somebody here all the time.”
Asked if officials in the clerk’s office were surprised there hasn’t been greater interest in early voting — given the buzz surrounding the Republican U.S. Senate primary and the GOP Utah House District 4 race — Hoth responded, “We really thought that there’d be a little higher interest.”
Early voting will continue at the Cache County Administration Building through this Friday, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for Friday, when it will run until 5 p.m.
On Monday, voters could start casting early ballots in Hyrum at the city offices (83 W. Main St.) and at the Smithfield Civic Center (40 E. 100 North). Early voting in both locations runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through this Thursday.
When Steven Ashment, a North Logan resident, stopped by the county’s Administration Building on Monday to vote early, nobody was waiting in front of him.
“It’s a good deal,” he said, noting he’s interested especially in the U.S. presidential race, the U.S. Senate race in Utah, and the state auditor’s contest.
The primary will be June 26.
The key local Republican races include Utah House of Representatives, State Legislative District 4, in which Ed Redd, a well-known community physician, faces incumbent Rep. David Butterfield. In the County Council race for Logan Seat No. 1, Eric Collins, a retired Logan police captain, squares off with incumbent Councilman Cory Yeates.
Other GOP contests include the presidential race (Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Fred Karger, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich), U.S. Senate (Dan Liljenquist and Orrin Hatch), state attorney general (John Swallow and Sean Reyes) and state auditor (John Dougall and Auston Johnson).
On the Democratic ballot, Ryan Combe faces Donna McAleer for U.S. Congressional District 1. And on the Constitution Party ballot, Kirk Pearson goes up against Brandon Nay for governor.