PROVO — Six candidates who have dropped out of their political races or were disqualified are still appearing on Utah County's primary election ballots.
Though Utah County election officials have worked to keep an up-to-date list of its candidates, six candidates either dropped out of or were disqualified from local municipal races after the ballots were printed, leaving the county with no time to reprint and reissue ballots before the Aug. 14 mail-in deadline.
American Fork City Council candidate Bill Houlin, Eagle Mountain City Council candidate Tyler Shimakonis, Highland City Council candidate Kevin Braddy and Pleasant Grove City Council candidate Roy Spindler all still appear on the Utah County primary election ballots despite having dropped out of their respective races.
Eagle Mountain City Council candidate Brett Mansfield and Pleasant Grove City Council candidate Carrie Hammond were disqualified from their races for not turning in their financial disclosures, according to Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson.Comment on this story
Thompson said the respective cities are supposed to notify voters of which candidate has withdrawn as well as post their names at vote service centers in each city.
Votes for withdrawn candidates are not counted, he said. "That's what's so unfortunate about our process."
With Utah County's new vote-by-mail election process, he said every effort is made by the county to keep voters informed. Thompson said some responsibility also lies with the candidates who withdrew for whatever reason and need to keep their supporters informed.
Voters with additional concerns may contact the county's election office at 801-851-8128.