2019 Municipal Election
This year's municipal election will be held on November 5, 2019 to elect two (2) City Councilmembers for a 4-year term.
Declaration of Candidacy Filing period begins August 13 and runs through August 20.
On December 12, 2018 and again on April 10, 2019, the Vineyard City Council voted to participate in the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods pilot project for the 2019 Municipal Elections. This voting method is better known as ranked choice voting. Because of this decision and the changes in legislation this year, the declaration of candidacy period changes to August. The City Recorder’s office will be open:
- Tuesday August 13 thru Tuesday August 20 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – excluding weekends.
The doors close promptly at 5:00 PM on August 20. Please do not wait until the last minute to file.
Candidates must file in person unless:
- They will be out of the state or country during the entire declaration period. The candidate must send a representative with all of the forms filled out and signed. The candidate must be available by video chat while their representative is in the Election Office.
- A nomination petition is filed. Contact the Election Office for details.
To file in person:
- Prospective candidates must file in person at the Election Office (City Recorder’s Office) at 125 South Main Street, Vineyard, Utah during the filing period.
There is a $35.00 filing fee due at time of declaration.
Qualifications to run for office are:
- Must be 18 by the date of the election
- Be a registered voter of the municipality. (Vineyard, Utah)
- Be a resident of the municipality or a resident of the recently annexed area for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election.
- Any mentally incompetent person, any person convicted of a felony, or any person convicted of treason or a crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this state until the right to vote or hold an elective office has been restored as provided by statue (see UCA 20A-2-101.5).
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
Ranked choice voting is a nonpartisan electoral reform that gives voters the freedom to rank candidates in order of choice.
Rank candidates how you see fit
Instead of choosing TWO candidates, ranked choice voting allows voters to rank all candidates according to their preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).
In each round of ranked choice voting, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated. When a voter's number one choice is eliminated, their second choice is included in the count for the second round. This process continues until the final round.Please click on the video to see a demonstration of how ranked choice voting works.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
No primary election will be held this year because we will be running ranked choice elections.
Important Dates to Remember
August 13-20: Declaration of Candidacy Filing Period
September 3: The last day for a write-in candidate to declare candidacy
September 3: The last day for an eligible voter to file a request with the City Recorder to submit an argument for or against the RAP Tax
September 12: Ranked Choice voting demonstration
October 6: The last day a resident can establish residency and vote in the Vineyard 2019 General Election
October 7: The last day the county will accept mail-in voter registration for the 2019 General Election. Voter registration forms must be postmarked by this date.
October 15: Ballots mailed out. If you have not received your ballot by October 21 please contact the Utah County Election Office at 801-851-8128.
October 15: Ranked Choice voting demonstration
October 29: The last day the county will accept in-person or online voter registration for the General Election. To register to vote online go to www.vote.utah.gov
November 4: The last day to mail your ballot. Ballot envelope must be postmarked on or before this date.
November 5: Election Day. Election Service Centers will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. To vote in Vineyard, the Election Service Center is located at 125 South Main Street. You may vote any Election Service Center in the county. Please check the Utah County website for locations.
November 19: Canvass and Certification of election results
January 6: Newly-elected Councilmembers are sworn in and take office.
Military and overseas voters please go to the following website for further information on registering and voting. https://voteinfo.utah.gov/military-and-overseas-voters/