General election races culminate November 8
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Voting will continue in San Juan County up to November 8 in an election that includes local, state and federal races.

Registered voters in San Juan County should receive a ballot in the mail. Those who vote by mail should return the ballot by Monday, November 7.

Voters can vote in person on Tuesday, November 8 at four locations in the county, including Monticello, Montezuma Creek, Monument Valley and Navajo Mountain.

The only local partisan race in the county is for the Commission, where incumbent Bruce Adams seeks a fourth term.

There are three races for the San Juan School Board, with James Muhlestein and Lori Maughan running in the Monticello and north area, Merri Shumway and Kari Bake running in the northern areas of Blanding and Ucolo, and Steven Black and Cody Nielson running in the southern areas of Blanding and south.

Local races for spots in the Utah State legislature pits Mike Noel against Ty Markham in the House of Representatives and David Hinkins facing Heidi Redd in the Senate.

State races include the Governor, Attorney General, Auditor and Treasurer. Races for the US Senate are between Mike Lee and Misty Snow and for the House of Representatives between Jason Chaffetz and Stephen Tryon.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off for US President in a race that has seen a strong run in Utah by independent candidate Evan McMullin.

There were a number of errors in the initial general election ballot and the San Juan County Clerk’s office scrambled to provide correct ballots for voters.

The problem is in the South Monticello precinct and includes ballot errors with races for County commissioner and the San Juan School Board.

For voters in the South precinct and within Monticello, the ballot did not correctly list the school board race. There were 357 ballots that were misprinted with this error.

For voters in the South precinct outside of city limits and East of Highway 191, the ballot did not correctly list the County commission race. There were 68 ballots that were misprinted with this error.

San Juan County Clerk John David Nielson reports that new ballots were printed and mailed on Thursday, October 27.

Nielson adds that any completed ballots that are received from the misprinted batch will be held.

Initially, ballots were scheduled to be mailed October 11. They were delayed several days and mailed on October 18.

Nielsen assumed responsibility for the errors and said his staff is working hard to minimize the impact. San Juan County is in several federal lawsuits regarding voting rights, including cases that may result in changes to commission and school district voting districts.
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