Election roundup: Four more years, incumbents to return in office
President Barack Obama won the election last night after winning Ohio and a majority of the Electoral College votes.
When The Signpost went to print deadline, 52.4 percent of the precincts reporting projected incumbent Gary Herbert and Greg Bell (R) to win the Utah governor election. Herbert and Bell had 68.91 percent of the popular vote, while Peter Cooke and Vincent Rampton (D) had 27.54 percent, according to www.vote.utah.gov election results.
For the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 race, which includes Weber and Davis counties, 65.5 percent of the precincts reporting had incumbent Rob Bishop (R) receiving 71.11 percent of the popular vote, while Donna McAleer (D) had 25.33 percent.
For the U.S. Senate race, 56 percent of the precincts reporting had incumbent Orrin Hatch (R) receiving 66.28 percent of the popular vote, while Scott Howell (D) had 29.32 percent.
Weber State University students and anyone registered to vote in Weber County could vote at the Dee Events Center yesterday, regardless of what city they registered in.
Aaron Newman, assistant director of WSU Student Involvement and Leadership, said it is important for students to be able to vote while on campus.
“This is the home for most students during the day and between classes, studying and extracurricular opportunities,” Newman said. “We really need to meet the students where they’re at so they can become part of this process.”
Conrad Dean, an 18-year-old senior at Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City who lives in Shadow Valley, came to WSU to vote. Dean said he was excited to vote in his first election and he discovered through a Google search that he could vote at WSU.
Newman said that, in the five years he’s been at WSU, polling has always been available for students and the public on campus.
“In the past years, we’ve done it here in the union, but when the general public showed up, they had to pay to park, so we moved it to the Dee so they don’t have to pay for the privilege to vote,” Newman said. “It was also hard for residents in the area who aren’t students to navigate the union.”
Stephanie Stephens, a poll worker who worked at the Dee Events Center, said that, after having such a good experience working at the polls for the first time, she wants to work at the polls during each election cycle from now on.
“We’ve had a consistent flow of people coming here to vote, a better turnout than we expected,” Stephens said. “There have been lots of Weber State students. A lot of them wanted to vote, but they live in other counties or aren’t registered to vote, so it’s sad because we had to turn some away.”
Chelsea Davis, a WSU criminal justice major, said she hoped Obama would win and that if Mitt Romney won, she didn’t know what she would do. She said that, although local elections were probably more important to state residents, in retrospect, she doesn’t learn as much about the candidates.
“In the end, they’re the people running for president, so we should probably pay more attention,” Davis said.