Sherrie Swensen – Salt Lake County Clerk

Sherrie Swensen – Salt Lake County Clerk
www.votesherrie.com
sherrieswensencountyclerk@gmail.com

Sherrie Swensen photoI have been honored to serve the citizens of Salt Lake County and I hope to continue in that service where I oversee the Marriage, Passport, Council Clerk and Election Divisions. As County Clerk, I have greatly expanded voter registration opportunities by implementing voter outreach drives at high schools, senior citizen centers and events. By offering a Permanent Vote-by-Mail Program, which now includes over 125,000 voters, and establishing numerous early voting locations, I have made it convenient and accessible for our citizens to vote.
My office website (www.clerk.slco.org) contains valuable information where voters can check their registration status, view a sample ballot for their precinct, find their Election Day polling location, track their vote-by-mail ballot, obtain a marriage license application, etc.
In 2014, I spearheaded legislation, Senate Bill 36 sponsored by Senator Karen Mayne, to protect voter registration records from being published on the Internet. I also proposed and lobbied for the passage of legislation in 1994, Emergency Absentee Ballots, which allows people who have been confined to a hospital or care center on Election Day to have a family member hand-carry a ballot to them. I asked for legislation to be sponsored and lobbied to change the State’s marriage law. After only three months in office, I realized there was a problem with Utah’s marriage law when a fourteen year-old was brought to Utah from Texas to marry a fifty-six year old man. I immediately asked for a legislative bill to be sponsored to change the existing law. After the law was changed, it required that a fourteen or fifteen year old interview with a juvenile court judge to determine if they were voluntarily entering into the marriage. Prior to the adoption of the new State Law, Utah was one of only three states in the Nation that allowed a child to marry with the consent of only one parent. Finally, the law was changed again in 1999 so fourteen year olds can no longer marry in Utah.
It is imperative to elect a county clerk who is experienced and dedicated to ensuring that elections are conducted efficiently, securely, openly and honestly. I would like to continue to serve the citizens of Salt Lake County and I am reapplying for my job.

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