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November 24, 2021



  • Nephi will get a new mayor, new council member in January

By Myrna Trauntvein
TN Correspondent

The mayor and the city council are the board of municipal canvassers for the city and, as such, they reviewed the canvass of the vote at Nephi City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Lisa Brough, city recorder/finance director, read the ordinance dealing with the canvass of the vote. Brough, as recorder, was the election official for the municipal election.

“The board of municipal canvassers shall meet to canvass the returns at the usual place of meeting of the municipal legislative body: for canvassing of returns from a municipal general election, no sooner than seven days after the election and no later than 14 days after the election,” she said.

According to the summary, in the race for mayor, incumbent Glade R. Nielson, received 273 votes in precinct 1 and 2, 400 votes in precincts 4 and 5, one provisional ballot, and four ballots after the election for a total of 679 votes and 41 percent of the vote.

Justin D. Seely, received 417 votes from precincts 1 and 2, 548 votes from precincts 4 and 5, two provisional ballots, two ballots after the election for a total of 969 votes and 59 percent of the votes.

In total, 1,647 votes were cast and Seely was declared the winner.

“We had a few provisional ballots,” said Brough.

In elections in the United States, a provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter’s eligibility that must be resolved before the vote can count.

“We had 12 ballots with late postmarks, so they were not counted,” she said. “They were not opened and are kept for a specified time, unopened.”

In addition, there were 12 invalid ballots that had either no affidavit, were not registered or the signatures didn’t match those on record.

Skip Worwood retained his council seat with 1,167 votes and 38 percent of the vote. He received 510 votes in precincts 1 and 2, 652 votes in precincts 4 and 5, no provisional ballots, 5 ballots after the election.

Jeramie L. Callaway received 275 votes in precincts 1 and 2, 559 in precincts 4 and 5, 2 provisional ballots and three ballots after the election for 839 votes for 27 percent and was declared the winner coming in second in the council race.

J.D. Parady received 347 votes in precincts 1 and 2, 361 in precincts 4 and 5, 2 provisional ballots and 1 after the election for 711 votes and 23 percent.

L. Nyle Robinson received 159 votes in precincts 1 and 2, 229 votes in precincts 4 and 5, 1 provisional ballot, 1 ballot after the election for 390 votes and 13 percent.

In the council election there were 3,107 ballots cast with 1,291 from precincts 1 and 2, and 1,801 from precincts 4 and 5.

“According to state law prior to the canvass, the election officer counts the ballots; prepares a certified summary of all ballots counted, and all ballots not counted, with an explanation regarding the reason the ballots were not counted; and makes those available to the board of canvassers for inspection if it is desired,” said Brough.

All ballots, registers, books, and forms related to the election are made available.

The board of canvassers, the mayor and council members, canvass the election returns by publicly reviewing the summary reports prepared by the election officer and any ballots, registers, books, or forms requested by the council as the board of canvassers.

They certify the votes cast: each person voted for and, once having begun the canvass, they must continue until it is completed.

“The winners of the election will be sworn in at the first council meeting in January,” said Brough.

Nathan Memmott, council member, made the motion to accept the findings of the canvass of the election and Larry Ostler, council member, made the second. All voted in favor.