Drive-thru voting allows Davis County residents to cast ballots from cars

Posted at 1:44 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 15:44:24-05

FARMINGTON, Utah — Davis County voters are able to cast their ballots from the comfort of their own car this Election Day.

The Legacy Events Center in Farmington has been transformed into a drive-thru polling place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even before the polls opened at 7:00 a.m., dozens of cars were lined up and the people inside waiting for their chance to have a say in the future of their city, county, state and nation.

“Election Day is always exciting,” said Davis County Clerk-Auditor Curtis Koch. “2020 is no different.”

Voting in a pandemic certainly looks different.

“Normally we would have 15 polling locations throughout the county,” Koch said. “But this is the only location where we can do a drive-thru.”

For voters who have a signed and sealed ballot, it can be dropped off at the ballot box.

Those who need a ballot drive into the Legacy Events Center and check in.

“We issue a ballot and then they drive out to the north parking lot,” where they fill out the ballot Koch said. “Drive to another location, drop that ballot there in a drop box and then they go home.”

This is the second time Davis County has offered drive-thru voting.

“During the June primary we did this same set up but the difference we’re seeing today is in June we had about 5,800 people vote over here,” Koch said. “Only 800 people have requested ballots. 5,000 people dropped ballots. and so today what we’re seeing is I would say 99% are requesting a ballot and that’s why there are some lines. That happens in presidential elections.”

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have political signs and banners on your car, you will be asked to remove them before you get your ballot.

Election officials are following state code.