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During the 2016 presidential primary election, the City of Farmington processed 824 absent voter (AV) ballots.Already this year, Clerk Mary Mullison said, her office has issued more than 1,800. She expects the number to top 2,000 and, on Monday, council members unanimously approved a contract for services to help process them.Mullison explained that Oakland County has offered to run ballots through their high-speed scanners. She said some election workers have decided not to participate due to age or health issues, so this would free up those who typically spend Election Day processing AV ballots to work in polling places.The county’s services are free of charge, and the city will save about $1,300 that would have been paid to AV board workers.While all six polling stations will remain open, Mullison said, “We like to encourage people to vote absentee to keep people safe and keep our election workers safe, too.”Mayor Pro Tem Joe LaRussa noted that the county will pick up only those ballots cast by 4 p.m. on the day before the August 4 primary and asked how many Mullison expected on Election Day. Based on a 8 percent return in the March primary, she said, the 25-50 ballots per precinct could easily be processed at polling places.Mullison said security measures won’t vary from any other election. “It’s the same thing, it’ll just be transported a few extra miles.”There’s still time to apply for and receive an absent voter ballot. Visit farmgov.com/City-Services/City-Clerk/Election-Information/August-4,-2020-Primary-Election.aspx to learn more. Reported by jonihubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
For fifth place, Jazz deserve a medal We pros want to compete — it’s our opportunity to show the coach we deserve to play. – Shelvin MackSALT LAKE CITY —– Maybe Jazz coach Quin Snyder didn’t care that much if his team won Wednesday night in Utah’s season finale, but guys like Shelvin Mack, Alec Burks and Jeff Withey certainly weren’t about to let the Jazz lose when they had a chance to make a difference.Those three players rank 10th, 12th and 13th, respectively, in total minutes played this year for the Jazz, but they led a late-game surge to give the Jazz a victory in their last game of the year.Mack scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the final quarter, while Burks hit a key 3-pointer and Withey scored three points and came up with a big block and a huge rebound at the end.“You always want players to stay connected and invested to have an opportunity to play and those guys stepped up and competed and that’s obviously what you want,” said Snyder. “The thing that was good about this was that every one of those guys made plays.”After three quarters of serious basketball, Snyder decided to turn the game into a preseason exhibition game and keep his starters on the bench in the final quarter. He explained afterward that he didn’t want any of his main players to get injured at the end and it didn’t hurt to give them some extra rest as no one played more than 28 minutes on the night.That allowed the Spurs, who let four of their five starters play early in the final quarter to catch the Jazz after trailing the entire game, before clearing their bench except for starting center Dewayne Dedmon.San Antonio had taken its first lead since the third minute of the game at 90-89 on a basket in the lane by Dejounte Murray with 3:55 left. Mack came back with a layup to put the Jazz ahead. Then Withey blocked Dedmon at the other end and Mack hit Withey with a lob for a dunk.The Spurs went back ahead on a four-point play by Davis Bertans, only to see Mack answer with a 3-pointer from the right angle. Bertans hit a three after which Burks, who had just come in the game a couple of minutes earlier for the first time, sank a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Jazz up for good. Mack added a free throw as did Withey after he rebounded a missed three by Bertans.“It meant a lot,” said Mack of the victory. “We pros want to compete — it’s our opportunity to show the coach we deserve to play.”“We definitely wanted to win — it was a great game,” added Withy. “Towards the end when all the guys came in we all knew it was a big game and we still had a chance to get the homecourt if everything fell in alignment for us. We always wanted to get a win for the fans who came out.” Related How to watch the Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA playoffs series Jazz end season with fun win over Spurs, finish fifth in West