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Judge hears Love campaign petition in court

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WEST JORDAN (ABC4 News) – The Mia Love campaign has petitioned the courts to halt ballot counting in Salt Lake County over what they allege are code violations within the county clerk’s office. 

Judge James Gardner heard the case Thursday and called a recess after almost two hours of testimony, saying that he would release his decision soon and in writing. 

The Love campaign contests in the lawsuit they want the county to stop ballot counting so they have the opportunity to analyze and challenge signatures on mail-in ballots. Utah code is clear that people are allowed to watch ballot counting but cannot intervene; the Love campaign would like to give watchers the power to contest signature matching decisions made by the county clerk’s office. 

Additionally, in court, the Love campaign said that the voter affidavits distributed to correct a faulty or insufficient ballot are not in compliance with Utah code and asked the judge to require the county clerk to correct them by adding additional attestation and voter identification information. 

Watch the full report above to hear a rebuttal from Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. 

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