Pre-Election Day Turnout Is A Mixed Bag In Northern Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) – With mail in ballots and early voting the 2016 election got underway well before November 8th.

Art Raymond dropped off his ballot early Monday at the Salt Lake County building to avoid any potential problems on election day.

“I’d just as soon not wait in line,” Raymond said. “It’s an easy errand to run and it feels good to have gotten our job done.”

But not as many Salt Lake County voters as expected have gotten it done according to County Clerk Sherrie Swensen.

“The ballots returned are not nearly as many as we had hoped at this point and time,” Swensen told ABC4 Utah News Monday. “We had early voting at 17 locations throughout the county over a two week period, and the turnout at in person early voting was very slow.”

Utah County does not have mail-in ballots but Clerk/Auditor Bryan Thompson says the turnout for early voting was “huge” and he expects about 70 percent of registered county residents to vote.

“We’ve already had on our projected turnout between early voting and absentee balloting about 1 in 4 voters have already voted in Utah County,” Thompson said.

Residents of eight counties: Cache, Davis, Kane, Millard, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete and Weber can still register on election day with a valid ID and proof of residency like a utility bill.

Wherever you vote, leave your campaign items at home. Wearing shirts, hats and buttons is considered electioneering and it’s a misdemeanor.

“If any paraphernalia, shirt, hat or anything has a candidate’s name on it or is promoting a ballot issue like Vote Yes or No, For or Against, those individuals will be asked to cover that up or if it’s on a T-shirt, turn it inside out,” Thompson said.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Thompson said that anyone still in line at 8 will be allowed to vote.

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