Monday was the deadline to postmark mail-in ballots

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NOTE: This story aired Monday, 8/14. The mail-in ballot deadline has since passed.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Most Utah counties are participating in vote-by-mail for Tuesday’s primary election, and there are some very important deadlines you need to know about to make sure your vote counts.

Tuesday night we will find out who walks away with the Republican nomination for the special election in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.

Jason Perry, the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics says the three way race is generating some buzz.

“Even though this is an election that is not happening on a regular cycle for the House of Representatives, people in Utah, 3rd District in particular are very interested in the outcome,” said Perry.

Voters will also narrow down municipal races across the state.

Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swenson says returns have been a little slow in her county.

As of Monday morning, turnout was about 22.5%, but she points out that’s high for a municipal primary.

“For a primary, that’s actually about double what we normally see if we weren’t vote-by-mail, and by the time we are through it will still be a greater turnout than we would see,” said Swenson.

In Utah, 22 counties participate in vote-by-mail. Those ballots must be post marked today in order to be counted.

At this point, Swenson recommends delivering it in person.

“If they’ve still got their ballot it would be safer for them to take it to one of our drop boxes throughout the county,” Swenson said.

You can drop off your ballot in person until 8pm Tuesday night.

Traditional voting is also an option. Polling centers are open from 7am to 8pm.

For more information on state wide polling locations and drop off boxes go to: vote.utah.gov

Or in Salt Lake County go to: got-vote.org

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