SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The 4th Congressional District is still too close to call.
On Thursday, a new set of numbers shows Ben McAdams leads incumbent Congresswoman Mia Love by just over 1,000 votes.
Love’s campaign, meantime, has filed a lawsuit against the Salt Lake County clerk.
“This lawsuit was really a surprise to me,” said Sherrie Swensen, Salt Lake County Clerk.
On Thursday, a judge heard that lawsuit, as Rep. Mia Love’s campaign is suing to halt the counting of ballots in Salt Lake County.
Swensen says that they’ve had dozens of poll watchers observe every step of the process — but that Love’s campaign wants the right to actually engage in that process, which Swensen says isn’t allowed by law.
“You can imagine what chaos it would be if we had campaigns, and candidates, standing over the people as they’re doing their work, and having a tug of war — saying I don’t agree, and I do agree,” said Swensen.
Also in question are affidavits. If a mail in ballot doesn’t match the record on file with the clerk’s office, the voter is sent an affidavit letter.
Currently, Swensen says that there are roughly 2,500 of those that are still not returned.
Love’s campaign claims the Salt Lake County affidavits are not up to code.
“It doesn’t make sense, because we have had those letters going out — that they’re complaining about — they’ve been going out since October 18th,” said Swensen.
The judge is expected to issue a written ruling in the case — though we are not sure when.
In the meantime, Swensen says that, by state law, the vote must be certified by the Board of Canvassers next Tuesday by 4 p.m.