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3 S.L. VALLEY CITIES TO GET ELECTION HELP FROM COUNTY

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Three Salt Lake Valley cities will rely on the county for help with their elections this fall.

It's the first time the county has ever assisted in municipal elections, said Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. The county is running elections for Salt Lake City, Sandy and South Jordan.The county will have election night information for these cities in Room S1100 at the Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State.

The big advantage in letting the county run the election is its automated ballot counting system, sparing the cities the arduous task of counting ballots by hand.

That's no small task in Salt Lake City, for instance, which has 100,000 registered voters. Slightly less than half the registered voters participated in the last city election.

A second advantage is the county's trained election staff, Swensen said.

Salt Lake City will pay the county $40,000 for handling its elections, about $20,000 more than it usually pays the county for some election services. Overall, the city expects to save a few thousand dollars using the county's service.

"We're trying to break even and just provide the service as a consolidation of service," Swensen said.

Voters and candidates, who usually spending tense hours awaiting results on election night, should notice the difference as well. Results should be available much faster.