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Today is the last day to register to vote in most Utah counties

Eight counties allow registration on Election Day at the polls

SALT LAKE CITY — Today is the last day for Utahns to register to vote for the Nov. 8 general election, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox reminded voters at a press briefing Tuesday at the Utah State Capitol.

"Register to vote and vote early. That's our main message," said Cox, whose office oversees elections.

Registration will be accepted online until midnight at voter.utah.gov or until end of business at county clerk's offices.

Mail ballots must be postmarked by the post office by Monday, Nov. 7, the day before Election Day.

Voters also can still register at the polls on Election Day in eight counties — Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Cache, Kane, Millard, San Juan and Sanpete.

Voters who aren't sure whether they're registered can contact their county clerk or call the Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office at 800-995-VOTE.

In early voting, just over a fifth of registered voters in Utah, 21.1 percent, have cast ballots thus far, state officials said.

As of Tuesday morning, 298,476 ballots have been processed by county clerks, 86 percent of which were ballots by mail. Meanwhile, 34,062 were cast in person via early voting, according to the state elections office.

Cox called the early numbers of ballots cast "a little underwhelming."

Anecdotally, it appears "people are having a hard time making up their minds," Cox said.

Cox said he had completed his own ballot but had not had time to mail it. He would not comment who he would vote for in the presidential race, although he had earlier said he would vote for neither GOP candidate Donald J. Trump nor Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

So far, 30 percent of registered Democrats have returned their ballots statewide, compared to 20 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of unaffiliated voters.

In Utah, there are more than 1.3 million registered voters who are considered active voters, up slightly from the previous presidential election when there were 1.2 million registered, active voters, said Mark Thomas, the state's elections director.

Some 325,00 Utahns have accessed vote.utah.gov to find their voting information in the past month.

In Salt Lake County, 34 percent of mail ballots have been returned to the clerk's office, said Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen.

Swensen said the county has 500,000 registered active voters. On Monday, 5,000 additional voters registered to vote, "but obviously, they haven't received their ballots yet," she said.

Statewide, 6,000 new voters registered online Tuesday, according to Thomas. Some 50,000 had registered in the past week, suggesting great interest in the unprecedented race, he said.

Twenty-one counties are conducting elections by mail — Beaver, Cache, Davis, Duchesne, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Uintah, Wasatch, Wayne and Weber.

By now, ballots should have been delivered to voters. Anyone who has not received their by-mail ballot should contact their county clerk.

Contributing: Katie McKellar

Email: marjorie@deseretnews.com