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Elections director: Long lines may delay some Utah elections results

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas confirmed that initial state election results may be delayed in counties where long lines persist at polling places.

Thomas said his office is watching closely as long lines to vote persist in some areas, including Davis and Salt Lake counties, in case there is anyone still in line to vote when polls are scheduled to close at 8 p.m.

Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote, Thomas said, but no results will be released for counties where voting is ongoing.

Voters across the state were met with long lines to cast their ballots Tuesday. Election officials said Monday they were worried that hundreds of thousands of last-minute voters may jam up polling places on Election Day.

Some initial results are still expected at 8 p.m. from counties where voting is complete, Thomas said. The rest will be released as each county finishes voting.

Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said voting was expected to continue until 9 p.m. at some locations.

To avoid lines, Swensen suggested that anyone who still has a mail-in ballot at home should fill that out and bring it to a drop-off location.

Lines are also shorter, she said, at polling places in South Salt Lake and Midvale, as well as at Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, and the Sorenson Multicultural Center, 855 W. California Ave. (1300 South).

Swensen noted that fewer than 15,000 people utilized the county's 17 early voting locations.

Weber County Elections Director Ryan Cowley said all nine of the county's polling places are expected to still have voters in line when the polls close at 8 p.m. The station with the longest line, the Weber Applied Technology College, likely won't get everyone through until 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.

About 10,000 people will cast ballots in person in Weber County, which is in line with projections, but logistical issues processing provisional ballots and dealing with voter registration information has bogged down the process, Cowley said.


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