Utah County voters reported continued confusion at the polls Tuesday after more than 68,000 unaffiliated voters received incorrect mail-in primary election ballots. While unaffiliated voters could still cast ballots in the Republican 3rd Congressional District primary race, those who received the incorrect ballot had to bring that ballot to a polling station and choose to affiliate as a Republican to vote in the GOP primary. The situation was confusing for some voters who either discarded the ballot or already sent it in, not knowing their vote in the Republican primary would not be counted unless they went to the polls to affiliate with the party. Utah County elections officials made efforts to correct the issue and clear up confusion by sending out nearly 70,000 mailers, informing those unaffiliated voters that they could bring their ballots to the polls, affiliate with the Republican Party and cast a vote in the 3rd District race.
Lindon resident Joy Sidwell mailed in her ballot, thinking she had voted in the Republican primary election. But then she received a card in the mail from Utah County that made her think otherwise.
“There was all the stuff coming out saying everything was invalid,” she said.
It turned out that Sidwell, like thousands of other Utah County residents, received a Republican ballot even though she was not affiliated with any party.