Many cities in Utah have opted for mail-in voting in their municipal elections this year. While some cities have seen success in the past, the Salt Lake County Election Office is working out some kinks with duplicate ballots being sent out. “If someone registers with a different name or whatever, they could possibly receive a duplicate ballot,” said Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. Swensen reminds anyone who receives a duplicate ballot to only vote once, as duplicate voting is considered a class A misdemeanor and is punishable with up to one year in prison.
“We go through the very labor-intensive efforts of verifying each signature on that affidavit against the voter’s voter registration record signature,” she said.
The City of Lehi is joining dozens of other cities in Utah that have opted for voting by mail in their municipal elections this year.
“Our voter turnout is typically about 12 percent,” said Teisha Wilson, deputy city recorder with Lehi City. “We’re hoping to double that, to at least 24 -25 percent, maybe even more. We can always hope.”