Voucher Referendum Drove High Turnout

Voucher Referendum Drove High Turnout

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Election officials say the ballot referendum on private-school vouchers brought out voters in large numbers and kept some polling places open after closing time.

Clerk Sherrie Swensen says voter turnout in Salt Lake County was nearly 40 percent, up from 15 percent or less for a typical off-election year. Statewide, voters soundly rejected the voucher program enacted by legislators and Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Swensen says many polling stations had long lines and that precincts in Riverton and Magna stayed open late.

In Weber County, elections coordinator Gloria Berrett called the turnout incredible, driven by Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey's race for re-election, which was too close to call.

------ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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