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LOA, Utah (AP) — A southern Utah county official is accused of using her position to help her husband win the primary race for county commissioner.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox filed a lawsuit in 6th District Court Friday in which he alleges Wayne County Deputy Clerk Coral Brinkerhoff tried to manipulate the Republican primary in David Brinkerhoff's favor.

The suit also calls for overturning the election results.

County Clerk Ryan Torgerson and Gary Hallows, who lost last month's race by 55 votes, joined in the lawsuit's filing.

According to the suit, Coral Brinkerhoff improperly changed voter affiliations so they could receive Republican ballots in the closed primary.

She also allegedly improperly accessed voter databases.

The Brinkerhoffs did not immediately respond to calls requesting comment.

Cox's office says Coral Brinkerhoff could face criminal charges.

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