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Numbers are in on how many Utahns have voted early



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Across the country, and here in Utah, early voting is the top choice for plenty of people.

This is only the second election in Utah in which voters could get out and cast early ballots with no special conditions, and it's a huge hit.

Before Election Day even dawns Tuesday, around 30 percent of the state's registered voters will have cast their ballots. More than 56,000 mail-in ballots have already arrived.

Up-to-date state numbers show over 320,000 voters have already voted -- 100,000 in Salt Lake County alone.

Over the last couple of weeks, voting lines have been long across the state. But we ran an unscientific Web poll this afternoon on KSL.com and found that people weren't waiting too long.

As of 6:30 p.m., many people said they didn't even wait 15 minutes, and about 40 percent said they waited 30 minutes or more.

Most of the feedback from viewers and voters has been positive. People like having more options to vote.

This year, Salt Lake County still expects 80 percent turnout; 84 percent is the county record, set back in 1992.

Statewide, the expectation is 75 percent, but we might get 80 percent. Early turnout suggests there is a lot of excitement to vote.

You can still vote at the Salt Lake County Government Center tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in what's called "in-office absentee voting."

Other counties offer that also. Check with your clerk to make for dates and times.

E-mail: jboal@ksl.com

Jed Boal

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