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Voters head to polls for Utah primary election: Here's what you need to know

People check in and register to vote in person at the Salt Lake County Government Center on Oct. 20, 2020. Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for Utah's primary election.

People check in and register to vote in person at the Salt Lake County Government Center on Oct. 20, 2020. Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for Utah's primary election. (Steve Griffin, KSL)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Voters headed to the polls for the Utah primary election on Tuesday.

All ballots had to be postmarked by Monday to be counted, but voters can still put that mail-in ballot in a secure drop box until 8:00 p.m.

Voters were spotted swinging by the official ballot drop box in Draper on Tuesday. Some voters cast their vote inside.

"For a primary, this is probably a little better than I would have expected," said David Richmond, vote center lead.

To participate in the primary, a person must be an affiliated voter. New and unaffiliated voters can still register for a political party at the polls Tuesday, as long as they bring along two forms of identification.

In Wasatch County, some hiccups made their way to the polls, including a reported issue with a ballot marking machine. However, the issue prompted a Facebook post from Republican Rep. Phil Lyman on Sunday, who said he was hearing reports of machine switching votes in the U.S. Senate race.

State Election officials said Monday the problem had to do with a small font size. Wasatch County officials said only two voters asked for help because of the small font size. Officials say all votes were recorded correctly, and the font size has been increased.

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In Draper, the vote center lead said there's little to no room for error that something goes wrong when counting ballots.

"Anybody's ballots that have already been mailed in and received and processed in the system shows up on our registration as already having been received, so they basically can't vote, or if they are convinced it was an error, they can vote what's called provisional, then the county will verify if there was an error," said Richmond.

Polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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