Legislators Consider Early Voting

Legislators Consider Early Voting

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Legislators are considering allowing early voting up to two weeks before Election Day, and also may allow voting at grocery stores and malls.

One proposal would allow county clerks to consolidate dozens of voting precincts into one or more large central voting areas, such as at malls or sporting event halls.

State elections director Michael Cragun told a legislative committee yesterday that the changes would be more convenient for voters.

They also are seen as a way to save money.

Utah is getting 26 (M)million dollars to buy federally mandated electronic voting machines. That will buy about 75 hundred machines, but many more will be needed for voters to avoid long lines on Election Day.

However, not as many machines would be needed if residents could vote up to two weeks before Election Day and if they could do it anywhere in the county.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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