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Utah County to Appoint Elections Czar

Utah County to Appoint Elections Czar

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(Provo-AP) -- Utah County commissioners will hire an elections coordinator.

The decision comes after Utah County lost track of 33 thousand ballots in the November election.

The problem -- a computer programming glitch -- wasn't discovered until nine days after the election by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah County Commissioner Jerry Grover says they want to make someone accountable for elections.

Clerk-Auditor Kim Jackson was relieved of that duty and told to concentrate on auditing. Now the county will hire another person.

When the 33 thousand ballots were finally counted, they didn't change any races.

Kristen Swensen is a worker in the clerk's office. She calls it woefully understaffed.

Swenson says Utah County has only two people to handle election returns. Salt Lake County has 13 people to do the job.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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