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Early Voting in Utah Going Smoothly

Early Voting in Utah Going Smoothly

Posted - Oct. 29, 2004 at 5:34 p.m.



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John Daley ReportingA day after a milestone court ruling putting Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Ellis Ivory back on the ballot, the clerk's office was doing routine tests of election equipment.

Some Utahns have already begun voting and the rest are looking forward to voting next Tuesday, without a hitch.

With Election Day now four days away we went out in search of a sample of public opinion about the race that's occupied so much time this fall--the county Mayor's race. Yesterday the state's highest court issued a legal decision with major political impact, putting Republican Ellis Ivory's name back on the ballot.

Today election officials were testing ballot counting machines. They say all systems are "go."

Julio Garcia, Salt Lake County Clerk's Office: “It’s been an extraordinary amount of work, but we’re prepared for all possible scenarios, including what the supreme court decided on yesterday.”

Today we took an unscientific sampling of public opinion on the streets of Salt Lake. Some raised eyebrows about Nancy Workman's doctor's letter.

Eleanor Willhard: “So you question the validity of the doctor’s not? Of course, doesn’t everybody?”

Matt Murdoch: "Was she really ill? Who was the doctor who really signed the note? I really don't know. I'd just like to really move ahead."

Some questioned Democrats’ motives in suing to keep Ivory off the ballot.

Ann-Marie Liddell: "I guess I don't see the big concern of why does it matter to the other party so much if he's on the ballot or a write-in."

Others questioned GOP efforts to replace Workman.

Jerilyn Millard: "I just think it's kind of ridiculous that Ivory is allowed to come on the ballot at the last minute and nobody knows anything about him."

Another calls the whole situation confusing.

Laura Murdoch: "I don't know enough about either of the candidates really to know who I'm going to vote for."

Many say although they haven't even voted yet, they are already suffering from election fatigue.

Eleanor Willhard: “Oh, very much so! I’ll be glad after Tuesday’s over.”

Early voting in Salt Lake County continues from 9 to 3 tomorrow and on Monday at the county government complex.

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