Utah Voters Registering in Big Numbers

Utah Voters Registering in Big Numbers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Voters are heading in droves to register as Utah approaches the November Second election.

Analysts say that could mean big turnout in response to a hotly contested presidential campaign and high-profile gubernatorial race.

Roughly a week before the October 25th walk-in registration deadline, the state's five most populous counties are reporting a 20 percent upswing in voter registration.

That means 200-thousand more filings than the total of one million in 2000.

Election staff members across the state have been scrambling to keep up with mail-in voter registration cards, and say interest in the election is greater than they have seen in years.

However, county clerks are quick to note that registrations don't always translate to votes. And they say some of the increase may be a reflection of population growth.

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

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