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Debbie Dujanovic reportingMany candidates are praying for snow this morning as it could keep their opponents' supporters away from the polls.

Dan Jones/Political Pollster: "Weather can affect turnout. People don't go out because it's just plain miserable."

In the race between Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson and challenger Frank Pigananelli pollster Dan Jones says the weather could hurt Pignanelli, who registered well with elderly people in his latest poll.

Of course, an endorsement from former candidate Molonai Hola could help Pigananelli with voter turnout on the west side.

It isn't just the weather that may end up swaying votes. In some cases people may have a hard time finding their polling places.

We're standing outside what is known as a "consolidated polling place," meaning several districts will be voting here. But for people who do not know their district has moved, it can be tricky.

But many of the canidates are just happy to be on the ballott at all.

In Draper, Peter Larkin and Summer Pugh were to have been taken off the ballot for failure to turn in campaign-finance forms by last Tuesday's deadline.

Larkin successfully argued that he mailed the proper information. But, Pugh, who said she thought she could file the information on Wednesday, lost a similar court challenge.

And she is not alone. In Spanish Fork, five of the six candidates missed the deadline but submitted their filings within a day and a half of the due date.

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