County Officials to Turn Over Election Files to GOP

County Officials to Turn Over Election Files to GOP

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Salt Lake County officials have agreed to turn over copies of its computer files from the 2002 election to the Republican Party.

The files show the punch positions of all 222-thousand, 381 ballots cast.

The Salt Lake District Attorney's Office determined that the files could be released.

County GOP officials say they requested the files so they could study the returns and see where to bolster their campaign efforts.

County party chairman John Solomon says the request was not based on an earlier allegation by Republican clerk candidate Keith Prows that something must have been awry in his 50 thousand-vote loss to three-term incumbent Democrat Sherrie Swensen.

He was quoted in a copyright story in The Salt Lake Tribune.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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