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Deadline to register is Monday, early voting begins Tuesday

Published October 19, 2012 7:46 pm

High turnout in Utah expected due to Mitt's presence on ballot.
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The last chance to register for this year's general election is Monday — and early voting begins Tuesday.

"People who still want to register either need to do it in person [at their county clerk's office], or online" by 5 p.m. Monday, said Mark Thomas, state elections director for Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.

To register online, residents need either a Utah driver's license or state identification card with an address that is still valid, Thomas said.

Thomas said 90,366 Utahns registered to vote since the beginning of the year — about the same as the population of Sandy. About 1.49 million Utahns overall are currently registered to vote.

Early voting begins on Tuesday and continues through Nov. 2 in advance of the regular Nov. 6 election day. A list of locations statewide for early voting is also available online.

An extra attraction this year is that website will show how long waits are at each site. "So if lines are a little long at one location, people can go somewhere else," Thomas said. Most counties have multiple locations — for example, Salt Lake County has 21.

Utahns can already cast absentee ballots at county clerk offices.

Thomas expects a large turnout this year, in part because it is the first presidential election where one of the major-party nominees has significant ties to Utah, with former 2002 Olympics chief Mitt Romney heading the Republican ticket.

"We believe that will make a difference. Also with redistricting, we have a lot of competitive races this year, so we are expecting a really good turnout," Thomas said. "We've never hit 75 percent of registered voters participating, but I think we will surely hit that this year, and may hit 80 percent."

Besides the presidential race, Utahns this year will decide federal races for the U.S. Senate and four congressional seats; statewide races for governor, attorney general, auditor and treasurer; 75 Utah House seats and 16 state Senate seats; and numerous county races, judicial retention races and ballot propositions.

A list of what appears on ballots — as well as an electronic copy of the voter information pamphlet with information on candidates and ballot propositions —is also online.







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