I'm confused by the math in Chris Smart's "Utah voters turned out in large numbers" (Tribune, Nov. 7). He reported that "the Lt. Governor's Office had counted 1,513,241 ballots, or about 71 percent of the 1,284,170 active registered voters those who have voted in the past few elections."
But 1.5 million is 117 percent of 1.2 million. Looks like someone's been stuffing the ballot box.
Regardless, even though Utah's government calculates turnout as a percentage of "active registered voters" (to boost its sagging numbers), the national standard for comparison is to calculate turnout as a percentage of total eligible voters over 18, registered or not.