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What you need to know about same day voter registration

What you need to know about same day voter registration (Photo: Lisa Nico)

(KUTV) Eight Utah counties offer same-day voter registration.

If you are an eligible resident of Cache County, Weber County, Davis County, Salt Lake County, Miller County, Sanpete County, Kaine County, or San Juan County and have not yet registered to vote, there may still be time for your choice to count.

You may register to vote at polling locations in those counties.

Polls close at 8 pm. You must be in line to vote at that time in order to submit your ballot.

The University of Utah’s polling station at the J. Willard Marriott Library opened to a line of people at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

“I’m guessing that we’ve had several hundred at this point,” said spokesperson Heidi Brett. “We’re very, very busy.”

Sophomore Julia Alcox registered to vote hours before the polls closed.

"I was registered in a different district, so I'm going to register here, as well," she said.

The University of Utah’s campaign to encourage students to vote caught Alcox’s attention.

“For the past year or so, we’ve had them walking around campus, trying to just encourage students to vote. And I think that’s really important,” she said. “I think it’s really awesome, what the U’s doing!”

The Hillary Clinton supporter encouraged her peers to take advantage of the democratic process.

“I think it’s every student’s, not only right, but your privilege, to vote. And everyone should make their impact. Even if it’s just one vote, after seeing how many people are lined up right now, it could make an impact.”

Brett said the U was trying to make that process as simple as possible by streamlining the process and offering free parking on campus Tuesday.

“Any Salt Lake County voter or resident can come here and vote today. So you don’t have to be a student or faculty member,” she said. “Just come vote! We’re here. We’re open. And we’re just trying to make it as easy as possible for everybody.”

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