SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After some voters waited for two hours or more to cast ballots on Tuesday, a Utah lawmaker is working on legislation to allow county clerks to add more polling places in the days before an election.
West Valley City Republican Sen. Daniel Thatcher says he watched voters give up at his polling place because they couldn't wait for hours. It was one of two polling places in West Valley City and 37 in Salt Lake County.
The county was one of 21 in Utah that conducted their election mostly by mail. Voters were automatically mailed a ballot and fewer in-person polling centers were set up.
Thatcher is working on legislation to allow clerks to set up additional polling places in the days leading up to an election if fewer mailed ballots are being returned than officials had expected.