The Utah lieutenant governor’s office has instructed all county officials to wait until all Utahns have voted in person before releasing the election results.
Utahns looking for early election results Tuesday night could face delays due to new guidance from the state’s top election official.
In an email Monday, the office of Lt. gov. Deidre Henderson told all county officials’ offices statewide to wait before releasing election results “until EVERY voter is allowed to vote at EVERY polling center statewide.”
“We hope this won’t delay the release of the results too late, but the most important thing is that anyone can cast their ballot without being affected by preliminary results,” said Mark Mitchell, Utah director of electoral systems, in an E -Mail sent to the Salt Lake Tribune.
In a separate press release, Henderson said the first results would be released Tuesday night at 8 p.m. when all counties completed in-person voting.
“While I hope the results of the snap election will go live shortly after polls close at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, this guidance could impact the timing of Utah’s release of the results,” Henderson said in the release. “Eligible voters deserve the ability to cast their ballot without outside influence, including data from preliminary results.”
The guidance from Henderson’s office comes after delays in sending absentee ballots to voters in Carbon and Iron counties, which led to counties opening additional polling stations and expanding early voting. Monday’s email said the change would be made “in case we have long lines outside polling stations.”
Both Iron and Carbon counties suffered after a distribution mishap involving a company that distributed their ballots caused thousands of ballots to be delayed to their destinations.
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