Big voter turnout in ‘Vote By Mail’ election, county clerk says

Posted at 10:44 AM, Aug 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-13 12:44:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election exceeded past general elections, delighting election officials in Salt Lake County.

In Salt Lake City alone, Vote By Mail turnout was at 40% for the primary election. Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen told FOX 13 it was “unprecedented.” The numbers exceeded past general elections, she said. In Salt Lake County, Vote By Mail turnout was 32%, which was also up from past elections.

“Comparatively, we’ve had numbers of 13, 15 percent,” Swensen said. “This was a great success.”

This was the first year that the county pushed mail-in ballots almost exclusively (some polling places were still open). West Valley City and Taylorsville declined to do Vote By Mail. In West Valley City, voter turnout was 11.6% for its primary, Swensen said.