Election results challenged in Wayne County after clerk allegedly broke rules to help husband

Posted at 8:01 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 22:13:28-04

WAYNE COUNTY, Utah – Election officials in Utah are challenging recent primary election results in Wayne County based on the alleged impropriety of deputy county clerk and her husband, who was running for county commissioner.

According to court documents, a deputy clerk for the county allegedly used a voter database to call people and urge them to vote for her husband in the county commissioner race.

Coral Brinkerhoff is also accused of changing voter affiliations to allow people to vote in the Republican primary. The documents allege that her husband, David Brinkerhoff, also improperly used the voter database information to see who had not yet voted by mail, then call them to encourage them to vote for him.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox offered the following statement regarding the issue:

“As election officials the voters entrust us to ensure our elections are administered with the utmost integrity. Election misconduct will not be tolerated and will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Cox—in conjunction with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, the Wayne County Attorney’s Office and the Wayne County Clerk/Auditor’s office—has filed in 6th Judicial District Court to contest the outcome of the primary election.

The statement from Cox also indicates a criminal investigation is currently being conducted by several law enforcement agencies.