Despite a few minor incidents, Utah's AG Office says Tuesday's election went well

Posted at 12:51 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 14:51:25-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The votes have now been cast and while some of the ballot counting continues, officials say Tuesday’s election in Utah was a fairly smooth operation.

On many levels of state government and law-enforcement, the old adages like “better safe than sorry” and “be prepared” seemed to pay off Tuesday, especially with a record number of Utahns voting.

Working in conjunction with local law enforcement, the Utah Attorney General set up a tip line and email if voters had concerns or complaints.

Officials say there were a few people concerned about things like poll workers not wearing masks and later in the day a few instances of armed individuals showing up near ballot drop sites, but they say those were quickly addressed and overall, election day 2020 was smooth sailing.

“Utah traditionally does really really well in election years as far as getting the ballots in, everyone being safe, no reports of attempted fraud, or violence or intimidation,” said Richard Piatt with the Utah Attorney General’s Office. “And this year it was no exception, we did really really well.“

Piatt went on to say that the AG’s Office is always ready, willing and able to help local law-enforcement. Still, when there are issues, concerns or complaints, local law enforcement is your first line of defense.

One of the things that helped cut down on complaints or concerns is that so many Utahns now vote by mail or they vote early and that helps cut down on the long lines and any potential drama on Election Day.