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Hours before polls close, Utah processes more ballots than in all of 2016

It is now official as Utahns have voted in record numbers in 2020, with hours remaining until the polls close on Election Day.
Election 2020 Utah
Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 14:28:44-05

SALT LAKE CITY — It's official: Utahns have voted in record numbers in 2020, even with hours remaining until the polls close on Election Day.

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At 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, the Utah Elections Department announced that a record 1,152,383 ballots had been processed for this year's elections. In 2016, a total of 1,124,206 ballots were processed for the entire election.

And that number doesn't reflect the total number of people who have submitted their ballots — the site says the ballots received by county clerks' offices but not yet processed are not included in the tally.

In Utah, a ballot is considered "processed" when a county clerk's office worker has opened the envelope, verified the signature, confirmed the eligibility of the ballot and deposited it in preparation for counting.