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Utah hospitals coordinate with families to handle inpatients' ballots

Posted at 2:04 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 16:04:20-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Every vote counts – even from a hospital bed.

At University of Utah Health, patients are given absentee ballots to sign – and then a family member is responsible for delivering the ballot to a county clerk.

“We put it in a sealed plastic bag and we give that to a family member,” said University of Utah Health spokeswoman Kathy Wilets.”We ask that they wait at least 72 hours before they drop that off.”

Patients at Intermountain Healthcare facilities are following a similar process.

“We will actually allow, encourage our staff member or caregiver at the bedside to provide the ballot to them and they can deliver it to the family member in the lobby,” said Intermountain Healthcare spokesman Bill Barnes.

With a few days left until Election Day, it’s important you have a personal representative or family member deliver your ballot to a county drop box to ensure it gets there on time.