For Immediate Release:
We, the Utah Republican Party, are aware that some Vote by Mail ballots in the upcoming Congressional District 3 Primary were erroneously sent to unaffiliated voters in addition to registered Republicans. I’ve been working closely with Mark Thomas, Director of Elections within the Lieutenant Governor’s office, as well as Bryan Thompson, Utah County Clerk/Auditor. I have received no information to cause me to think this is anything more than an unfortunate error. Also, please keep in mind this is the first time Utah County has conducted a Vote by Mail election. I am confident that all those involved in this matter are committed to a fair and open election.
At this time, Utah County is preparing a statement that explains the error made and their proposed resolution to this matter. Because each VBM envelope/ballot has a unique bar-code, it will be possible to separate registered republican ballots from those of unaffiliated voters. Any votes cast by an unaffiliated voter in the CD3 race will not be counted. As with any election, campaign poll watchers are encouraged to be present during the ballot separation process, as well as the ballot tallying process.
To further clarify, the Utah Republican Party, while working closely alongside the county clerks and the Lieutenant Governor’s office, does not run elections within the State of Utah. We are, however, committed to ensuring the integrity of the voting process is upheld.
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2017 Congressional District 3 Special Election
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