SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Auditor’s Office identified problems that plagued the 3rd Congressional District primary election in august and issued recommendations on how to improve.
State Auditor John Dougal pointed out errors that included clerks sending the wrong ballots to voters and that the secrecy of all ballots was not ensured. The errors were outlined in letters released on Tuesday that were sent to the state’s top election official.
More than 68,000 unaffiliated voters in Utah County were sent Republican ballots in July. Dougal says that county officials did not fully understand the intricacies of Utah’s Voter Information and State Tracking Application database so improper mailing lists were generated.
Concerns were also outlined that ballots were not always kept secret and that security envelopes or sleeves could fix the problem.