County Clerk believes vote-by-mail worked well in Cache County

A Utah lawmaker says he will sponsor legislation to get rid of the vote-by-mail system now being used in most of the counties throughout the state. State Rep. Craig Hall says he wants to go back to the way elections used to be, when voters could request a mail-in or absentee ballot.

The Republican says he saw some of the longest polling lines in the last November election.

Cache County Clerk Jill Zollinger says a group in the state is meeting this week to review the election and decide what worked and what didn’t. However, Zollinger says she feels the mail-in vote worked well in Cache County, although a few people said they worried about fraud.

“We check every signature. A lot of people don’t believe that, but we do,” exclaims Zollinger. “We check every signature because we have people’s signatures on file. People that were registered from quite some time.

“We may not have when they registered but we have from when they voted previously. So we have those signatures, plus from when people update their registration, sign petitions, all sorts of different ways that we get signatures.”

Zollinger says it was a presidential election and that is when the turn-out is always better. Cache County had a huge turnout of more than 80%. Zollinger says some counties in the state had percentage turnouts above 90%.

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