Utah’s 29 Counties Finalize Election Results

Nov 17, 2020, 8:02 PM | Updated: 8:18 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Many of the Beehive State’s 29 counties were celebrating increased voter turnout as they submitted their final vote totals to the state election office on Tuesday, exactly two weeks after Election Day.

Statewide, voter turnout was estimated to be at 87%, according to Utah Elections Director Justin Lee. A final number will be released in the coming days once the state canvass is complete.

Along the Wasatch Front, voter turnout approached or surpassed 90% in several counties.

“I literally did not have any scenario in my head that we would reach a 90% voter turnout,” said Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner. “In my mind, our cap was going to be around 80%. If we had had 83%, I would have been shocked.”

Utah County reported a turnout of 89.6%, far exceeding the last general election’s turnout of 74.4% in 2016.

“I think the big message for the rest of the country is that a mail-in election doesn’t have to be a mess,” Powers Gardner said. “It can be a smooth process. It can bring confidence to the voters.”

In Davis County, turnout was even higher at 90.5%. During the November election four years ago, the county had a turnout of 88.2%.

In Salt Lake County, final voter turnout reached 90.1% when the results were finalized on Tuesday, also surpassing the county’s 2016 turnout of 83.7%.

“It’s amazing to me,” said Salt Lake County Election Manager Jenn Fowler of the voter turnout. “It makes me feel good, though, it really does. With everything that’s been going on I’m glad that people still voted.”

Fowler said the 2020 election cycle was extremely unique because of the pandemic and the resulting nationwide scrutiny on the vote-by-mail process.

“It’s been a long haul for us all,” she said. “This year was different because we had to do a lot of workarounds and we had to hire a lot of help to get us through this.”

Election workers had to practice social distancing and other health precautions all while facilitating in-person voting and the processing of hundreds of thousands of mail-in and paper ballots.

“It was a great risk and we are very, very indebted to them for that,” Fowler said.

In Utah County, Powers Gardner said her office had to recruit more election workers that were outside of the high-risk health category.

“The heroics of a younger generation stepping up to become of a poll worker — learning an entirely new process,” she said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Elections

An upcoming ballot initiative will have Utah voters decide if the State government should have more...
Shelby Lofton

What Utah voters should know about Constitutional Amendment A

An upcoming ballot initiative will have Utah voters decide if the State government should have more money during emergency situations.
5 months ago
FILE: Independent candidate Evan McMullin  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)...
By Devan Cole, CNN

Utah Democrats back independent as US Senate candidate

The Utah Democratic Party on Saturday threw its support behind the independent candidacy of former presidential contender Evan McMullin to take on GOP Sen. Mike Lee.
11 months ago
FILE PHOTO -- Virginia residents vote at the Fairfax County Government Center on November 02, 2021 ...
Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Davis County offers election security town hall and tour

FARMINGTON, Utah — With the Utah Legislature addressing voter confidence, and with far too little voter fraud discovered to make a difference in the 2020 election, Davis County officials are continuing efforts to be transparent in its election process. The county is holding a series of election integrity events, including one Wednesday night, to provide […]
12 months ago
Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio

Follow the Ballot: How Utah ballots are tabulated and audited

In the second of a two-part series, learn how Utah ballots are tabulated and audited to assure accuracy and election security.
1 year ago
Rep. Burgess Owens (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican Nationa...

Burgess Owens, Blake Moore Sworn Into Office

Utah representatives Blake Moore and Burgess Owens have been sworn into office.
2 years ago
LEFT: Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah. (Photo: James Wooldridge, Deseret News). RIGHT: 4th Congressional D...
Josh Ellis & Andrew Adams, KSL TV

McAdams Concedes 4th Congressional District Race To Owens

Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams has conceded the 4th Congressional District race to Republican challenger Burgess Owens.
2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Utah’s 29 Counties Finalize Election Results