Cox, Henderson visit vote processing centers with polls open until 8

Nov 8, 2022, 1:49 PM | Updated: 2:53 pm

PROVO, Utah — With voting underway, Utah’s Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and Gov. Spencer Cox made stops at vote processing centers on Tuesday morning.

Henderson oversees Utah elections which meant Tuesday is one of, if not her busiest day of the year.

She said once the polls close, they are not going to release any preliminary results until certain all voters in line at 8 p.m. have actually voted, even though could take a little time.

The reason is she said they do not want to release data early so as not to sway anyone who may have been in line during that window.

If there are no long lines at 8 p.m., she said that data will be released sooner rather than later.

Lt. Gov.’s office asks Utah counties not to post results until all polls close

Making a stop at the Utah County vote processing center, Henderson said she is trusting the process, calling the Utah County vote processing center a “really impressive shop” and “great system.”

She credited that system to polling workers who process ballots and verify people’s signatures as well as those serving as poll watchers who are offering extra eyes as a check and balance system that things are going the way they should.

All of these elements she said aid her confidence in the process.

“Everything I have seen, it gives me a lot of assurance and hope that things are gonna turn out just the way we expect them to, which is that every eligible voter’s vote will count, and it will count accurately and fairly,” said Henderson.

Cox made his way to Salt Lake County.

Urging people to get out and vote, he addressed the shipping issues that left many voters in Carbon and Iron counties without a mail-in ballot this year.

How to vote and when to expect results: What you should know about Election Day

He said since that happened, the counties have stepped up. He said he is not concerned about the process missing a beat.

He said Iron County has since opened new sites, and the county is seeing the number of early voting rise significantly even though those ballots were not sent out.

“We are a vote-by-mail state, but we are also an Election Day state, so people can show up vote they can register to vote on Election Day,” Cox said.

Henderson and Cox both pushed that your vote matters.

Henderson mentioned, if you are strapped for time and want to cast your vote, your employer must give you a couple of hours to vote as a requirement in statute.

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Cox, Henderson visit vote processing centers with polls open until 8