POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

County clerks in Utah are leaving, one county clerk explains why

Oct 28, 2022, 9:00 AM
County clerk in Utah, Ricky Hatch is pictured...
Ricky Hatch, Weber County Clerk, looks over casted ballots in Ogden on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Election administrators across the country are leaving their jobs in large numbers, according to a new Boston Globe report.

Weber County Clerk Ricky Hatch told KSL at Night it’s true here in Utah too.

Hatch said part of the reason so many clerks have left is because of fierce scrutiny that started in 2020.

“Because of the significant pressure over the past six years, and especially over the past two years, a lot of clerks have elected to either retire or change.”

And aside from the scrutiny, Hatch some of the clerks had already planned to leave.

He also said mail-in voting causes concerns for some.

“The primary concern is voting by mail. It’s really gotten bashed a lot over the past couple of years. There are people that have significant concerns about it, and they feel that if — even if you’re a Republican and you’re saying vote-by-mail is a secure system because of the controls we have in place, somehow that makes you a little less Republican.”

Listen to the full KSL at Night segment below:

 

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