What Salt Lake County voters are saying on Election Day

Nov 8, 2022, 11:30 AM | Updated: 12:03 pm

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FILE: A voter walks into the Whitmore Library in Cottonwood Heights on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County officials report a steady stream of people casting votes and dropping off ballots at the County Government Center on Tuesday morning. 

And election officials say they’re expecting a good number of people to vote today.

“We have about a little bit less than 40% of voters have had their voice heard already, however, we anticipate quite a few people dropping their by-mail ballots,” said Lannie Chapman the chief deputy clerk for Salt Lake County.

One voter told KSL NewsRadio that he’s proud to be a voter. Some of the biggest issues this year for him have been the economy and the environment. 

“I always feel great,” Brian said. “I think it’s something everyone needs to do. Not enough people do, but I think it’s something to be proud of and I don’t think you can complain if you don’t put in your vote.”

Other common issues for some outside the Salt Lake County Government Center have been inflation and the Senate race between Evan McMullin and incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee.

“Too much controversy, that was probably one of the big reasons. But I would have voted if there wasn’t,” Dan told KSL NewsRadio.

According to Open Secrets.org, the race between Lee and McMullin has seen over $19 million dollars in outside spending, with the majority of that money spent on ads against each candidate.

Jennifer also said the race against Lee and McMullin was something that brought her in, among other things. 

“I’m a teacher, so I like to go to school with my ‘I Voted’ sticker. Took a picture as soon as I parked, saying ‘Voter Parking Only,'” Jennifer said.

“I like to share this luxury that we have, to be able to vote.”

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What Salt Lake County voters are saying on Election Day