Voting for dummies

This year’s election has attracted a record number of voter registrations and Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen is advising voters to go to their precincts early.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, but the clerk’s office recommends voters “try to go to the polls before 5 p.m.” as the lines could be long during peak hours, according to a county clerk press release.

Voters need to know their correct precinct number before going to vote.

That number is printed on the Voter Information Card or is available at the Salt Lake County Elections Division.

The clerk’s office also encourages voters to be aware of multiple lines at locations where several precincts will be voting, “otherwise, they may wait in line only to find their name isn’t on the register when they get to the election judges,” Swensen said in a written statement.

There will be Information Election Judges with maps and cell phones at each polling location to help lost or confused voters get to the right precinct.

Voters who are either newly registered or have moved to a new location within the same county, in which they were previously registered, may cast a provisional ballot in their new precinct if they show photo identification and proof of residency.

For the proof of residency requirement, the clerk’s office will accept anything with a name and a new address, such as a bill.

All voters may be required to show identification and proof of residence, so voters are encouraged to bring copies of both.

For more information, contact the Salt Lake County Elections Division at 468-3427 or visit them on the Web at

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