Office of the State Auditor releases letters to the lieutenant governor addressing observations of the recently completed primary election

The Office of the State Auditor officially released two letters sent to Lieutenant Governor Cox, the chief elections officer of the state, addressing observations of the recently completed primary election for the Third Congressional District (CD3).

The first letter, dated August 17, 2017, highlights the Office’s review of the ballot counting process, including opportunities to strengthen voters’ constitutional guarantee of a secret ballot. 

The second letter, dated September 19, 2017, details issues related to the use of the Voter Information and State Tracking Application (VISTA).  The Office identifies opportunities for state and county election officials to strengthen processes and the VISTA system in order to avoid various ballot errors that were experienced during the recent CD3 and municipal primary elections.

As part of the Office’s observation, we examined the VISTA system capabilities, analyzed VISTA reports, reviewed ballot mailing instructions and conducted poll watching at certain ballot counting locations.  We appreciate the dedication of election officials across the state and their assistance in our review.

Both letters may be found on the Office’s website, auditor.utah.gov

The first letter is available specifically at

https://reporting.auditor.utah.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=01541000002ehkmAAA .

The second letter is available specifically at  

https://reporting.auditor.utah.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=01541000002f275AAA .