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Some Utah polling officials misinterpreting provisional ballots law

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The U.S. Department of Justice complained during Utah's primary election that poll judges were misinterpreting laws about provisional ballots, and more training could help ensure election results don't end up in court, the state elections director told lawmakers Wednesday.

Amy Naccarato told the Legislature's interim Government Operations Committee that DOJ attorneys, who were observing polling locations during the primary, reported to her that poll workers apparently misunderstood the rules on such ballots, which are used by residents who say they have registered to vote but are not listed on voter rolls.

In one case, Naccarato said, the DOJ attorneys said a poll judge stated that someone voting a provisional ballot would have to show a birth certificate to cast a vote. State law only requires proof of residency, like a utility bill. -- (Salt Lake Tribune)