Utah breaks voter turnout record; Grand at top
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A record number of Utahns participated in the 2018 midterm election, which formally concluded Monday, Nov. 26, when the Utah Board of Canvassers certified the results. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told reporters the turnout was 75.55 percent – unheard of for a nonpresidential election.

Grand County voters participated at the highest rate among Utah’s 29 counties at 84.5 percent, an announcement Grand County Clerk Diana Carroll made at the Nov. 20 Grand County Council meeting.

“Voter turnout was extraordinary. We’re very excited,” Cox told reporters, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Cox said the state, in terms of voter turnout, moved from 39th in the nation to 21st.

Cox attributed the high participation rate to Proposition 2 – medical marijuana – that passed by a wide margin in Grand County and by a much closer percentage statewide.

The proposition passed, but new legislation will replace it when state lawmakers meet in special session beginning Monday.

Cox said more people voted on Prop. 2 than all other ballot questions and races, including races for U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

But the one person who might have inspired more voters to show up at the polls won’t be on the ballot until 2020: President Donald Trump. Cox said the controversial Trump is also behind more people voting across the nation, according to the Tribune.

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