FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2020
UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE PREPARES TO RESPOND TO
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Attorney General’s Office is working with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office, county election officials and law enforcement to encourage Utahns who choose to cast a ballot in-person while voting this November 3rd to do so safely, and to report any intimidation or apparent interference with voter’s access to the polls that they may encounter.
Incidents of intimidation or fraud have historically been very rare in Utah, especially since most people vote by mail. State and local officials have safeguards in place to ensure election security and reliability. Political tension is always a factor, however, and may warrant a more focused response in the event of violations outlined in the Utah ‘Voting Offenses’ statute**(see below).
Illegal behavior such as voter intimidation or fraud will not be tolerated.
Anyone who feels unsafe or witnesses immediate threatening and illegal behavior should call 911 for the fastest response.
For non-emergency concerns regarding voting and election issues, the public is encouraged to:
- Speak to elections officials at polling locations who can respond to concerns right away.
- Call 911 to report emergencies or physically dangerous situations.
- Non-emergency concerns not related to safety should be referred to the Utah State Elections Office at 801-538-1041. Concerns can also be reported to the Attorney General’s Office at 801-381-6168.
** Utah Code at UCA 20A-3a-part 5 (sections 501-506). And UCA 20A-4-part 5 prohibits forgery and interference with election returns, and 20A-1-part 6 deals with bribery, fraud, ballot tampering, and other “Election Offenses”.