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Delegates: electronic voting rocks

Published April 21, 2012 2:12 pm

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Utah Republicans had become accustomed to long, drawn-out conventions as volunteer judges count stacks of paper ballots do decide which candidates get nominated and which ones head to a primary.

Not Saturday.

Despite some initial objections, delegates seem to find the new, electronic voting system a big positive in streamlining and speeding up the voting process and bringing results back within minutes, not hours.

The first round of the Senate balloting came back so fast, that delegates seemed almost stunned.

"I couldn't be more thrilled with it," Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright told us during the first round of votes for governor. "I'm glad to have led the initiative to bring the Utah Republican Party into the 21st Century."

As Wright was explaining how well he thought the voting was going, he's interrupted by a delegate thanking him for the e-voting on behalf of her entire section.

"People are casting their votes; people are confident they're being counted," Wright said.

— Thomas Burr @thomaswburr