A brief update from Utah County. I’m not sure on the technology–perhaps Thad can clarify. The gist is that many local cities in Utah County still use paper ballots, and many had too few early voting locations in the 2006 election. As a result, only 1% of voters cast early ballots (much lower than I would have predicted, based on the demographics, rural character, and high average turnout in the state).
However, because the upcoming election is a special election, the county will administer the ballots, use electronic machines, and provide more early voting locations. The election administrator is predicting a 10% early voting rate.
Thad, care to let us know what the “voucher” reference is?