32 Years Later, Sherrie Swensen Leaves as SL County Clerk: Sherrie Swensen served as the county clerk in Salt Lake County for the previous 30 years if you cast a ballot there. Swensen is stepping down from that position after 32 years and eight campaigns. Swensen remarked, “I honestly believe we have the best voting system we can have. I’m delighted and proud of all of the reforms that have been made.
As she got ready to leave the office, she packed up souvenirs from her three decades of employment. In 1990, Sherrie Swensen made her debut as a candidate. According to her, the two main campaign issues at the time were encouraging people to register to vote and having easy access to voter registration forms.
While Swensen was in office, the technology and voting systems changed twice, but his commitment to voter registration did not. She was shocked by how little information was regarding registering to vote during that first campaign. She explained, “The forms were at the main post office under the counter. “How to register to vote was kind of a well-kept secret.”
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No voter outreach or information indicated how or where to register to vote thirty years ago. She was encouraged to run by the Democratic Party. I initially responded, “Oh, I don’t want to be a candidate. Finally, I said yes, and now, 32 years later, here I am,” she laughed.
Swensen placed registration forms on easily accessible counter displays after she was elected. According to Swensen, not only the post office but also libraries, supermarkets, and residential buildings,
In 1992, a record number of people cast ballots in Salt Lake County. One of the pillars of her career was making voting more uncomplicated and accessible for all eligible voters. The Utah Legislature allowed voters to cast mail-in ballots starting in 2013. According to Swensen, voter security was never in jeopardy before 2020.
Even with the permanent absentee program, she claimed, “We had already done it for a long time, and we knew it was secure. We have procedures, such as signature verification for all returned ballots sent by mail.
Each ballot her office distributes has a nine-digit ID number corresponding to each voter in the database. This means someone cannot hack our voting system because their votes will never be accepted.
Additionally, they check each signature. Many people disseminated false information to sway voters during the 2020 election. “First of all, I feel like many people who propagated that had never seen our procedure. Second, even if they had, I guess that they didn’t like voting by mail since, let’s face it, it made voting more accessible for more people.
Swensen has always opposed voter suppression. She claimed that to manipulate the results of the elections, “it would need a vast conspiracy involving many individuals, and that just isn’t happening.” Because we all work so hard to ensure that the elections are fair, it was incredibly depressing to me.
The KSL Investigators questioned if increased criteria impacted voting security last October. They studied the new legislation that mandated cameras be placed outside each unattended voting box in Utah. Every action when voters dropped off their ballots was captured on camera.
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Supporters claimed that the purpose of the cameras at the voting machines is to boost voter trust. Swensen’s goals were always to increase security and voter participation. January 3 marks Swensen’s final day in office. In November, Lannie Chapman, Swensen’s three-year top deputy, won the clerk position.