Utah puts 76,000 inactive voters on hold in 2012

- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah Democratic elections clerk put on hold the registrations of 62,000 voters in Salt Lake County in late July because they have not voted or responded to mailings in up to 12 years.

The move has state Democratic officials worried it could disenfranchise some voters. But Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen says she voters were given plenty of chances to update their status.

She says her office removed the voters' names from lists that are sent to polling places, but that they are still in a database and can vote with a provisional ballot if they show up to vote.

Statewide, 76,000 registrations were put on hold this year because voters had been inactive for 8 to 12 years. Election officials say the holds were put in place within federal timelines.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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