‘We’re prepared’: Utah County election officials make improvements to prevent past problems

PROVO — Election officials in Utah County said they have made improvements to prevent issues that have plagued the county in the past.

After polling locations experienced long lines lasting more than three hours on midterm election night in 2018, Governor Gary Herbert criticized Utah County as the “epicenter of dysfunction.”

For next month’s general election, the county’s new clerk/auditor promises things will be better.

“When you look at what I’ve been able to accomplish in a short amount of time, it’s because I was able to secure the resources for the equipment and literally the best team in the state,” said Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner.

Since Powers Gardner took office in 2019, she’s hired new staff and purchased new ballot-counting machines. She said they now have the largest scanners in the state, which can process 600 ballots per minute.

“I’ve worked tirelessly to make sure that my

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Revolution’s problems at home may not go deeper than the surface

The loss sunk New England’s 2020 record at Gillette Stadium to 1-2-6, a shockingly poor run for a team sixth in the Eastern Conference and well within striking distance of a playoff spot (thanks almost entirely to a strong 4-2-2 mark on the road).

Any attempt to explain visiting teams’ defensive approach leads back to one of the defining features of soccer at Gillette Stadium: synthetic turf. Asked if the turf plays a role, Arena didn’t shy away.

“Yeah, I think more or less the surface, because teams know it’s difficult to play on and they get into a defensive mode,” Arena said.

Soccer players have long held the belief that natural grass fields are far superior for the sport, both from a quality and safety standpoint. The NFL Players Association agrees. Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter, the NFLPA president, recently wrote a report citing a 28 percent higher rate

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