Only a few hours before the election, the Utah Supreme Court ordered Daggett County to change its approximately 500 ballots, virtually guaranteeing a write-in candidate will become county attorney.
Wayne Searle had been listed on the ballot next to two boxes - one marked "for" and the other "against." State law requires counties with fewer than 18,000 residents to list county attorney candidates that way.But the court, by a 4-1 decision, ruled that write-in candidates should not be listed with for and against boxes. The ballots must be changed so voters do not have the option of voting against Searle.
The change means Searle, the only licensed attorney in the county and the only man on the ballot for the job, will receive only votes in his favor. County officials had been appointing an attorney from Uintah County to the job.