- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A study says that Utah cities and counties that voted by mail this year saw an increase in voter turnout of an average of 52 percent.

According to a report released by the Utah Foundation on Wednesday, all 70 cities in Utah that chose to vote my mail increased turnout compared to municipal elections in 2013 and 2011.

The report shows that voter turnout has dipped in recent decades, setting a record low in 2014 with only 28.8 percent of the state’s eligible voters participating in the general election.

Cities that saw major increases in voter participating include Salt Lake City, where canvass results show turnout was 54 percent - up from 13 percent in 2013 and 24 percent in 2011; Green River with 65 percent, up from 35 percent; and Moab with 62 percent, up from 16 percent.

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