- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State Rep. Melvin Brown has asked for an election recount after losing a Republican primary race to Morgan County Commissioner Logan Wilde by eight votes.

Brown, R-Coalville, sent a letter on Saturday to the state elections office requesting that 160 absentee ballots be counted despite election officials disqualifying the ballots because they were postmarked late.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/2asfppR ) that Brown says the 160 absentee ballots were mailed on time before the election but they were taken to the Salt Lake City post office for delivery and not postmarked until later.

State elections director Mark Thomas says his office will do a physical recount of the votes this week and then five counties will have to hold a canvass to certify the votes.

Brown served from 1987 to 2000 and was re-elected in 2007.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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