- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah lawmaker who lost his re-election bid by nine votes during June’s Republican primary has dropped a lawsuit demanding disqualified ballots be counted.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2bzj55V ) that attorneys for Rep. Mel Brown on Monday informed the state Supreme Court that they could not meet the deadlines required to pursue the case.

Brown lost to Morgan County Commissioner Logan Wilde after calling for a recount. Utah’s elections office had disqualified the 64 ballots because they were postmarked on election day, June 28, and state law requires they be postmarked the day before.

In hearings, court officials were concerned that there would be no way to tell how many ballots were dropped in the mailbox in time and postmarked the next day, as Brown argued.

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

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