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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators unanimously voted during a special session last week in favor of a plan for the November election that includes outdoor voting and additional ballot drop boxes in rural parts of the state.

The bill would require counties to provide an in-person voting option this fall, which could include drive-through or walk-up voting, in addition to the state’s vote-by-mail system. Most of conservative Utah already votes by mail, in contrast with recent by-mail voting skepticism from Republican President Donald Trump.

“As we all know, everybody looks to the state of Utah when looking at mail-in voting,” Republican Sen. Wayne Harper said Thursday. “We do it right. This goes through and … recognizes what we do, but at the same time requires and allows for all people who want to vote in person the option to do that.”

In April, the state legislature voted to run the June 30 primary election entirely by mail and temporarily do away with traditional polling places.

Republican Rep. Stephen Handy, who is co-sponsoring the legislation, said he hopes these additional voting options will give the electorate more confidence in the process.

The bill also requires Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox’s office to conduct a public education campaign on voting options included in the legislation and encourage voting by mail. Handy said the campaign’s funding will come from remaining CARES Act funds.

The bill would automatically repeal in January 2021 except for one section that classifies ballot harvesting, the practice of a person sending or dropping off ballots on another voter’s behalf, as a class A misdemeanor.

Handy said there haven’t been documented cases of ballot harvesting in Utah. But he hopes this bill will prevent it from happening in the future.

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