Utah GOP convention going electronic, but not without controversy

Participants attend the Salt Lake County GOP convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — Delegates will be greeted by the usual flurry of banners, booths and buttons Saturday at the Republican state convention. They will also be handed a small electronic keypad — their ballot — the only one they will need all day.

Instead of standing in long lines to cast paper ballots for each round of voting and then waiting for results to be tabulated, delegates could vote quickly and efficiently from the comfort of their seats, party leaders said.

But, delegates will have to approve the new balloting system before it can be used and — based on the current campaign against changing how votes are cast — that vote could prove to be one of the more contentious battles this weekend.

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