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Utah Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
By Mail:
Postmarked by Sunday, October 7, 2018 Online by Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election)
Lieutenant Governor
Utah State Capitol
Suite 220
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2325
Phone:
801-538-1041
Fax:
801-538-1133

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Utah you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Utah for at least 30 days before Election Day

ID Needed for Voter Registration

A driver's license or state ID number is required to register to vote. If you do not have either of these identification documents, please fill in the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either write none in the space provided.

ID Needed for Voting?

In order to vote in Utah you need a valid voter ID. This is either a form of ID that has your name and photo or two forms of ID that have your name and proof of residence. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • A current, valid Utah driver's license
  • A current, valid ID card issued by the state or a branch, department, or agency of the United States
  • A current, valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
  • A current, valid US passport
  • A valid tribal ID card, whether or not the card includes a photo of the voter

Or, provide two forms of the following:

  • A current utility bill or copy dated within 90 days before the election
  • A bank or other financial account statement, or a copy
  • A certified birth certificate
  • A valid Social Security card
  • A check issued by the state or federal government or a copy
  • A current, valid Utah hunting or fishing license
  • A paycheck from the voter's employer, or a copy
  • A current, valid US military ID card
  • Certified naturalization documents (not a green card)
  • A certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change
  • A bureau of Indian Affairs card
  • A tribal treaty card
  • A valid Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card
  • A current, valid ID card issued by a local government within the state
  • A current, valid ID card issued by an employer
  • A current, valid ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within the state
  • A current Utah vehicle registration

Registration Deadline

Voter registration forms must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election in order to vote in the upcoming election. You may deliver your registration form in person to the county clerk at least 7 days before the election.

You may now register to vote online! Just be sure to complete the registration form at least 7 days before the election in order to vote on Election Day.

You are not able to vote early unless you register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day.

Voter registration is valid for life, unless you move, change your name, or wish to affiliate with a different party. To change your voter registration status for any of the above reasons, simply fill out a new voter registration forms.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please contact your county clerk's office.

Vote by Mail

Utah is primarily a vote-by-mail state, meaning that almost all registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail before Election Day. Mail in ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. Or you can drop your ballot off on Election Day at you Voting Center or any Ballot Drop Boxes in your county. Please contact your County Election Official for more information.

Not sure if you can vote by mail? Click here to enter your address and see if you're eligible to vote by mail.

Absentee Ballot Process

If you are registered to vote, you may vote by absentee ballot. A separate absentee ballot application must be filled out for each election. All completed forms should be mailed to your county clerk's office.

For regular absentee voting, the ballot application must be received no later than the Thursday before the election.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

In person early voting is allowed and no excuse is required. Early voting begins two weeks before Election Day and ends the Friday before Election Day. The polls will be open for at least 4 hours each early voting day and will close at 5pm on the last early voting day.

In order to vote during the early voting period, you must show a valid voter ID. This is either a form of ID that has you name and photo or two forms of ID that bear your name and show evidence of your residence. To see the complete list of acceptable ID, please visit your state's website.

 

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). The registration deadline for mailed registrations is Sunday, October 7, 2018. In person and online registrations must be received by Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for information about local elections.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Utah:

  • You must be registered to vote in Utah
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • You must be a resident of the county for the 30 days prior to the election
  • You must complete required training

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8 pm.

Time Off To Vote

Employers must grant employees up to two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three outside of regular working shift. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may be absent.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

Provisional voting was mandated to ensure that every eligible voter who is registered or who believes they are registered can cast a ballot in federal elections with the knowledge that a fair process will be followed to determine if the provisional ballot is eligible to be counted. You may vote a provisional ballot if:

  • You moved anywhere in the state but did not reregister at your new address. You will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at your new polling location
  • You registered through any public agency but your name does not appear on the Official Register. You will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at your new polling location

All provisional voters will be asked for photo ID and/or proof of current residence at the polls.

You will be given instructions on how to view the status of your provisional ballot. If you have any questions please call the Lieutenant Governor's Office at 801-538-1041 or 1800-995-VOTE. Please allow 10-14 days after each election for this information to be available.

Voting Machines

The voting system used in Utah is DRE.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you are blind, have a disability, or are unable to read or write English, you may be helped by a person of your choice. This person cannot be your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union. The person helping cannot in any way request, persuade, or induce you to vote for or against any particular candidate or issue.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

 


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