Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines
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Utah Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Ranked Choice Voting
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Vote by Mail
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Almost all registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail before Election Day. The voted ballot must be postmarked the day before Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Lieutenant Governor website. Ballots begin being counted on Election Day.
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.
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
You can also drop your ballot off at a drop box location before 8:00 pm on Election Day. Find drop box locations near you. You can also return your ballot at any in-person voting location in your county.
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.
To be eligible to vote 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 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:
- Current, valid Utah driver's license
- Current, valid ID card issued by the state or a branch, department, or agency of the United States
- Current, valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
- Current, valid US passport
- Valid tribal ID card, whether or not the card includes a photo of the voter
Or, provide two forms of the following:
- Current utility bill or copy dated within 90 days before the election
- Bank or other financial account statement, or a copy
- Certified birth certificate
- Valid Social Security card
- Check issued by the state or federal government or a copy
- Current, valid Utah hunting or fishing license
- Paycheck from the voter's employer, or a copy
- Current, valid US military ID card
- Certified naturalization documents (not a green card)
- Certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change
- Bureau of Indian Affairs card
- Tribal treaty card
- Valid Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card
- Current, valid ID card issued by a local government within the state
- Current, valid ID card issued by an employer
- Current, valid ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within the state
- Current Utah vehicle registration
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted no later than 14 days after the election.
Results for the 2020 General Elections will be posted on this page beginning approx. 8:00 pm after the polls close on Election Day. A results tracking button will be available starting Election Night and during the canvass period to display the preliminary or unofficial results.Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Utah, you must:
- Be registered to vote in Utah
- Be entitled to compensation
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Political affiliation generally required
- Be a resident of the county for the 30 days prior to the election
- 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.
Polling Place Locator
You may vote a provisional ballot if you meet specific conditions.
You may vote a provisional ballot if:
- You moved anywhere in the state but did not re-register 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, or contact your County Clerk. Provisional ballots are counted no later than 14 days after the election.
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.
If you are a voter with a disability you may vote by mail (ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election for it to count), or via email or fax. Please contact your County Clerk for more information.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Ranked Choice Voting
Beginning in 2021, several cities across Utah will be piloting a new Ranked Choice voting system in municipal elections. Those cities are:
Salt Lake City
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In the cities with Ranked Choice voting, there will be no primary elections. However, all candidates will be listed on the General Election ballot and voters can rank the candidates in order of preference from first to last. When counting ballots, the candidate with the lowest vote gets dropped off until the final candidate wins.
The voter registration deadline is 11 days before the election.
You may now register to vote online! Just be sure to complete the registration form at least 11 days before the election in order to vote on 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.
Election Day registration is available during early voting and on Election Day. Voters who register during this time will be given a provisional ballot. You will be asked to provide a valid voter identification and proof of residence to the poll worker.
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.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
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. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Lieutenant Governor website.
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.
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.
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