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Last Updated: April 2022

Voting in Utah

When You Can Vote

Election Day:  Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., or until the last person who arrived by 8 p.m. has voted.  

Early Voting:  Early voting begins two weeks before Election Day and ends the Friday before Election Day. Counties must publish the hours and days that early voting locations will be open at least 19 days before Election Day.

Absentee voters may vote in person at the County Clerk’s office or by mail no sooner than 21 days before Election Day. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before Election Day or dropped off at a drop box location no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s polling place locator webpage to determine where you vote.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Utah if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Utah
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Utah if:

  • You are in prison or detention or jail or penal institution
  • You were disqualified from voting due to a court order

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have completed a felony prison sentence, even if you are still on parole or probation, then you are immediately eligible to register to vote.

You may preregister to vote in Utah

  • At the age 16

How to register 

Eligible Utah residents may register by mail, by submitting a form in person at the county clerk’s office, or by emailing a scanned copy of the form to the county clerk.  The county clerk must receive the registration form by 5:00 p.m. 11 days before Election Day.

Utah residents may also register online at https://vote.utah.gov/

Registration forms are available here.

To be eligible to register for vote, an individual must have been a Utah resident for at least 30 days before Election Day.  An individual is a “resident” if they intend to live in Utah permanently or indefinitely (or Utah is the place they intend to return to when away).  

If an individual misses the registration deadline, they may register by submitting a provisional ballot by the last day of early voting or by the time polls close on Election Day if they provide the required identification.

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail

 

Utah automatically mails ballots to registered active voters.  Voters may check if they are on record as a registered active voter at the Lieutenant Governor’s voter registration information page.

Inactive registered voters must request a ballot by mail.  A voter will be considered “inactive” by the county clerk if:

  • The county clerk sent a voter registration notice to confirm a change in address and the voter has not responded; or
  • The county clerk sent a voter identification card that was returned as undeliverable, the return was not caused by clerical error, and the clerk has no further information to contact the voter.

Non-registered voters who register to vote in the upcoming election will also receive a mail ballot if the county clerk received the registration 11 days before Election Day by 5:00 p.m.

The last day the county clerk can mail ballots to voters is seven days before the election, so any requests for a mail ballot must be received before that date. Requests can be submitted here.

Mail ballots must be postmarked by the U.S. Post Office no later than the day before Election Day.  Voters may also drop off their mail ballots at a polling place or drop box location in their county by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Drop box locations can be found here or here.  If the voter drops the ballot off a drop box in a different county, an election office may forward the ballot to the correct county but is not obligated to do so. 

If a voter did not include a copy of their valid photo ID when registering (e.g., they registered online or did not submit a copy of their valid ID with their registration form), then the voter must include a copy of their valid voter ID when they return their ballot application or absentee ballot.  

If a voter would like the mail ballot sent to a different address than the one on file with the county clerk, the voter may update their ballot mailing address  no later than 11 days before Election Day here.

Voters may track the status of a mail ballot application or a submitted mail ballot at the Lieutenant Governor’s website.

If the mail ballot is rejected, the voter will receive notification by mail, email, text message, or phone and will have until three days before the canvass review process for the county begins to cure (which means that the voter will have between 4 and 11 days after Election Day to cure the rejection depending on the start of the county canvass). For rejections due to signature mismatch, the voter must submit an affidavit to the county clerk that includes: 

  • Confirmation that the voter voted the ballot;
  • The voter’s name, date of birth, and either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of the voter’s social security number;
  • The voter’s signature; and
  • A statement that signing the affidavit authorizes the use of the signature on the affidavit for voter identification purposes. 

Utah also allows early voting for any registered voter.  Early voting begins two weeks before Election Day and lasts until the Friday before Election Day.  Early voting will take place every weekday and may take place during weekends in certain counties.  At least 19 days before Election Day, the county must publish dates, times, and locations for early voting on the county’s website.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Utah you should provide:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Utah Driver’s License or State/non-driver ID Number

Voting In-Person

In Utah, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid Utah Driver’s License
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Utah Issued ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

If you do not have an ID from this list, in Utah you may show a combination of two IDs from the following:

  • Paycheck that Shows your Name and Address
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Card
  • Certified (Copy) of US Birth Certificate
  • Valid Local Government Issued ID Card
  • Valid Military ID
  • Copy of Utility Bill Dated within 90 Days of the Election
  • Valid Employee ID
  • Government Check
  • Social Security Card
  • Medicare or Medicaid Card Issued by the Government
  • Bank Statement
  • Certified (Copy) of Naturalization Document
  • Valid Student ID
  • Tribal Treaty Card
  • Hunting or Fishing ID
  • Electronic Transfer Benefits Card
  • Valid Utah Vehicle Registration

When combined, the two IDs must prove your name and current residence. If applicable, you may include a certified copy of court records showing the voter’s adoption or name change.

Voter identification is only required to be provided with a mail ballot if the voter did not provide such identification at the time of registration.  

If a voter is casting a provisional ballot, then the voter must provide valid voter identification and proof of residence to the poll worker.  

A voter who does not have the required identification may still submit a provisional ballot, but will have until the close of business on the Monday following Election Day to present valid photo identification and proof of residency to the county clerk or an election officer in order for the provisional ballot to be counted.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

To receive a ballot by mail at a new address, voters must update their address with the county clerk’s office no later than 11 days before Election Day, and can do so here.

Moving within the Same County

Voters who permanently change addresses within the same county since registering to vote do not need to re-register but must affirm the change of address orally or in writing to an election judge.  

Moving Between Counties

Voters who permanently move addresses to a different county may cast a provisional ballot if they are eligible to vote in that jurisdiction and provide valid voter identification and proof of residence to the poll worker. 

If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Military and overseas voters may use the standard procedure for registering to vote and request an absentee ballot, but have additional options under the Federal Voting Assistance Program (“FVAP”).

They may register and request a ballot online or by submitting a special form via email to the county clerk. The county clerk’s contact information is available here. Online registration must be received by 5 p.m. (Utah time) 11 days before Election Day.  Registration by mail must also be received 11 days before Election Day. A request for a ballot must be received by 5 p.m. (Utah time) five days before Election Day.

Military and overseas voters can also request to receive a ballot by email, fax, or mail, and may return the ballot using any of these same methods. However, a request to receive or submit a ballot by email or fax requires the voter to sign a waiver of their right to a secret ballot. To keep the ballot secret and avoid signing the waiver, the voter must request a mail ballot.  

Federal law also permits military and overseas voters to register and vote at the same time using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB), available here. The deadline to register using this form is five days before Election Day, providing an option to eligible voters who have missed the earlier registration deadline.  Voters may submit the FWAB to their county clerk’s office by mail, email, or fax.  Submission by email or fax will also require signing the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet available here.  

Mailing in a ballot or FWAB requires that the ballot be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received by the county clerk within 13 days after the election.  The deadline for submission of a ballot by email or fax is 12:01 a.m. (voter’s local time) on Election Day.

If You Have a Felony Conviction

Utah voters who have been convicted of a misdemeanor may still vote if 1) they have already served any incarceration time and have been released, or 2) they were sentenced to probation only.  

Utah voters who have been convicted of a felony may only vote if they are 1) granted parole, 2) were only sentenced to probation, or 3) have already served any incarceration time and have been released.

Utah voters who have been detained or are incarcerated while waiting for trial may register or vote if they have not yet been convicted.

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