Utah

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Oct. 23, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline – Mail, Online, or In-Person

For more information, please visit the Utah general election website.

Voting in Utah

When You Can Vote

2020 Regular General Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The 2020 regular general election will be conducted primarily by mail. In-person voting on election day and early voting will also be available either through traditional in-person voting, through outdoor voting, or by both methods. On November 3rd, you may also deposit the absentee ballot that will be automatically sent to you if you are an active registered voter. However, if you return your absentee ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Monday, November 2, 2020. 

 

For the 2020 regular general election, counties that provides outdoor voting may also allow drive-up voting. To determine if this option is available, please contact your county clerk. You may also visit the the Utah general election website. to determine how you may vote. 

 

Voters in San Juan County will have limited in-person polling locations and times. You can find more information available here.

 

Polls on election day will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. mountain time.

 

All counties in Utah permit early voting. For the 2020 regular general election, early voting will begin on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and extend at least through Friday, October 30, 2020. Notice of the dates, time, and locations of early voting will be published on your county’s website by October 15, 2020 at the latest. You can find your county clerk’s contact information here.

Where You Can Vote

For the 2020 Regular General Election: The 2020 Regular General Election will be conducted primarily by mail. In-person voting on election day and early voting will also be available either through traditional in-person voting, through outdoor voting, or by both methods. For the 2020 Regular General Election, a county that provides outdoor voting may also allow drive-up voting. To determine how you can vote, please visit

For the 2020 Regular General Election: The 2020 Regular General Election will be conducted primarily by mail. In-person voting on election day and early voting will also be available either through traditional in-person voting, through outdoor voting, or by both methods. For the 2020 Regular General Election, a county that provides outdoor voting may also allow drive-up voting. To determine how you can vote, please visit the following website.

Voters in San Juan County will have limited in-person polling locations and times. You can find more information available here.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Please visit the “Vote Utah” web page available here.

Voters in San Juan County will have limited in-person polling locations and times. You can find more information available here.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Please visit the “Vote Utah” web page available here.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines: Your voter registration form must be correctly completed and received by the office of your county clerk no later than 5 p.m. 11 calendar days before the date of the election.  For the 2020 Regular General Election, this deadline is 5:00 p.m. (mountain time) on Friday, October 23, 2020.

However, you can still register to vote during the early-voting period or on Election Day if you are otherwise eligible to vote and provide a valid voter identification and proof of residence. If you register after the registration deadline by mail, you should ask your county about your ability to cast a provisional ballot by mail.

How to Check Your Registration: Visit the “Vote Utah” web page, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register to vote in Utah, you must: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the election;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day; and
  • Currently reside within the voting district or precinct in which you are registering to vote.

How to Register: Utah residents may register to vote in person, by mail, or online.

Online

To register online, you must have a current Utah Driver’s License or ID Card.  Applicants can register to vote online on the Lieutenant Governor’s website.

Note, however, if your current address does not match the address on your Driver’s License and you are attempting to register online, first, update your Utah Driver’s License address online, then register. 

By Mail

To register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

  • Downloading a mail-in form from the “Vote Utah” website; or
  • Picking up a form at a local city office.

If you are registering to vote for the first time and voting by mail, you will need to provide a copy of your identification to your county clerk’s office. 

In Person

You may register to vote in person at any of the following agencies, but your registration form must be correctly completed and timely received by the county clerk’s office for you to cast a regular ballot:

  • The county clerk’s office;
  • The Driver’s License Division;
  • Division of Workforce Services;
  • Utah State Department of Health;
  • Women, Infant and Childcare Offices;
  • The Division of Services for People with Disabilities;
  • The Department of Rehabilitation; or
  • Public colleges and universities.

If your correctly completed registration form is not received before the deadline, you can still register, but you will then be required to cast a provisional ballot.

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

All counties in Utah permit early voting. Early voting begins 14 days before the election and ends at least the Friday before the election. Each county may set its own time and place for early voting. At least one polling place will be open when the polls are open for early voting in that county. To find more information about early voting in your county, contact your county election officials.

For the 2020 Regular General Election, early voting begins Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and will extend through at least Friday, October 30, 2020. Notice of the dates, time, and locations of early voting will be published on your county’s website by October 15, 2020 at the latest. You may find your county clerk’s contact information here.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Voters are encouraged to vote by mail during the 2020 Regular General Election. 

Any person who is an active registered voter in Utah will automatically receive an absentee ballot. The deadline for registering to vote by mail, in person, or on-line is 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day before the election day. To be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the 2020 Regular General Election, then, your county clerk’s office must receive your correctly completed voter registration form before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020. Otherwise, you may still vote by casting provisional ballot, which will require you to present valid voter identification and proof of residence. 

Voters may submit an Absentee Ballot Application in person at the county clerk’s office or request an absentee ballot online. For the 2020 Regular General Election, all active registered voters will receive an absentee ballot even if one was not requested. 

Absentee ballots may be mailed to voters no sooner than 21 days before the election day and no later than seven days before the election day. For the 2020 Regular General Election, county clerks will mail ballots between October 13, 2020 and October 27, 2020. If you are registered to vote in San Juan County, your ballot may be mailed sooner. If you do not receive your ballot shortly after this time period, immediately contact your county clerk’s office. 

Your absentee ballot will not be forwarded. Instead, you can update your address, but you must do so at least 11 days before election day. For the 2020 Regular General Election, you must update your address no later than Friday, October 23, 2020. Update your address here.  

If you are returning your absentee ballot by mail, it must be correctly completed and clearly postmarked before election day. If you are returning your absentee ballot in person, you must correctly complete and deposit it in a designated drop box before 8:00 p.m. on election day. There is no guarantee that an absentee ballot deposited in a drop box in the wrong jurisdiction will be forwarded. Accordingly, voters are encouraged to check with the county clerk where to deposit the absentee ballot if the voter intends to cast a vote by depositing the ballot in a drop box.

For the 2020 Regular General Election, your ballot must be postmarked by the U.S. Post Office by November 2, 2020 or deposited at a drop box location before 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020. You may find a drop box location near you here.

Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

To vote in Utah, you must have: 

ONE of the following, provided it is currently valid:

  • Utah driver license;
  • ID card issued by the state or a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
  • Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
  • United States passport; 
  • United States military identification card; or
  • Tribal ID card, Bureau of Indian Affairs card or tribal treaty card (whether or not the card includes a photograph of the voter).

If you do not have one of the above forms of ID, you may submit any two of the following that bear the your name and establish you currently reside in the precinct:

  • Current utility bill or copy thereof dated within 90 days before the election;
  • Bank or other financial account statement, or legible copy thereof;
  • Certified birth certificate;
  • Valid Social Security card;
  • Check issued by the state or federal government or legible copy thereof;
  • Paycheck from the voter’s employer, or legible copy thereof;
  • Currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
  • Certified naturalization documents (not a green card);
  • Currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
  • Certified copy of court records showing the voter’s adoption or name change;
  • Valid Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card;
  • Currently valid ID card issued by a local government within the state;
  • Currently valid ID card issued by an employer;
  • Currently valid ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within the state; and
  • Current Utah vehicle registration.

You may still vote in person at a polling place without the above listed identification, but you will cast a provisional ballot. For this provisional ballot to count, you must present valid voter identification and proof of residence to the county clerk or to an election officer administering the election by close of normal office hours on the Monday after the election.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same County

The voter may cast a regular ballot if 

  • the voter has moved within the same county, and
  • the voter affirms this change in address before the election judges.

If the voter is not registered to vote in the county where he or she is attempting to vote, the voter may cast a provisional ballot that will be counted, provided the voter:

  • presents the poll worker with valid identification that establishes the voter’s identity and proof of residence, and 
  • is otherwise entitled to cast the ballot. 

Votes cast in the wrong precinct will not be counted, however an election official may, but is not required to, forward a ballot deposited in a drop box in the wrong county. 

Moving Between Counties

A voter who changes addresses and moves from one county to another may not change their legal residence at the polls and vote a regular ballot.  Instead, the voter will be allowed to complete a provisional ballot that may function as a registration statement, allowing the vote to be counted, if the voter presents valid voter identification and proof of residence and is otherwise legally entitled to vote. 

If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Members of the military and citizens residing outside of the United States (Overseas Voters) may use the standard procedure for absentee voting, but there are special alternatives for Overseas Voters.  Overseas Voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Overseas Voters may also submit a declaration along with a federal write-in absentee ballot. The deadline for Overseas Voters to apply for an absentee ballot is the Thursday immediately before the election (October 29, 2020).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

Not later than 45 days before the election, the election official in each jurisdiction charged with distributing a ballot and balloting materials shall transmit a ballot and balloting materials to all Overseas Voters who by that date submit a valid overseas ballot application.  Overseas voters may choose the means of transmission.  If electronic transmission is selected, voters may choose either: (i) facsimile transmission; (ii) email delivery; or (iii) if offered by the voter’s jurisdiction, Internet delivery.  For more information on receiving your ballot, email elections@utah.gov

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by Overseas Voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election.  If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be sent by 12:01 a.m. on Election Day if sent by mail or received by your local voting officials in Utah no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day if sent by email or fax.  For specific instructions, visit Utah’s FVAP’s website. 

If You Have a Felony Conviction

If you have been convicted of a felony, you may vote once you are granted parole, sentenced to probation, or successfully complete your term of incarceration. You must also be a United States citizen, resident of Utah for the 30 days immediately before the election day, of proper age, and currently reside in the precinct where you are registering to vote. 

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