2020 Voter Guide
How to Register to Vote ✍️
Online voter registration is available for Utah residents with a valid driver’s license or state ID, by visiting the Utah Voter Registration website; the form must be submitted at least seven days before an election. Note that if the voting address is not the same as the driver’s license address, the license must be updated with the Driver License Division before registering.
Mail-in voter registration is available by filling out the State of Utah Voter Registration form found here; the form must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election, or delivered in person to the county clerk at least seven days before an election. Note that one of the following is required:
- Utah driver’s license number;
- Utah state identification number; or
- Last four digits of your Social Security number.
In-person voter registration is available at the county clerk’s office in your county, as well as at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Workforce Services, and Utah State Department of Health; in-person registration must be done at least seven days before an election.
Special Exceptions and Processes
Members of the military can register online or register and request an absentee ballot by using the Federal Post Card Application from the Federal Voter Assistance Program.
Homeless persons can register to vote without a home address, by identifying a place of residence (which might be a street corner or park) and a mailing address (which might be a shelter or outreach center).
Utah residents are not permitted to vote while incarcerated. Convicted felons’ voting rights are automatically restored upon receiving parole or probation, or being released from incarceration.
How to Check your Voter Status
Voters can find their current registration status, update registration, request a mail-in ballot, track their mail and provisional ballots, and find polling and drop-box locations by visiting vote.utah.gov. 🙌
Options for Voting in Utah
Utah offers voting by mail, early voting and absentee voting, in addition to voting at the polls on election day.
Voting by Mail 📬
Voting by mail is the most popular option, with 90 percent of ballots cast by mail in 2018, according to the lieutenant governor’s director of elections. Utah has “all-mail elections,” meaning that every registered voter receives a ballot in the mail. Voters have the choice of casting that ballot by mail, placing the ballot in a drop box, or going to a polling location in person. Drop box and polling locations are available by entering your address in the “How and where can I vote?” section of vote.utah.gov.
Absentee Voting 🧳
Absentee voting is most often used by deployed military members, students studying abroad, and those serving LDS missions. However, anyone who is registered to vote in Utah may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested online; to be eligible to vote in the presidential primary election, this ballot request must be received by Feb. 27.
Early Voting 🗓
Early voting allows Utah residents to cast ballots in person prior to an election. Dates and locations for early voting in each county are available from the county clerk’s office or web page, or by visiting vote.utah.gov.
Election-day Voting 🗳
Election-day voting requires one form of currently valid photo ID or two forms or currently valid non-photo ID that establish the voter’s name and residence within the voting district. Voters can find their polling location, with the date and times polls will be open, at vote.utah.gov.
This is selected as part of the voter registration process. Voters wishing to change their party affiliation must reregister.
Party affiliation is not required to vote in Utah. In fact, 37 percent of Utah voters are unaffiliated. (In comparison, 46 percent are registered as Republican and 13 percent as Democratic, with the remaining 4 percent divided among the Independent American, Libertarian, Constitution, Green, and United Utah parties.)
There are party requirements for voting in some primary elections, however. Utah’s Republican party has a closed primary, meaning that only voters registered as Republican can choose the GOP candidate on Super Tuesday in March. The Democratic presidential primary is open, meaning that voters of any affiliation (including unaffiliated) are free to cast ballots. Each person may vote in only one primary.
Only voters who have already registered with the Republican party can vote in Super Tuesday’s Republican primary. The Democratic party has an open primary, meaning that voters registered in any party as well as unaffiliated voters can cast their ballots in the Democratic primary on Super Tuesday. Unaffiliated voters must request a Democratic by-mail ballot by Feb. 25; they can also receive a Democratic ballot by voting in person during early voting or on election day. Of course, each voter can only cast a ballot in one party’s primary.
Voter ID requirements
At the polls, voters are required to present one form of currently valid identification containing their name and photograph, such as a driver’s license, passport, tribal ID card, or other type of ID listed at voteinfo.utah.gov.
Voters without a current photo ID may vote if they provide two documents containing their name and showing that they live in the voting precinct, such as a bank statement, paycheck, certified birth certificate, or other type of ID listed at voteinfo.utah.gov.
Super Tuesday Primary
This year marks Utah’s first time as a Super Tuesday state, joining 10 other states that have also scheduled their presidential primaries on March 3.
Utah’s state-run presidential primary election represents a change from 2016, when voters chose their presidential candidates at party-run caucuses. At that time, a large voter turnout resulted in overcrowded polling places, long lines and insufficient ballots. “After the 2016 caucuses, the chairs of both the Republican and Democratic parties asked that the state hold a presidential primary in the next presidential cycle, not caucuses,” said Sen. Curt Bramble, who sponsored the 2019 Utah senate bill that requires presidential primary elections to be held.
To register to vote in the Super Tuesday presidential primary election on March 3, mail-in registration must be postmarked on or before Feb. 3; the deadline for registration at the county clerk’s office or online is Feb. 25. Same-day registration is also available at early voting locations and at the polls on election day.
How to Vote In the Presidential Primary🗳
As we’ve had a lot of questions about how to vote in the presidential primary election, we put together an easy-to-use list of directions. The process to vote in the primary depends on your party affiliation, which you should have indicated when you last registered to vote:
If you are affiliated with the Republican Party, you should have already received your ballot in the mail. Be sure to fill out your ballot and mail it on or before Monday, March 2nd!
If you are affiliated with the Democratic Party, you should have already received your ballot in the mail. Be sure to fill out your ballot and mail it on or before Monday, March 2nd!
If you are affiliated with the Republican Party but would like to vote in the Democratic Party primary, DO NOT vote in both primaries. You can only vote in one or the other. Bring your ballot with you to a vote center on election day, Tuesday, March 3rd, and request a Democratic primary ballot. You can find voting locations here.
- You cannot vote in the Republican Party primary because it is a closed primary. The deadline to affiliate was February 3rd.
- To vote by mail in the Democratic Party primary, you must request a ballot from your county clerk no later than Tuesday, February 25th, a week from today! Just call or email your county clerk’s office (find that info here) and request a ballot for the Democratic primary. Be sure to fill out your ballot and mail it on or before Monday, March 2nd!
- To vote in person in the Democratic Party primary, go to a vote center on Tuesday, March 3rd and request a Democratic primary ballot. You can find voting locations here.
If you are unsure of your affiliation and would like to check your voter registration, you can do so here.