Voting in Utah
Voter Registration In Utah
Who Can Register In Utah
To register to vote in Utah, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days before the election
- Be at least 18 years old on or before the date of the election (If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register to vote. If you pre-register, you will automatically be registered to vote when you turn 18 years old.)
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted, you can register and vote unless you are currently serving a jail or prison sentence
If you are registering to vote online or in person at your county clerk’s office, you must register at least 7 days before the election you wish to vote in. If you are registering through the mail, your voter registration must be postmarked at least 30 days before the election you wish to vote in. You can also register on Election Day (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
Utah Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Utah but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your polling place on Election Day. You must provide identification and proof of residence, and you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.
You can pre-register to vote in Utah when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
Utah does restore the right to vote upon release.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Utah
Where To Vote In Utah
Utah is a vote-by-mail state, so you do not need to visit a polling place to vote, but if you prefer to vote in person, you can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
As of 2020, all counties in Utah will conduct vote by mail elections. If you are affiliated with the Democratic Party, you will automatically receive a Democratic mail ballot. If you are affiliated with the Republican Party, you will automatically receive a Republican mail ballot. If you are not affiliated with a party (unaffiliated), your county clerk will mail you a letter several weeks before the election that will allow you to request either a Democratic or Republican mail ballot. You can also request either ballot at a polling location.
Early Voting In Utah
Utah offers in-person early voting. Voters cast provisional ballots during early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 14 days before the election and ends the Friday before election.
Primary Elections In Utah
Utah has semi-open and closed primaries. Only voters registered with the Republican Party may vote in that party's primary for both state and presidential primaries. Voters registered with the Democratic Party and unaffiliated voters may vote in the state Democratic Primary, while all registered voters regardless of party can vote in the presidential Democratic Primary. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Utah
Voter ID Requirements
ID is required to vote in person in Utah. Valid forms of ID include:
One primary form of ID that is valid (not expired) and has your name and photograph:
- Utah driver license
- ID card issued by the state of Utah or the US Government
- Utah concealed carry permit
- US passport
- Tribal ID card (does not require a photograph)
OR two forms of ID that, when combined, prove your name and current residence:
- Utility bill dated within 90 days of the election
- Bank or other financial account statement
- Certified birth certificate
- Valid Social Security card
- Check issued by the state or federal government
- Currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license
- Currently 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
- Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card
- Currently valid ID card issued by a local government within Utah
- Currently valid ID card issued by an employer
- Currently valid ID card issued by a college, university, technical school, or professional school in Utah
- Current Utah vehicle registration
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you may vote a provisional ballot. The county clerk or election officer will determine the validity of the ballot.
Voting by mail has a different process for verifying voter identification. When voters register to vote for the first time, they are prompted to visit their county clerk's office to provide proof of valid identification. A mail ballot cannot be sent to a first time voter until identification is verified in-person. Once this identification is received and recorded, the voter is eligible to receive a mail ballot and will not need to provide photo identification when voting by mail in future elections.
Each time a voter submits a ballot by mail, the signature on that voter's ballot is verified against the signature that they provided their county clerk with when they initially registered. If the signatures do not match, the clerk reaches out to the voter to request that they appear in-person at the clerk's office to verify proper identification before the ballot can be counted.
Additional Utah Resources
Your State Election Official
Utah Lieutenant Governor
Phone number: 801.538.1041