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2016 Utah Voter Empowerment

This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2016 Fall NewsletterLetMeVoteBW >>

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 Utah Voter Empowerment Guide

Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. It is the fundamental right upon which all of our civil liberties rest. The ACLU doesn’t endorse or oppose any candidate or party, but we believe that no civil right is more important in our democracy than the right to vote.

To support and encourage Participatory Democracy we have created our 2016 Utah Voter Empowerment Guide. This is available online (www.acluutah.org) and is designed to help you protect your own right to vote. You may print it out and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.

Election Day Registration Program 

We have supported and encouraged legislators to pass Election Day Registration (EDR) since 2006. In 2014 the Utah legislature passed HB156 - Election Day Voter Registration Pilot Program allowing counties to opt in to the EDR program. Originally five counties participated and that has now grown to 8 counties representing well over 75% of all Utahns. 

If you live in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Kane, Cache, Millard, San Juan, or Sanpete County, YOU CAN STILL VOTE on November 8 even if you didn’t register in advance.

Voting Complaints

The ACLU of Utah wants to assure that each vote cast in Utah is counted accurately and equally. It is also important that election laws are applied uniformly throughout the state. If you have any problem with casting your vote or if you observed a problem at your polling place please take the time to let us know. We have an online voting complaint form that will give us the details we need to analyze the problem effectively. If you have any problems while registering or voting please contact your County Clerk’s office first. If they are unable to resolve the problem, contact the Lieutenant Governor’s office and then our office. 

UTAH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: (800) 995-VOTE www.elections.utah.gov/

ACLU OF UTAH: (801) 871-0329 www.acluutah.org/participatory-democracy

ACLU VOTING RIGHTS PROJECT (877) 523-2792 www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights