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2020 Utah Voter Empowerment Guide

 

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2020 UTAH ELECTION DATES

Link to information about June 30th Primary: betterutahinstitute.org/voter-guide/#primary 

Important Election Dates

  • Primary Election: June 30, 2020
  • Mail ballots are mailed to voters: around June 9, 2020.
  • In-person early voting: Please contact your county clerk's office or visit www.vote.utah.gov to learn the exact dates, locations and times for early voting.
  • Mail ballot postmark deadline: on or before June 30, 2020 (Election Day!) 

 

  • General Election: November 3, 2020
  • Mail ballots are mailed to voters: around October 13, 2020. 
  • In-person early voting: Please contact your county clerk's office or visit www.vote.utah.gov to learn the exact dates, locations and times for early voting.
  • Mail ballot postmark deadline: on or before November 2, 2020 (the day before the Election)

 

 You can become familiar with all of the Utah laws covering elections and voting at this Utah Government web page.

 

Contact information if you have any problems while registering or voting

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Who can vote?

Can I vote in Utah?

  • You can vote in the June 30, 2020 primary and the November 3, 2020 election if you’re registered to vote in Utah, or you can register in person on election day, however will be asked to vote by provisional ballot. (Register to vote online or at your county clerk's office).
  • You can register if you meet all of the following qualifications:
    (1) you’re a U.S. citizen;
    (2) you will have been a resident of Utah for at least 30 days on Election Day; and
    (3) you’ll be at least 18 years old on General Election Day (November 3)

 

Can I vote if I’m a student?

  • You can register to vote at whatever address you regard as your principal place of residence. This can be your school address or your home address.

 

Can I vote if I’ve been convicted of a crime?

  • If you were convicted of a misdemeanor in Utah, you can vote, but you have to vote by mail if you’re currently in jail.
  • If you were convicted of a felony in Utah, you can vote if you’re not currently incarcerated.
  • If you were convicted of a state or federal felony in another state, you can vote in Utah if your right to vote was restored in the state of your conviction.

 

Can I vote if I’m homeless?

  • You don’t need a home to register, but you do have to identify a place of residence (which can be a street corner, a park, a shelter, or any other place where you usually stay). You also have to identify a mailing address. You may want to use the address of a local advocacy organization, shelter, or outreach center, or anywhere else willing to accept mail on your behalf.

 

Where can I register to vote? 

How do I register?

  • (1) Beginning in 2018, the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles is initiating automatic voter registration that requires individuals who apply for, or renew their driver’s license, to choose whether to also be registered to vote.
  • (2) In person, by filling out a voter registration form at your county clerk’s office;
  • (3) By mail, by filling out a mail-in voter registration form and mailing it to your county clerk’s office; or
  • (4) When you apply for services at the Drivers License Division, Division of Workforce Services, Utah State Department of Health, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Offices, the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, the Department of Rehabilitation, and public colleges and universities. You may also be able to register at many other state and federal offices and agencies.
  • (5) Online if your address is current with the Driver License Division. If your address is not current with the Driver License Division, you may still use the online system but will be required to print the form, sign it and mail it in. https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html
  • In person on Election Day, however you will be asked to vote by provisional ballot.
  • You can get mail-in voter registration forms from your local elections office, from most libraries, colleges and high schools, or online at www.vote.utah.gov

 

What’s the registration deadline?

  • If you register by mail, your registration form must be postmarked 11 days before the election. 
  • If you register online or in person at your county clerk’s office, the deadline 11 days before the election. 

 

Can I register to vote on Election Day if I miss the deadline to register?

  •  Yes, thanks to a bill passed by the Utah legislature in 2018 you can register to vote—and cast a ballot—on Election Day in every county in the state of Utah. 
  •  If you register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day, you will be asked to vote via a provisional ballot—but your vote will still count the same as all the other votes.
  •  Regular voter registration qualifications still apply. You can register if you meet all of the following qualifications: (1) you’re a U.S. citizen; (2) you will have been a resident of Utah for at least 30 days on Election Day; and (3) you’ll be at least 18 years old on Election Day.

 

What if I’ve moved or changed my name?

  • You have to re-register every time you move or change your name.
  • If you moved to Utah from another state and didn’t re-register you can register in person during early voting or on Election Day, however you will be asked to vote by provisional ballot.
  • If you moved within Utah and didn’t re-register, you’ll have to cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will only be counted if election officials determine after the election that you were eligible to vote.
  • If you moved after the registration deadline, call your county clerk’s office as soon as possible to find out where to vote.

 

How do I know if I’m registered?

 

How do I vote?

Can I vote before Election Day?

  • Yes. Any registered voter can vote before Election Day by casting an absentee ballot or by casting a ballot in person at an early voting center provided your county has early voting.

 

How do I vote early in person?

  • The early voting period begins October 23, 2018 through November 2, 2018. Check www.vote.utah.gov, your local newspaper or call your county clerk for the hours and location of an early voting center near you.

Can I get a ballot in my native language?

  • If you vote in San Juan County, you have the right to assistance in Navajo and Ute languages. Poll workers are required to offer this assistance to you. If they don’t, tell a poll worker that you want assistance in one of these languages. You’re entitled to translation of all ballots and other election materials.
  • If assistance in your language isn’t required where you vote, you have the right to bring an interpreter with you to the polls or to get assistance in your language from anyone you choose, including a poll worker, as long as the person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your labor union. A county may also chose to voluntarily provide election materials in languages other than English, such as Salt Lake County, which provides materials in Spanish.

 

 

Do I need ID to vote? 

Do I have to show ID?

  • Yes, identification is required. Utah Code Ann. § 20A-3-104.

 

What are the accepted forms of ID?

Accepted forms of ID include:

  • (1) a valid form of photo identification that shows your name, photograph, and current address; or 
  • (2) two different forms of identification without a photo that show your name and current address. Utah Code Ann. § 20A-1-102
  • [3] Additionally, each of the following is by itself a valid form of ID for voting purposes: a valid United States military identification card, a Bureau of Indian Affairs card or a tribal treaty card. Utah Code Ann. § 20A-1-102.

 

What if I don’t have any ID?

  • Ask for a provisional ballot. You have the right to vote by provisional ballot even if you don’t have ID with you when you vote. Utah Code Ann. § 20A-3-105.5.

 

 

How do I file a complaint?

  • You can call the national ACLU Voter Protection Hotline at (877) 523-2792, one of the election hotline numbers listed at the bottom of this page or file a complaint online with the ACLU of Utah

 

Who can help if I have problems registering or voting?