2022 GENERAL ELECTION
The 2022 General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022. All active, registered voters will be mailed a ballot on October 18th and are encouraged to vote and return that ballot in a timely manner so that it may be counted. Early Vote Centers and Election Day Vote centers are also available for voters who would prefer to vote in person.
The General Election is an election where voters elect candidates to office. This differs from the Primary Election, where the purpose was to determine the nominees for political parties and narrow the field of candidates to advance to the General Election.
All voters in each voting district will receive the same ballot, regardless of their political affiliation. Voters may vote for any candidate regardless of their party affiliation.
For deadlines and other important information, please visit the links to the right. Answers to frequently asked questions are below.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will my ballot be mailed?
Ballots will be mailed out October 18th to all active registered voters. As voters update their addresses or register to vote, ballots will be mailed through October 28th.
Why didn't I receive a ballot?
Only active, registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot. If you meet those criteria and did not receive a ballot, please contact our office.
I got the wrong ballot / Not the ballot I expected.
Ballots are sent to voters based on their home address, which determines your voting district. If you didn't receive the ballot you expected, please contact our office.
What should I do if I make a mistake on my ballot?
If you make a mistake on your ballot or decide to change your vote, you can draw a line through the oval and name of the contest you do not want, and then fill in the oval for the correct one. When the ballots are scanned the change will be noted. If the ballot gets damaged or it is not possible to clearly indicate your choice, please contact our office and we will cancel the old ballot and send you a new one. (A replacement ballot cannot be ordered after November 1st.)
Who should I vote for?
The Salt Lake County Clerk's office is a non-partisan office and we do not make voting recommendations. Who you vote for is a personal choice. We strongly encourage every voter to research candidates and issues and make informed choices on their ballot. Resources to find candidate information are listed below.
How can I learn about the candidates?
A list of candidates with their contact information is available on our Candidates page. Candidate information may also be found on the Lt. Governor's website. You can find information about some candidates in the Voter Information Pamphlet. Also available is a Judicial Performance Review for judges listed on the ballot.
What contests will be on my ballot?
A list of contests and candidates in the 2022 General Election is available here. You may also view a sample of your ballot, with the pertinent contests, by using our Voter Information Lookup Tool.
Why do the contests and candidates on my ballot look different than in the past?
As a result of the statewide redistricting process, which occurs every ten years after the completion of the census, you may see candidates for new districts on your ballot. The 2022 General Election gives you the opportunity to elect officials who will take office in January, 2023 for the redrawn districts. If you have questions about the contests on your ballot or your new voting districts, please contact our office.
Where can I see which contests pertain to me?
You can look up your voter registration and see your sample ballot, including contests that pertain to you, by using our Voter Information Lookup Tool.
Why are there judges on my ballot?
Every judicial appointee to a court is subject to a retention election after they have served for at least three years. Supreme court justices appear on the ballot every ten years, while all other judges appear on the ballot every six years. Information on judicial performance can be found at the website for the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.
Why do some judges show up on my ballot and not others?
State law requires municipal justice court judges in smaller (fourth or fifth class, see §10-2-301) municipalities to appear on the ballot countywide. Justice court judges in first, second, or third class municipalities will only appear on the ballot in the municipality in which they serve.
How can I return my mail-in ballot?
You may return your mail-in ballot one of three ways: 1) By dropping it in any of the ballot drop boxes located throughout Salt Lake County. Ballots may be deposited until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day; 2) By dropping it off at any in-person vote center on Election Day until 8:00 p.m.; 3) By mailing it via USPS mail using the postage paid return envelope. Ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day.
Can I get a new mail-in ballot?
If your ballot is lost or damaged, you may request a new one by emailing or calling the Election Division no later than November 1st.
I am leaving town on vacation. Can I get my ballot early?
By law mail-in ballots cannot be sent out earlier than 21 days before an election. Early voting locations are available for in-person voting starting two weeks before the election.
Can I return a ballot for a friend or family member?
By law you are allowed to return a voted ballot for another person who needs assistance based on age, illness, or disability. You may also return a voted ballot for an individual who resides in your household. Returning ballots for individuals who don't meet these criteria can result in penalties. See §20A-3a-501-5a
How can I check my ballot status?
You can view the status of your mail-in ballot by visiting the State of Utah's website.
You may also sign up to receive electronic notifications of your ballot status by visiting the BallotTrax website.
Where can I vote in person?
Follow these links to view the locations of all Early Voting and Election Day Vote Centers.
What ID do I need to vote in person?
You can see a list of valid forms of identification here.
Can I still vote if I'm not registered?
If you would like to vote in the current election, but are not currently registered, you may register during polling hours at an Election Day vote center and cast a provisional ballot. To register and vote on Election Day, you must visit an Election Day vote center during polling hours and bring valid photo ID and proof of residency. A poll worker will assist you in registering to vote and casting a provisional ballot on an electronic voting machine.
How can I register to vote?
You may register to vote online, by returning a paper voter registration form to the Election Division, or you may register in-person at a vote center. More details are available on our Voter Registration page.
How often do I need to register?
Once you have registered to vote in the State of Utah, you don't need to re-register unless your registration status changes. If you have moved outside of the state and returned, or your name has changed, or your registration has lapsed by not voting in the last two presidential elections you will need to re-register.
How can I change my address?
If you are moving within the county, you may change your voter registration address by calling or emailing our office and providing us with the updated address. If you are moving into Salt Lake County from another state or county, you will need to submit a new voter registration form.
Am I eligible to vote in Utah?
To register you must: 1) be a citizen of the United States; 2) reside in Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the next election; 3) be at least 18 years old on or before the General Election. (Note: a 17-year-old may vote in a Primary Election if they will turn 18 years old on or before the date of the General Election.)
How can I become a poll watcher?
Any registered voter is welcome to observe the ballot counting process. To do so, you must check in at the Elections Office in room S1-200 at the Salt Lake County Government Center and have your voter registration verified. The ballot processing schedule indicates when processing will be taking place and which activities you will be able to observe.