To vote in elections in the state of Utah, a person must first register to vote. Only U.S. citizens aged 18 and older are eligible to vote.
When a person registers to vote they're required to provide a Utah driver license number, a State ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number on their registration form, and sign an affidavit affirming that they are eligible to vote. An election worker uses that information to verify their identity through the State of Utah, then creates a record for them in the statewide voter registration database.
Once added to the voter database, a unique Voter ID number is created for the voter. A Voter Information Card, or VIC, is generated with the voter's ID number and local precinct information and sent to their home address. If the VIC is returned to the Election Office as undeliverable, that voter's registration is made inactive until their address can be confirmed.
The voter registration database is regularly maintained to make sure only eligible active voters receive a mail-in ballot at election time. We ensure current and accurate voter information in a number of ways:
- By utilizing a national change of address (NCOA) database to identify voters who may have moved within the county and updating their address.
- Reviewing all undeliverable mail and attempt to verify the accuracy of voter's addresses.
- Inactivating voters who have moved to another state.
- Removing deceased persons based on reports received from the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
- Scanning the database for duplicate profiles and removing them.
If a voter's address or eligibility can't be verified, or if they haven't voted once in at least eight years, their record is made inactive until they can be verified. No inactive voter is sent a mail-in ballot until their status is changed to active.
We strongly encourage all voters to keep their voting address current so there are no delays in receiving a mail-in ballot.
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