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  • Salt Lake County Clerk
    Election Division

    2001 S State Street, #S1-200
    PO Box 144575
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4575
    Hours 8:00 – 5:00 M -F
    Closed state and federal holidays

    Phone:
      385-GOT-VOTE (385-468-8683)
    Fax:
       385-468-7401
    Social Media: 
        Salt Lake County Elections Facebook   Salt Lake County Elections Twitter
    Email:
        got-vote@slco.org
    Web:
       www.GOT-VOTE.org

Frequently Asked Questions

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    In order to vote in the State of Utah, you must be registered. To register to vote in Utah, you must:

    • Be a citizen of the United States
    • Reside in Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the next election
    • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election

    If you are not sure you are currently registered to vote, please call the Salt Lake County Election Division at (385) 468-8683 or visit Check Your Registration Status. If you are not registered to vote, please review the information below.

    You may register to vote at any time. However, to be eligible to vote in an election, you MUST register to vote.  Please read the next two FAQ's for more information.

    There are several ways you can register and you can select any one method that works for you.

    • Online Registration: You can register to vote online simply by going to the Online Voter Registration Website and completing the online form. In order to register online, you must have a current Utah Driver's License or ID Card. If you are registering online, you must submit your registration at least 7 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election.
    • By-Mail Registration: You may use a by-mail voter registration form that can be found in our office or at Mail-in Voter Registration. If you are registering to vote using a by-mail voter registration form, you must mail your completed registration form to the address on the form at least 30 days before the election to be eligible to vote in that election.
    • In-person Registration: You may register in person at the Salt Lake County Election Division, 2001 South State Street, S1-200, Salt Lake City. The office is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed on weekends and legal holidays. You must register in person at least 7 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

    To participate in early voting, you must register to vote at least 15 days before the election. [See "Can I Vote Prior To Election Day" below.]

    Yes! You can still vote on Election Day if you have not registered to vote prior to any of the deadlines stated above.  You will need to go to one of our Election Day Vote Centers and you will be issued a provisional ballot.  To find a Vote Center, you can use our website or call (385)468-8683.  You will need to present ID and proof of residency.  (Note: This change in the voter registration requirement is because Salt Lake County is participating in a pilot project for Election Day Voter Registration, which was passed by the Legislature in 2014.)

    You do not have to select a political party affiliation when you register to vote. If you do not wish to affiliate with a political party, just select "unaffiliated" on your voter registration form.

    Political parties in Utah may choose to close their primary elections (held in June of even-numbered years) and only allow those voters affiliated with their party to vote in their primary election. If you want to vote in the primary election of a party that has chosen to close their primary to voters who are not affiliated with their party, you would need to affiliate with that political party. Note: Letters are mailed in advance of Vote-by-Mail Elections allowing affiliation change to participate in closed primaries. Political parties allow "unaffiliated” voters to affiliate in-person and participate in their closed primary elections.

    (Party affiliation only pertains to partisan primary races held in even-numbered years. It doesn’t apply to non-partisan primary races or the November General Election.)

    Once you register to vote, you will be sent a Voter Information Card, which lists your precinct number and the various political jurisdictions in which you reside such as your congressional, state house and senate, county council, city council, as well as your state and local school board districts. You can check who your elected officials are by clicking the link on our website for Check Your Registration Status. In addition to showing your registration status, this link will also provide you with your precinct number, political jurisdictions and elected officials. Your Voter Information Card is not needed in order to vote; it is for informational purposes only.

    You will need to re-register to vote if you change your name and you must also re-register if you want to change your political party affiliation.

    If you are currently registered to vote in Salt Lake County, but you moved within the County, you will not need to re-register to vote. Please call the Election Division at (385)468-8683 or send an e-mail to Got-Vote@slco.org with your name and your new address in Salt Lake County. We will update your address with your new address.

    If you previously registered to vote in another county in the State of Utah, you will need to re-register to vote in Salt Lake County. Please refer to the information above regarding the various methods you can use to register to vote.

    If you move outside of Salt Lake County, you will need to re-register to vote in the new county or state of residency.

    If you are registered to vote in Salt Lake County, but moved within the County, you can call our office with your address change any time up through the Friday before Election Day. We can update your address in our voter records until 5:00 pm on the Friday before Election Day. If you have been previously registered to vote in the State of Utah, but did not update your address before Election Day, you may vote a provisional ballot at the Vote Center on Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted and your voter registration will be updated.

    If you have not submitted your Vote-by-Mail Ballot already and need to vote on Election Day, you need to go to an Election Day Vote Center. You can find a list of Vote Centers on our website, and find additional information with our Voter Information Look-Up tool. The Election  Division can also find available Vote Centers by phone.  Reach the Election Division at 385-GOT-VOTE (385-468-8683).

    Yes, you can vote prior to Election Day one of these three different ways:

    • Vote By Mail – For Vote-by-Mail Elections, ballots are sent starting 3 weeks prior to Election Day. For Election not conducted by mail, you may submit an application for permanent vote by mail and you ballot will be mailed to you. For more information on voting by mail, please click this link Vote by Mail Frequently Asked Questions.
    • In-Office Voting in the County Clerk’s Office– All eligible registered voters may vote in the County Clerk’s Office (County Government Center, 2001 South State Street, South Building, First Floor), prior to Election Day.  For information on dates and hours, please visit Dates, Hours & Locations.
    • Early Voting – You can also vote early using a touch screen device by visiting any one of the early voting locations in Salt Lake County during the two weeks prior to the Election.  Please visit Dates, Hours & Locations for places, dates and hours.  In order to be eligible to vote at an early vote location, voters must be registered to vote at least 15 days prior to Election Day and provide photo identification.

    Yes, all voters must present identification to vote at an early vote location or Election day Vote Center. The identification must be valid and show your name and photograph, OR you may provide (2) two different documents that show your name and current address. For a list of valid voter identification, please go to ID Requirements.

    A voter may be issued and vote a provisional ballot at early voting location/Vote Center on Election Day if the voter’s eligibility cannot be immediately determined by the election worker for any one of the following reasons:

    the voter

    • is not in the voter database;
    • does not have identification with him/her when voting in person;
    • has moved, but didn’t change his/her address with the Election Office prior to voting; OR
    • the voter may be listed as "already voted" either in early voting or by mail.

    The eligibility of the voter who voted a provisional ballot will be determined by the Election Division staff after Election Day. If the voter was eligible to vote, the provisional ballot will be counted.

    State Law requires county clerks to establish precincts that contain no more than 1,250 active registered voters. As voter population and political jurisdictions change, precincts must be adjusted to best serve voters. By law, precinct boundaries can only be adjusted in odd-numbered years.

    Municipal elections are nonpartisan and are held in odd-numbered years to elect the city mayor and council members. These elections are the statutory responsibility of the city recorders although many cities contract for election services with the Salt Lake County Clerk. Vote Centers may be different than those used in even-numbered years since precincts are consolidated as a cost-saving measure. If you have any questions regarding municipal elections, please contact your City Recorder. Countywide elections are held in even-numbered years and are administered by the County Clerk.