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Sherrie Swensen

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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 on official Utah state holidays and weekends.

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

Salt Lake County Clerk


 

Voter Registration FAQ's

Who is Eligible to Vote in Utah?

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
  • A 17-year-old can vote if they will be 18 years old by that year's General Election

Am I Currently Registered to Vote?

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

When Can I Register To Vote?

You may register to vote at any time. However, to be eligible to vote in an election, you MUSTregister to vote. Same-day registration is possible by going to an Early Vote Location or Vote Center on Election day.

How Do I Register To Vote?

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

  • Online Registration: You can register online to vote 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. (You can update your address on your driver license online before registering to vote by going to their website: www.utahdriverslicense.org.)  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 mail-in voter registration form that can be found in our office or at Mail-in Voter Registration. If you are registering to vote using a mail-in voter registration form, you must mail your completed registration 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.
  • Same Day Registration: You may go to an early voting location or Election Day Vote Center and register and vote at the same time if you have not previously registered or updated your registration after moving. You will be asked to complete a provisional ballot form, which becomes your voter registration form. Once you provide Identification and proof of residency, you will be issued a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will be counted and added to the election results once the Election staff has reviewed and accepted your provisional form for completeness.

Do I Have To Select A Political Party When I Register To Vote?

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 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 to unaffiliated voters allowing them to affiliate and participate in closed primary elections. 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.)

What Information Will I Receive After Registering To Vote?

Once you register to vote, you will be sent a Voter Information Card, which lists your precinct and district number. 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. 

Will I Ever Need To Re-Register To Vote?

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

What If I Am Registered To Vote But I Moved?

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.

Please note, the post office does not forward ballots. 

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

What If I Moved But Didn’t Notify The Election Division Before The Deadline?

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 Tuesday 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 an early vote location or Vote Center on Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted and your voter registration will be updated.


 

Voting in Person FAQ's

Where Do I Vote on Election Day

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).

Can I Vote Prior To Election Day?

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

  • Vote By Mail – Ballots are mailed 3 weeks prior to Election Day to all active registered voters.  
  • 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 prior to the Election. Please visit Dates, Hours & Locations for places, dates and hours.

Will I Need To Provide ID To Vote At An Early Vote Location Or Vote Center?

Yes, all voters must present identification to vote at an early vote location or Election Day Vote Center. The identification must 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.

Why Was I Offered A Provisional Ballot?

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.

Why Does My Precinct Boundary Change?

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.

How Do Municipal Elections Differ From County Elections?

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 recorder although many cities contract for election services with the County Clerk. 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.

Who Is Eligible To Vote In Utah?

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

 

Vote By Mail FAQ's

How Can I Receive A Vote-by-Mail Ballot?

Salt Lake County elections are conducted by mail, you need to be a registered voter in Salt Lake County in order to receive a ballot. All registered voters are sent ballots and prepaid return envelopes for Vote by Mail Elections.

Your application must be received in the Clerk’s Office no later than the Tuesday prior to Election Day.  

What If I Move?

If you have moved within Salt Lake County, call our office during business hours to update your address. You may also update your address by completing an online voter registration or downloading a mail-in voter registration form – both are available on our website.

Can I Pick Up a Ballot For A Neighbor, Child Or Parent?

Ballots must be mailed to a registered voter’s residential or mailing address. We cannot give or mail ballots to anyone other than the voter.

When Will I Receive My Ballot?

Ballots are mailed approximately 3 weeks before an election. Ballots cannot and will not be forwarded by the post office.

What If I Lose (or never receive) My Ballot?

If you have not received your ballot within 7 days after they are mailed, call our office. Your voter registration will be checked to ensure that the information is correct. If the address is correct, a replacement ballot will be sent. If your information has changed, your registration will need to be updated and a new ballot will be sent.

What If I Want To Vote In Person?

Take your blank ballot and return envelope with you to an early voting location or Election Day Vote Center. Give your un-voted, unsigned ballot and envelope to Voter Center staff. You will be allowed to vote on the electronic voting machine.

How Do I Mark My Ballot?

**Use a black or blue ballpoint pen. Completely fill in the oval.**

  • Follow directions carefully.
  • Read the entire ballot before filling it out.
  • Sign the voter affidavit on the back of the return envelope.
  • Lost or damaged ballots can be replaced by contacting the Election Office.

What If I Make A Mistake Marking My Ballot?

If you make a mistake marking your ballot, cross through the incorrect oval and name. Fill in the correct oval; circle both the oval and the name of the correct choice. Make your intent clear. Remember! Do not sign or initial your ballot!

Why Do I Need To Sign The Ballot Affidavit On The Envelope?

The signature on that affidavit, confirms your identity as the voter who voted the ballot. We compare the signature on the affidavit to your signature on your voter registration form.

What If My Signature Has Changed?

Complete a new registration form with your signature and submit it to the Salt Lake County Election Division. You may also update your signature by completing an online voter registration form application or a mail-in form that are both available on our website. If you do not have internet access, forms are found at post offices, libraries and our office.

What If I Forgot To Sign The Affidavit On The Envelope Before I Sealed It?

If you are not sure whether you signed your affidavit, sign the outside of the envelope.

What If I Signed Another Voter’s Affidavit?

Cross off the wrong signature and sign the correct affidavit. If the envelope has already been sealed, and the affidavit was not signed by the other voter, you may sign the outside of the envelope.

I Am Unable To Sign My Ballot Affidavit. Can Someone Else Sign For Me?

No one else can sign your ballot affidavit for you. If you are unable to sign, please contact our office. If the signature you provided with your voter registration is a mark, you need only to make that mark for your ballot to count.

Individuals with power of attorney cannot sign the ballot affidavit for the voter.

Are US Citizen's Living Overseas Or Serving In The Military Eligible To Vote?

Salt Lake County citizens who are either temporarily or permanently overseas and all active military personnel, including their spouses and dependents, are eligible to vote by absentee ballot under The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and Utah law. You can find an application to vote by visiting www.fvap.gov Complete, sign and submit the application to our office by mail, fax or email.

When Are Overseas & Military Ballots Mailed?

Military and overseas ballots are sent 45 days prior to an election. We will continue to send ballots until Thursday before the election.

NOTE: Military and overseas voters may receive their ballot via email.


 

Ballot Return FAQ's

How Do I Check The Status Of My Ballot?

You may track your ballot at the Lieutenant Governor's website or by calling our office.

I Need An Emergency Ballot. What Can I Do?

This is for voters who have been admitted to a hospital or care facility that still want to vote and the deadline to mail a ballot has passed.

Please call our office at 385-GOT-VOTE (385-468-8683).

Do I Have To Return My Ballot By Mail?

No. Ballots may be returned to any early voting location, any Vote Center, a ballot drop box, or in our office.

Can Two Ballots Be Returned In The Same Envelope?

No! There should only be one ballot in each envelope because we must have an affidavit signature for each ballot. If there are two ballots in one envelope, both ballots are invalid and a letter will be sent to one voter to gather both signatures for the ballots returned.