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Voting Rights

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Important 2021 Election Dates

October 22: Voter registration deadline (note information about same-day registration below)

November 2nd: General Election Day

Voting in 2021

Most elections this year are municipal elections.  These important town and city elections have a significant impact on daily experiences in our communities.  Local leaders shape how our communities grow, celebrate, and support those in need.  They make decisions about our water, sewer, roads, sidewalks, parks, libraries, community centers, trails, cemeteries, etc.  They determine where businesses, housing units and open space will be located. They set tax rates and fees.  
To determine if your city has elections this year and who/what will be on the ballot, go to vote.utah.gov.  Then click on the “Learn about candidates and issues.”

Your Voting rights matter. 

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Your Voting Rights

Your voting rights are protected by the highest laws in our nation.  They include: 

  • You have the right to vote if you are citizen of the United States and 18 years old.
  • You don’t have to pass any kind of test to vote.
  • Anyone who will be 18 for the General Election (in November) can vote earlier in the year during primary elections.
  • You can pre-register to vote when you are 16 or 17.
  • Same-day registration:  Vote Centers traditionally offer same-day registration. 
  • Only a judge can take away your right to vote.  That means that even a guardian cannot decide whether you vote, unless the guardianship order signed by the judge says that your guardian can make voting decisions.
  • In Utah, you have the right to vote, even if you have a criminal record.  A person convicted of a crime and serving time in jail or prison cannot vote while they are incarcerated.  Once released, they can register and vote.
  • You have the right to vote privately and independently.
  • You have the right to an accessible ballot.   If you cannot complete the ballot mailed to you without someone helping you, you can request a ballot in a format that meets your needs.
  • You can have a person of your choice help you vote.  You can’t get help from your boss, union representative, or a candidate.
  • You can always ask a poll worker for help voting.

Registering to Vote

There are three ways to register to vote: online, by mail, and in person.  The voter registration deadline for any of these methods is 11 days prior to the election.

  • Online:  To register online you must have a Utah driver license or state issued ID.  The address on your ID must match your current residence or you must have informed the Driver License Division of your new address.  You may register to vote online at: voter.utah.gov
  • By Mail:  To register by mail you may print a registration form here. If you would like the Disability Law Center to send you a registration form, you may contact our intake line at 800-662-9080 or send a request to: voting@disabilitylawcenter.org
  • In-person:  During office hours at your County Clerk’s Office.  Note:  Due to COVID-19 conditions, county clerk offices may have altered their practices of meeting with the public.  You may want to call or check their website before visiting the office.
  • Same-day registration:  Vote Centers traditionally offer same-day registration. 

Voter ID

In order to vote in Utah, you must provide Identification.  If you register to vote online, the election official views an electronic copy of your ID and adds it to your voter registration file.  If you register by mail, you should send a copy of your ID with your ballot the first time you vote.  Once a copy of your ID is on file, the election official refers to it each year to confirm the validity of your ballot.  The signature from your ID is matched with the signature on the ballot.  Therefore, you don’t need to send a copy of your ID with every ballot.  Each time you vote in-person, you will be asked to show ID.   When your address changes, you should update your ID and registration. 

To learn about acceptable forms of ID, click HERE.

Early Voting

Every county is now offering at least four days of early voting during state and federal elections. To find out when early voting is scheduled and where you can go to vote early, contact your county clerk. Feel free to contact the DLC to learn where you can vote or to get answers to any question that you have about voting.

Image of outdoor ballot drop box in Weber County, UT.

How to Submit my Ballot

  • By mail: Every county in Utah has the option for mail-in ballots for federal or state elections. Stamps are preferred but not necessary. If you miss the mail-in deadline, you can drop it off at a vote center on Election Day.  Most counties have ballot drop boxes as well. 
  • At a polling place or vote center: This is an option for those who have difficulty reading or marking a paper ballot. Each polling place has accessible voting machines with options for enlarging text, audio ballot, changing contrast, accessible technology plug-ins etc. If you want to know more about the accessibility features, call us at (800) 662-9080 and ask what to expect.

Check out the videos we created to help you navigate voting in Utah:

Voting by Mail or at an Election center in Utah (video)

Voting by Mail or at an Election center in Utah (video with audio description)

More Voting Resources

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