How to Register, Vote and Track Your Ballot in Utah

Posted on 09/06/23 by Jessica Ravitz, Natalie Missakian

En español | Utah offers same-day voter registration, and every active registered voter is sent a ballot in the mail.

The second congressional district will hold a special election in 2023 to replace U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart. Some municipalities, including Salt Lake City, are holding local elections. The primary was Sept. 5, 2023 and the general election is Nov. 21, 2023. The next statewide elections are in 2024.

Essential info:

  • Upcoming elections: Visit for information.
  • Voting by mail: All active registered voters in Utah will automatically receive a ballot in the mail.  
  • Early in-person voting: Early in-person voting is available in all counties, but the window may range from four days to two weeks, so check with your county clerk’s office.   
  • Voting at the polls: You'll need to show an acceptable ID to cast your ballot in person.
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Have there been recent changes to voting in Utah?

Redistricting in 2021 changed the state’s legislative and U.S. congressional district boundaries and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot. Litigation over the redrawn congressional map is ongoing. Check back for updates.

How do I register to vote?

  • Online: Go to Utah’s voter registration website to register or update your information, including your mailing address. A valid Utah driver’s license or state-issued ID is required.  
  • In person: Visit your county clerk’s office. Or register to vote when you renew or apply for your driver’s license or a state ID card.  

Utah offers same-day voter registration during early voting and on Election Day, but you’ll need to vote with a provisional ballot and show two forms of ID.

If you have questions, contact your county clerk’s office or the lieutenant governor’s office at or 801-538-1041. 

Does my party affiliation matter when I vote in the primaries?

It depends. The Republican, Constitution and Libertarian parties require voters to be affiliated with their respective parties to vote in that party's primary. But the Democratic, United Utah and Independent American parties hold open primaries, allowing any registered voter to participate.

How can I get a mail ballot?

If you’re an active registered voter, you’ll automatically receive a ballot in the mail. Confirm your status at 

If you haven’t voted in the last two general elections or are otherwise deemed inactive, you'll need to update your voter registration information online or contact your county clerk's office to request a ballot.

How do I return my mail ballot during an election? 

  • By mail: Ballots must sent to your county clerk’s office and postmarked by the deadline. Instructions will come with your ballot. Postage is required, but some counties provide prepaid postage.

Can I track my mail ballot?

Yes, through Or sign up at BallotTrax to get status notifications. You can also call 801-538-1041 or email for help.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes. Each county is required to hold at least four days of early voting, and some offer it for two weeks. Contact your county clerk’s office for details.  

What do I need to know about voting at the polls on Election Day?

Polling place information will be listed on your county clerk’s website and at Check with your county clerk’s office to confirm voting hours. If you are in line before the polls close, you’ll be allowed to vote.

Do I need identification to vote?

If you’re already registered to vote, you’ll only need to provide ID if you vote in person. You must provide one primary form of ID that includes your name and photograph, or two forms of ID that, when combined, prove your name and current address, such as a recent utility bill and a bank statement. 

Find a full list of acceptable forms of ID at

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Sept 6, 2023, with new information about 2023 local and special elections. The guide was first published on July 31, 2020.
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