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How to Vote in Utah’s 2024 Elections

Posted on 03/22/24 by Natalie Missakian

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Important Dates and Election Information

Key dates

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  • State primary: Tuesday, June 25
  • General election: Tuesday, Nov. 5

Voting at a glance

  • Voter registration: For the primary, the last day of regular registration is Friday, June 14. But same-day registration is available if you miss the deadline. Check your status on Utah’s voter registration page.
  • Voting by mail: Active registered voters will automatically be sent a ballot by mail. 
  • Early in-person voting: Available in all counties for the primary. Check with your county clerk’s office for dates and times.
  • Voting at the polls: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bring an acceptable ID.

Voting in Utah

What to know about recent changes

  • A 2023 state law moved the deadline to change your party affiliation. For the 2024 primaries, the deadline to switch parties was Tuesday, Jan. 9. The law applies to people registered with a party, not to unaffiliated voters.
  • Redistricting in 2021 changed the state’s legislative and U.S. congressional district boundaries. The new districts were used in 2022, but litigation over the redrawn congressional maps is ongoing. Check back for updates. 

Voter registration

Your county clerk must receive your registration form by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, for the primary. If you miss the deadline, you can register during early voting or on the day of the election. Scroll down for more information about same-day registration.

  • 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.  
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Registering to vote on Election Day

Utah offers same-day voter registration during early voting and on the day of the primary (Tuesday, June 25) 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 elections@utah.gov or 801-538-1041.

Primary voting and party affiliation

Utah allows political parties to choose whether to open or close their primaries to unaffiliated voters and those registered with a different party.

The Democratic Party allows anyone to cast ballots in its state primaries, but you must be a registered Democrat to automatically receive a ballot in the mail.

To vote in the Republican state primary, you must be a registered Republican with residency in the state.

The deadline to change your party affiliation to vote in the primary was Tuesday, Jan. 9. Unaffiliated voters may choose a party at early voting locations or at polling locations on the day of the primary election.

Ways to vote

Requesting a mail/absentee ballot 

If you’re an active registered voter, you’ll automatically receive a ballot in the mail. You can confirm your registration status at Vote.Utah.gov.

County clerks will mail ballots by Tuesday, June 4, for the primary. Contact your clerk’s office if you haven’t received your ballot shortly after that date.

If you haven’t voted in the past two general elections or are otherwise deemed inactive, you'll need to update your voter registration online or contact your county clerk’s office. Find more information about voting by mail at Vote.Utah.gov.

Returning your mail/absentee ballot

Return your ballot by mail or in person.

  • By mail: Ballots must be sent to your county clerk’s office and postmarked by Monday, June 24, the day before the primary. Instructions will come with your ballot. Postage is required, but some counties provide prepaid postage. Check with your county clerk’s office.
  • In person: Hand-deliver your ballot to your county clerk’s office during business hours or drop it off in a secure drop box or any voting location in your county by 8 p.m. on the day of the primary, Tuesday, June. 25. Visit Vote.Utah.gov to find drop boxes near you, or check with your county clerk. 

Track your ballot through Vote.Utah.gov. Or sign up at BallotTrax to get status notifications. You can also call 801-538-1041 or email elections@utah.gov for help.

Military and overseas voters follow different procedures and deadlines.

Find more information about voting by mail at Vote.Utah.gov.

Voting in person before Election Day

Each county is required to hold at least four days of early voting, and some counties offer more. The early voting window begins Tuesday, June 11, and ends Friday, June 21. Contact your county clerk’s office for details. 

Voting at the polls on Election Day

Polling place information for the primary will be listed on your county clerk’s website and at Vote.Utah.gov. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you’ll be allowed to vote.


Voter ID requirements on Election Day 

If you’re registered to vote, you will only need to provide ID when voting in person. You must provide one primary form of valid 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 Vote.Utah.gov.


Voting with a disability 


If you have a disability, you may vote by mail or request an email or fax ballot through your county clerk’s office.

If you prefer to vote in person, polling locations have accessible voting machines. Inform a poll worker when you arrive if you’d like to use one.

If you need help casting your ballot, you can ask a poll worker or choose someone else to assist you, as long as that person is not your employer, a trade union representative or a candidate.

Learn more about accessible voting at Utah.gov.

More information about candidates and key races

Key races

  • U.S. President
  • U.S. House: four seats
  • U.S. Senate: one seat
  • Governor 
  • State House: all 75 seats
  • State Senate: 15 seats

Go to Vote.Utah.gov to see a list of candidates on your ballot, and their profiles, when available.

Editor’s note: This guide was originally published on Jan. 31, 2024. It has been updated with new information about voting in the 2024 elections.

Natalie Missakian covers federal and state policy and writes AARP’s Fighting for You Every Day blog. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Haven Register and daily newspapers in Ohio. She has also written for the AARP Bulletin, the Hartford Business Journal and other publications.

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