Utah Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated June 11, 2014
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration: Postmarked 30 days before the election (by mail). Received 15 days before the election (in person and online)
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by the Thursday before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Postmarked by the day before the election

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: If you have a valid Utah driver's license or state ID card, use Utah's online voter registration tool.

You can also use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost or never received it. You don't actually need your voter registration card to vote.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Good news! Any registered Utah voter may vote by absentee ballot.

If you have a valid Utah driver's license or state ID card, use Utah's online registration tool to register as an absentee voter.

You can also download and complete the Utah Absentee Ballot Application. For absentee voting in statewide general and primary elections (held in even-numbered years), your application should be filed by mail or in person with your County Clerk.  For municipal primary and general elections (held in odd numbered years), your application should be filed by mail or in person with your City Clerk or Recorder (click on the "member directory" link on the left).

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

The ballot is pretty straightforward.  Complete all required sections and sign where indicated.  If someone helped you read or fill out the ballot, have your ballot notarized or signed by a witness.  Mail your completed ballot back to the address printed on the form.  Your ballot must be postmarked the day before the election.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to provide ID when I apply for an absentee ballot?

You do not need to provide ID if you've voted in person at Utah once.  If you are a first-time voter and you did not include a copy of your photo ID or your proof of residency with your voter registration form, include it with your Absentee Ballot Application.  Include a copy of a one valid form of photo identification that shows your name and Utah address (ex: Utah license, Utah state ID card, US passport or Military ID), or two different documents that show your name and Utah address (current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document).

Can I vote by absentee ballot on a permanent basis?

YES!  You can use the Utah Absentee Ballot Application to apply for permanent absentee voter status -- simply check off the box.  Once you're approved, Utah will automatically send you an absentee ballot for each eligible election.  This is a great way to make sure you never miss another election!

I need an emergency absentee ballot.  Help!

If you are hospitalized or otherwise confined to a medical or long-term care institution after the deadline for filing an application for an absentee ballot, you may obtain an Emergency Absentee Ballot by contacting your County Clerk

You or your representative must return your voted absentee ballot to the election officer (either your County Clerk or your City Clerk or Recorder, depending on the year) before the polls close on election day.

Can I vote in person before the election?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

Utah Elections Website: www.elections.utah.gov
Email: elections@utah.gov
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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