Beehive State

887,477 absentee ballots were cast in Utah’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 1,488,289 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 90.09%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald Trump, who won its 6 electoral votes with 58.15% of the popular vote. Utah has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1968.

Utah has a bicameral legislature with 29 senators and 75 representatives. The legislative sessions are held annually for 45 calendar days starting the third Monday of January, and Republicans have held the majority in both chambers for over 30 years. Utah’s governor, Spencer Cox (R), is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse requiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticYes; Utah is one of five "all-mail election" states.SB6007 (only applicable to the 2020 regular general election) further facilitated and encouraged Utah's voting "primarily" by mail.No Legislative Activity
DeadlineThursday before Election Day.HB3006 (only applicable to the 2020 regular primary election) extended the postmark deadline for mail-in ballots (set for June 19, 2020) to June 30, 2020No Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Utah averages a 57% rating, reflecting its right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.