Utah Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodIn person, mail, online.HB3006 (only applicable to the 2020 regular primary election) cancelled all in-person registration for the June 30, 2020 primary.HB0097 (passed) prevents voters from switching their political party affiliation after March 31 of an election year.
DeadlineIn person; 7 days before Election Day.
Mail; postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
Online; 11 days before Election Day.
No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Same DayYes; same-day registrants must vote by provisional ballot.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

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

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDEither photo ID or two documents that display name and prove residence in state.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesHB3006 (only applicable to the 2020 regular primary election) cancelled all in-person voting for the June 30, 2020 primary.
SB6007 (only applicable to the 2020 regular general election) required counties to provide in-person voting by traditional or outdoor voting.
No Legislative Activity
Drop BoxAvailable throughout state, at least one in every county.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Return Deadline8PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyNot prohibitedNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Paid Political OperativesNot prohibitedSB6007 (only applicable to the 2020 regular general election) restricted third-party collection/return of absentee ballots in most instances to individuals sharing a household with the voter.No Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesFacilitated and encouraged by SB6007 (only applicable to the 2020 regular general election).No Legislative Activity
In PersonYesHB3006 (only applicable to the 2020 regular primary election) cancelled all in-person voting for the June 30, 2020 primary.No Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
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Cure ProcessYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDRequired, but with alternatives.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other OptionsIf voter has no photo ID, voter may use two current documents that verify name and address.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Provisional BallotsUsed for voters whose right to vote is challenged, or who do not provide valid ID.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours7AM-8PMNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Wait TimeNo LegislationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
ElectioneeringProhibited within 150 feet of polling places.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
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Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyAt discretion of the Lieutenant Governor.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalDeath, written request, registration in another state, moving, felony conviction, or inactivity through 2 general election cycles.No ChangesHB0012 (passed) requires county clerks to cross-reference all death certificates against voter registration rolls and remove dead voters within 10 days.