Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9th; eligible Utahns can register online or in-person through October 22nd. Voters who are registered already, but wish to apply to receive their ballot by-mail, can do so through November 2nd.
As Lieutenant Governor, my goal has been to get as many Utahns registered, informed, and out to the polls as possible. In 2010, our office partnered with county clerks throughout the state to launch Utah’s online voter registration website. Today, eligible Utahns can register to vote online, as well as update their personal voter information, change their party affiliation, and even request an absentee ballot - all from the convenience of their workplace or from home.
Utah was one of the first three states nationwide to offer online registration; currently we’re the only state to offer both online registration and an online absentee ballot application. In addition to simplifying the registration process and making absentee ballots more accessible, these online tools provide a significant cost savings to state and local governments. Last year, the Center for Digital Government recognized Utah’s online voter registration program as a “Top Government-to-Citizen Website.”
Simply put, these tools are working. Just last night, for example, more than 1,000 Utahns registered to vote online at www.voter.utah.gov.
Utah is leading out in connecting government to its citizens and providing its voters with the best possible information. At www.vote.utah.gov, Utahns can view a sample ballot and a customized Voter Information Guide, learn about election-day ID requirements, sign up to receive reminders via email or text message, find their polling place and Early Voting locations, and so much more. These innovative tools make participating in elections more accessible and convenient than ever before in Utah.
Still, despite all the tools and resources available, some Utahns will fail to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Our pledge is that every vote matters, every vote is counted, and that your vote in the ballot box holds as much weight as any American’s.
The right to vote, along with the responsibility to register and become informed, is yours. Let’s go, Utahns. The time to act is now. If you don’t register and vote, your voice won’t be heard.