Utah elections office clarifies misinformation from Postal Service

The Office of Elections has issued the following statement related to a postcard sent to Utah households containing misinformation about the state’s mail-in ballot process:

Last week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) mailed a postcard to Utah homes concerning the upcoming General Election. Unfortunately, the postcard contains a recommendation which does not reflect Utah’s current voting rules.

The postcard encourages recipients to “request your mail-in ballot… at least 15 days before Election Day”. In Utah, all active registered voters in Utah automatically receive their ballots in the mail. Individuals do not need to request a mail-in ballot separately if they have previously registered to vote.

For the upcoming election, Utahns may cast their vote in one of four ways: through the mail, by depositing them at a mail ballot drop box, at an in-person early voting location, or at an Election Day vote center.

We encourage voters to plan ahead by going to vote.utah.gov to check their registration status, register to vote, or update their address.

County clerks will mail ballots to all active registered voters the week of October 13, 202, and voters have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020 to register to vote and automatically receive a mail ballot.