Including Student Information
+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
- Voter Registration Deadlines: Voters can register using a provisional ballot on Election Day or during early voting. Mail-in applications must be postmarked 30 days before Election Day. Other applications filled out in-person, hand-delivered to the county clerk’s office, or done online must be submitted 7 days before Election Day or the applicant will have to register through the provisional ballot process.
- General Election Registration Deadline: If not registering by provisional ballot on Election Day or during early voting. By mail – October 9, 2018. At the county clerk’s office and online – October 30, 2018
- General Election: November 6, 2018
+ Official Election Websites
Voter registration forms, polling place locations, and more information can be found at vote.utah.gov/.
Register to vote online at https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg.
+ Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
If you register online, you must provide a Utah Driver’s License number or ID number. The state voter registration form requires your Utah Driver’s License number, ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.
+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
All Utah voters will be asked to present valid ID to a poll worker. Acceptable IDs include:
- A currently valid Utah driver’s license,
- A currently valid ID card issued by the state or federal government,
- A currently valid Utah concealed weapon permit,
- A currently valid U.S. passport,
- A currently valid U.S. military ID card,
- A Bureau of Indian Affairs card (with or without picture), and
- A tribal treaty card (with or without picture), or a valid tribal ID card (with or without picture).
A voter may alternatively provide two forms of ID that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the precinct. One of these forms of ID may be a student ID issued by a school within the state. Other forms include:
- A current utility bill, dated within the 90 days before the election,
- A bank or other financial account statement,
- A certified birth certificate,
- Certified naturalization documents,
- A valid Social Security card,
- A check issued by the state or the federal government, and
- A paycheck from the voter’s employer.
+ Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index
+ How Can I Vote?
All registered Utah voters may vote by absentee ballot in Utah without providing a reason for doing so. If you choose to vote by mail, you must apply for an absentee ballot online, or through a paper application that must be mailed to your local county clerk’s office. Applications can be found online.
All applications must be received by the county clerk’s office no later than the Tuesday before Election Day.
Completed ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by the day before Election Day. Absentee voters casting a ballot for the first time in Utah must include a copy of their ID. If you apply for and cast an absentee ballot in person, you must do so by the Tuesday before Election Day. You may also vote your absentee ballot in person on Election Day at your polling location.
Several counties in Utah carry out all or select elections entirely by mail. If you an active registered voter in one of these counties, your ballot will automatically be mailed to you. Check with your election official to make sure you are an active registered voter.
Early voting is available in every county, but the hours and days vary. Check your county’s locations, dates, and hours.
Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the time polls close, you will be allowed to vote.
+ Common Questions/Concerns
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
- Federal Financial Aid
- Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
- Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
- Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
- Tuition Status
- Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community
Will registering to vote in Utah affect my driver’s license or car registration?
- As a full-time student in Utah, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Utah. For more information, you may wish to contact the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Utah legal professional.
Last updated May 2018