Voting Beta: What You Need to Know for the Midterms

Voting Beta: What You Need to Know for the Midterms

  • Posted by Kaleigh
  • On October 24, 2018
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Registering to Vote (Make Sure You’re Legit)

1. Can I register to vote online? 

You may register to vote online if you have a current Utah Driver’s License or State ID Card. Visit vote.utah.gov to access this service. Please note that you may still need to print out your registration form, sign it, and deliver it IN-PERSON to your county clerk’s office, because the deadline for submitting registration forms by mail has passed. Your county clerk’s office can be found on this website: https://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/county-clerks 

Not sure of your county? Check here: https://countymap.org/whatcountyamiin/

2. How do I register to vote in person? 

You may mail or submit in person the voter registration form, before the registration deadline, to your county clerk’s office. Your county clerk’s office can be found on this website: https://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/county-clerks 
Not sure of your county? Check here: https://countymap.org/whatcountyamiin/

You can show up and register in person to vote on election day (TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6th) in your district.  To find out your different voting locations you’ll need to go to this website and type in your address to find out where to go (If you’re not sure of your registration status, you’ll need to bring an ID and a piece of mail with your current address and your name on it): https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index 

3. If I submit a voter registration form, how will I know if I am registered to vote?

You may check your voter registration status online by visiting the State Elections web site or contact your county clerk office. Your county clerk’s office can be found on this website: https://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/county-clerks
Not sure of your county? Check here: https://countymap.org/whatcountyamiin/.

If you are not qualified or the information on your form is incomplete, your application will be returned to you with instructions for completion. (For this reason, it is a good idea to include your daytime telephone number on your registration form.) 

4. If I previously registered to vote, do I need to re-register in order to vote in the next election?

You will only need to re-register if you have moved to a new address, changed your name or you wish to change your party affiliation. 

5. What are the eligibility requirements to vote in Utah?

To register to vote in Utah, you must :

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Have resided in Utah for 30 days before the election
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Not be a convicted felon currently incarcerated for the commission of a felony
  • Have a valid Utah ID

6. How can I find out if I am already registered to vote?

You may check your voter registration status online at http://vote.utah.gov/.

Please check your record for accuracy and your party affiliation (you don’t have to declare a party).

7. If I have moved since I last registered, do I need to re-register?

Yes. You will need to submit a new voter registration form. If you have moved from another state, be sure to fill out the portion of the form requesting “Name and Address on last Voter Registration.” This ensures your last registration record will be cancelled.

8. What if I am living temporarily in Utah and plan to return to my home state?

Out of state students or others living temporarily in Utah who register in Utah will give up their home state residency while they are registered in Utah (you can always re-register in your home state if you plan to return…nothing is permanent, don’t worry). Those planning to return to their home state can either change residency status OR  vote absentee in their home state as an alternative to registering to vote in Utah. You can access your absentee ballot and check on your voter registration status here: https://www.usvotefoundation.org.

9. How do I obtain proof that I’m registered to vote?

If you have been asked to provide certified proof that you are registered to vote, your county clerk’s office can provide you with a Voter Certificate during regular business hours. We can issue you a certificate so long as you are registered at your current address; there may be a small fee. 

10. If my name has changed since I last registered, do I need to re-register?

Yes. You will need to submit a new voter registration form.

Political Affiliation (Blue, Red, Purple, Green…)

11. Do I need to declare a political party in order to register?

Yes and no. Declaring a political party is optional unless: You want to become a delegate for a particular party, then you must register for that party. A particular party is having a closed election. You must register for that party if you want to vote in their closed election. The party you declare is public information.

12. How can I change political parties if I have already declared a party? 

If you want to change political parties, you can fill out another voter registration form declaring the new party.

Know When! Timing is Everything…Calendar It, bruh.

13. What are the dates of the upcoming elections I need to be aware of?

  • October 8, 2018 and October 16, 2018.
    1. All active registered voters in the state, except those living in Carbon and Emery Counties, will automatically receive their ballot in the mail. Your county clerk will mail your ballot to the addres you are registered. Not seeing it?? Call your county clerk: https://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/county-clerks
  • October 30th:
    1. Deadline to register online. A current Utah driver license or ID is required. 
    2. Deadline to register in person at your clerk’s office
  • November 5th:
    1. All ballots must be post-marked by November 5th to be valid. Sooner the better. — that’s the day before Election Day.  If you forget, you can always drop off your ballot on Election Day at your county clerk’s office, a polling location, or a ballot drop box.
  • November 6th 2018: General Election
    1. You can register at the polls on election day.  Be sure to provide identification and proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) with you.
  • NOTE: The deadline to register to vote by mail was Oct 9th (PASSED!)

Actual Voting (Sending!) 

14. Can I vote in person? 

YES!  You can show up and register in person to vote on election day in your district.  To find out your different voting locations you’ll need to go to this website and type in your address to find out where to go (If you’re not sure of your registration status, you’ll need to bring an ID and a piece of mail with your current address and your name on it):  https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index 

15. Can I vote early? 

You betcha! Do it when convenient at the following polling locations – note the hours. https://vote.utah.gov/vote/app/earlyVoting/index.html

Who and What Matters

16. How do I learn more about who and what is on my ballot? 

If you want more information about who is running in your district, what their issues are and the other issues on the ballot, these are a couple of good websites that can help:· 

What if I want to help a candidate I like? 

GREAT! Go to the candidate’s websites or social media pages (most will have an easy to find volunteer or donate option) and they’ll tell you how you can help. At this juncture, donations, canvassing neighborhoods, talking to friends and family, and showing your support on social media ALL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. Don’t be shy. Be polite and respectful. This is our country, our state, our home. Make your voice heard and get involved. And, remember, if you don’t vote…you can’t complain later.