2020 Utah Primary Election Guide
Utah will hold a Primary Election on June 30, 2020. Due to COVID-19, this election will be unlike any other in state history.
This election will be conducted almost entirely by mail.
It is crucial that your voter registration is received by your county clerk’s office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, June 19.
KEY DATES & DEADLINES
Friday, June 19 at 5pm: Deadline to register to vote, change parties or update your registration. Your registration MUST be received by your county clerk’s office by 5:00 pm on Friday, the best way to ensure this deadline is met is to register online at vote.utah.gov.
Am I eligible to vote on June 30?
You must be:
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can still pre-register to vote. If you pre-register, you will automatically be registered to vote when you turn 18 years old.
If you are a college or graduate student, you can register at the address that you consider your permanent residence. This may be your home address or your current address at school.
What identification do I need to register to vote?
If you are registering online, you will need a valid Utah driver license or valid Utah ID is required.
When is the deadline to register to vote or update my registration?
The deadline to register to vote, change your party affiliation or changing your mailing address is Friday, June 19.
Your registration MUST be received by your county clerk’s office by 5:00 pm on Friday. This means your ballot must be IN HAND at the county clerk’s office.
To ensure your registration is received on time, register online at vote.utah.gov.
PRIMARY ELECTION INFORMATION
What primary election contests are on the ballot?
There are various Democratic, Republican, and non-partisan primary election contests throughout the state.
These may include elections for offices like your local school board and the Utah State Legislature. Not every office will have a primary, nor will every party have a primary for each office.
The biggest primary elections happening on June 30 will occur in state or federal races. They are:
The winner of each of these races will face the Democrat candidate for each seat in November.
Note: The Presidential Primary Election was held on March 3, 2020, so you will not vote for presidential candidates in this election. Additionally, other parties—such as the Libertarian Party—do not have any primary elections this year.
COVID-19 IMPACT ON ELECTIONS
What does COVID-19 mean for this election? What changes have been made?
The Primary Election will be conducted primarily by mail to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
PARTY AFFILIATION & CHANGES
I hear a lot of people talking about changing their party affiliation. Why?
To vote in the Republican Primary, you must be a Republican voter. You do not have to be a Democrat to vote in the Democratic primary, but you must request a ballot if you are currently Unaffiliated (or affiliate).
You can either vote in the Republican Primary or Democratic Primary, you cannot vote in both.
With the exception of a few partisan races, like State House 33, most of the primary elections, like Governor, are only a Republican Primary. The winner of the Republican Primary will face Democratic and other candidates in the November election.
You will be able to vote in all non-partisan races in your area, like school boards, regardless of party affiliation.
So, can I change my party affiliation to vote? Is there a deadline?
You can change your party affiliation by submitting a new voter registration form. To ensure you are eligible to vote in a particular party’s election, that voter registration form must be received by your county clerk’s office by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 19, 2020.
ABOUT MY BALLOT
When will I receive a ballot in the mail?
Your county clerk will mail ballots between June 9, 2020 and June 23, 2020. If you do not receive a ballot shortly after this time, immediately contact your county clerk’s office.
Will I receive a ballot in the mail automatically? Or do I need to take additional steps
If you are not affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties and would like to vote in either of these primary elections, OR would like to change your affiliation, you will need to update your registration by June 19.
Alternatively, contact your county clerk’s office to obtain a ballot.
Please note that the Republican Party requires you to affiliate with the party to participate in its primary election.
What happens if I receive two different ballots?
You should vote using the ballot you most recently received. This may occur if you changed parties recently to vote in the Primary Election.
Call your county clerk’s office if you have questions.
Do I need a stamp to vote by mail?
Some counties, like Salt Lake County, offer prepaid postage on your ballot envelope, and other counties do not. Your ballot will include instructions that will tell you whether or not you need a stamp.
If your county does not offer prepaid postage and you cannot obtain a stamp, your county may offer drop box locations. To view drop box locations in your county, enter your address at this link. Another option is to place your ballot in the mail without postage, and the Postal Service will still deliver your ballot to your county clerk’s office.
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