Calling all Utahns who used Same Day Registration!

January 19th, 2017|Action of the Week|0 Comments

The ACLU of Utah needs your help to make Same Day Registration permanent!

Same Day Registration (SDR) allows eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. Depending on the state, this one-stop process for registering and voting may be offered on Election Day, during the early voting period, or both. The benefits to SDR are many, including that it increases voter turnout, eliminates arbitrary deadlines that cut off registration when voters are most interested, remedies inaccurate voter rolls, and it can assist geographically mobile, lower-income citizens, young voters and voters of color.

We have had Same Day Registration in Utah for the past three years, but only on a temporary basis. Now it’s time to make this legislation permanent to make it easier for voters to get to the polls.


The ACLU of Utah is looking for voters in Salt Lake, Weber, Davis, Kane, Cache, Millard, San Juan, and Sanpete Counties who made use of SDR in the 2016 election to share their stories with us, and with legislators.

Fifteen states plus the District of Columbia presently offer same-day registration(SDR), allowing any qualified resident of the state to go to the polls or an election official’s office, either before or on Election Day, register to vote, then cast a ballot, all in that day. In most other states, voters must register by a deadline prior to Election Day. The deadline varies by state, with most falling between eight and 30 days before the election.  In 2014, Utah enacted HB 156, which created a pilot project to test Election Day registration, to run through 2016.  For three years beginning in 2014, Utah counties could voluntarily opt to provide SDR.  In the 2016 election, Utah voters in Salt Lake, Weber, Davis, Kane, Cache, Millard, San Juan, and Sanpete County were all able to register and vote on Election Day.  Unfortunately, the pilot program has now expired, and new legislation is required to permanently implement SDR across the state.

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