Voter Guide: Utah 2019 Municipal Elections
What Are Municipal Elections?
Municipal elections are nonpartisan elections for municipal offices such as city mayor and city council, as well as special service district positions, like sewer, water and parks and recreation. Municipal elections are held every odd year in Utah.
Primary and General Elections
Municipal are held by municipality and can have a primary as well as the general election, depending on the number of candidates who file for each position. When there are more than double the number of candidates for any elected seat, a primary election is held in the summer (August) to determine the top two candidates for that seat. Regardless of whether a primary election is held, a general election is held in November to elect officials to their seats.
Voter Information and Registration
Find information about your ballot and polling location, as well as your voter registration status at Utah’s voter information website: vote.utah.gov. You can also register to vote or update your voter registration there or at www.voterise.org. Find more information about registering to vote here. Find election results at the state elections website: elections.utah.gov.
Important Dates: 2019 Municipal Election
July 23, 2019: Mail ballots are sent to voters.
July 30, 2019: In-person early voting begins. Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at an early polling location. Early voting may not be available in certain municipalities.
August 6, 2019: Last day to request a mail ballot and register to vote online or at the county clerk’s office.
August 9, 2019: In-person early voting ends.
August 13, 2019: Municipal Primary Election. Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at a polling location.
October 15, 2019: Mail ballots are sent to voters.
October 22, 2019: In-person early voting begins. Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at an early polling location. Early voting may not be available in certain municipalities.
October 29, 2019: Last day to request a mail ballot and register to vote online or at the county clerk’s office.
November 1, 2019: In-person early voting ends.
November 5, 2019: Municipal General Election. Voters may register to vote with a provisional ballot at a polling location.
How Can I Vote?
Utah is conducting a mail election. If you are an active registered voter, your ballot will be mailed to you by July 30, 2019. If you did not receive a ballot, contact your County Clerk.
Postmark your ballot on or before August 12, 2019 (the day before the election).
Or drop your ballot off at your county clerk’s office, a polling location, or a drop box by 8:00 pm on Election Day.
To receive your mail ballot, make sure you are registered to vote at this link.
Drop Box locations can be found here
- You must be 18 years of age or older, be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of a municipality, and be registered to vote.
- Voting rights are restored to convicted felons immediately upon completion of prison sentence.
- Homeless individuals may register to vote by listing a shelter as a residence.
NOTE: If you live outside of a municipality, you may not be eligible to vote in municipal elections, as these elections are for municipal residents only.
Photo ID Requirement?
In Utah, voters who wish to cast a ballot at a polling location must present an ID that has their name and photo, or two forms of ID with their name and address.
Who’s On Your Ballot?
To view candidate information and sample ballots, visit your local city election website (if your city has one), your County Clerk’s office/website or the state voter information website at vote.utah.gov.
Every city has different seats up for election. You may see any of the following positions on your ballot:
The Mayor oversees their city’s main departments and is responsible for implementing legislation passed by the council. The Mayor acts as head of the city and City Council.
The City Council acts as the legislative branch of the city government. The council looks to the city’s goals, major projects and infrastructure improvements.
Special Service Districts
Parks and Recreation Board of Trustees
The Parks & Rec Board coordinates recreation activities throughout their municipality.
Sewer Board of Trustees
The Sewer Board of Trustees is responsible for providing wastewater collection and treatment for homes and businesses within the boundaries of their municipality.
Water Board of Trustees
The Water Board of Trustees ensures that water facilities for their municipality meet Utah state standards to deliver safe, clean, reliable, drinking water.
Fire District Board members determine general fire protection and rescue programs for the municipality.
What’s On Your Ballot?
In addition to candidate positions listed on your ballot, there may be additional ballot measures for voters to weigh in on that vary by municipality and/or county, such as:
A Proposition is a piece of proposed legislation to be approved or rejected by eligible voters. Some examples include:
- 2017; West Jordan City had Proposition 10 on its 2017 municipal ballot. This gave citizens the opportunity to vote yes or no on changing its form of government from a Council-Manager form to a Council-Mayor form.
- 2019; Utah County and Weber County may have propositions on the ballot that would change the County governments from a three-person Commission to a County Mayor and Council Structure.
You could also see other Questions on your Municipal Election ballot. This could include public opinion questions concerning local taxes, public transportation, infrastructure, city bonds, etc.