Pass this simple bill to protect voters (SB 42)

Ask your state senator to vote YES on SB 42 for better ballot security!

Elections in Utah are now run almost entirely by mail. Registered voters receive a ballot in the mail along with a return envelope to mail the ballot back to county clerks to be counted. The return envelope contains a signature line for voters, which is essential for county clerks in verifying a voter’s identity when the ballot envelope is returned.

Some counties use envelopes that do not cover the signature line of the voter, so a voter’s signature is exposed as the envelope makes its way through the mail system. It is possible to use a type of ballot return envelope that covers the voter’s signature while in transit, but this is not currently required in Utah law. If a voter’s signature is visible while it is going through the mail system, it leaves open the possibility of it being copied or stolen for nefarious purposes.

Simply click “Start Writing” to ask your state legislator to vote YES on SB 42.

What would SB 42 Ballot Security Amendments do?

SB 42 Ballot Security Amendments by Sen. Jani Iwamoto is a simple bill that aims to fix this security issue by requiring county clerks to provide a means of covering the voter’s signature on the ballot return envelope so that it is not visible during mailing. Ask senators to vote YES on SB 42 today!

A signature is something that is unique to an individual and is used for a wide variety of things, from signing checks, official documents, and as a means of verifying a voter’s identity when voting by mail. If a voter’s signature is visible while it is going through the mail system, it leaves open the possibility of it being copied or stolen for nefarious purposes. This bill would require the signature to be covered while in transit so maintains the integrity of the signature as a way to verify a voter’s identity, and also protects the voter from exposing the signature to those who would use it inappropriately.

How to make sure your letter is successful:

  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
  2. Start with a salutation (“Dear …”).
  3. Be CIVIL, PERSONAL and as CONCISE as possible.
  4. Mention that you are a CONSTITUENT and include your full address with zip code.
  5. Sign your name at the end.

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