Voting matters! Whether you are young or old, new or native, Republican or Democrat. Voting is one of the best ways to get your voice heard! Download the Action Utah Voter Handbook to learn the Seven Steps to Becoming an Informed Voter — and spread the word to others!
Introduction: Utah Elections
On every even year Utah holds partisan elections for county, state and sometimes federal offices, such as county commissioner, county assessor, county council, state representative and state senator, U.S. Congressperson and Senator and/or U.S. President.
On every odd year, Utah holds nonpartisan elections for municipal and special service district offices, such as city mayors, city council, parks & rec, water, sewer, and school board.
In both instances, primary elections are held only when there are more than double the number of candidates for any elected seat. Primaries, if there are any, are held in the summer between June and August. General elections are held on the first Tuesday in November.
7 Steps to Becoming an Informed Voter
Help Utah overcome low voter turnout by becoming an informed voter! Voting is the number one best way for community members to impact local, state and federal policymaking. Here’s what you need to know to participate in Utah elections:
vote.utah.gov – This resource allows you to find your local election information based on your home address, including all your elected officials, precinct number, sample ballots, candidate lists and links to register to vote.
NOTE: If there is no current election information displayed under your address, then you may reside outside of the municipality area holding an election and are not qualified to vote in that election, your municipality is not holding a primary election (though there may still be a general election later in the year) or election info is not yet available. Be sure to check local county or city election offices or websites for information specific to you.
County Information – Individual pages by county with info about the structure of the county government, departments and roles, county government meetings and contact and election information. Some quick links:
Salt Lake County: Elections (County Clerk) and Filed Candidates
Salt Lake City: Elections and Candidates
West Valley City: Elections/Candidates
Utah County: Elections and List of City Recorders to contact for candidate information
Provo: Elections and Candidates
West Jordan: Elections/Candidates
Davis County: Elections and Filed Candidates
Weber County: County Clerk/Auditor or Elections
Washington County: Election Information (Clerk/Auditor)
Cache County: Elections (Clerk/Auditor) and Candidate Information
caucus.utah.gov – Find out what is a caucus and connect to caucus information from all registered political parties in Utah. You can also register to vote here.
County Clerks – A list of contact info for all the county clerks in the state. Contacting your County Clerk directly about polling locations, voter information, ballots and election deadlines specific to your area.
Party Contact Information – Contact info for all registered political parties in Utah. Contact your party directly for dates, deadlines, requirements and other party-specific information for voting and running as a delegate or candidate.
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Student Voting Guide by BestColleges.com – Information on why student voting matters and voting resources for college students.
College Voting Guide by BestColleges.com – How to vote in college, know your rights, and overcome voting challenges for students, plus FAQs.
Voting by Issues by BestColleges.com – A guide to understanding what major issues voters care about and party platforms by issue.