Utah absentee and mail ballot guide
Utah absentee ballot overview
All Utah elections are held by mail. This means that Utah will automatically send a mail-in ballot to every registered voter ahead of all elections.
- If you need to update your mailing address permanently, register to vote again using your new mailing address.
- If you need to update your mailing address temporarily -- because you will be out of town for a specific election -- request a one-time absentee ballot.
Utah absentee deadlines
- Earliest day to apply: Anytime
- Request deadline (online): 11 days before Election Day
- Request deadline (by mail): Received 11 days before Election Day
- Request deadline (in person): 11 days before Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (by mail): Postmarked 1 day BEFORE Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (in person): Received by Election Day
Utah absentee ballot rules
- All Utah elections are held by mail. This means that Utah will automatically send a mail-in ballot to every registered voter ahead of all elections.
- If you need to update your mailing address temporarily for a specific election, request a one-time absentee ballot.
Utah online ballot request (recommended)
- Visit the Utah absentee ballot website.
- Fill out all of the required information.
- Hit save or submit when you are done.
- The deadline to apply online is 11 days before Election Day .
Utah by-mail ballot request
- Download the Utah absentee ballot application.
- Fill out all of the required fields.
- Print the application.
- Sign and date your application. This is very important.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed application directly to your local election office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
- If it’s close to the deadline, call your local election office and see if they will let you submit your application via email or fax.
- Your application must be received 11 days before Election Day .
Utah in-person ballot request
- Visit your local election office.
- Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
- Fill out all of the required fields.
- Sign and date your application.
- The deadline to apply in person is 11 days before Election Day .
After you receive your ballot
- Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
- Sign and date the outside envelope.
- Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your local election office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided drop box. Please check with your local election office if your county has a drop box. You can use our Find Out Where To Vote tool to find an official drop box.
- If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked 1 day BEFORE Election Day .
- If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by Election Day .
- If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.
Utah absentee ballot ID requirements
- ID required when requesting a mail-in ballot:
The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.
- ID required when returning a mail-in ballot:
The signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.
Utah absentee ballot tracker
Track your ballot here: Utah absentee ballot tracker
Utah absentee ballot curing
Ballot curing is the process of resolving any problems with your absentee or mail ballot to ensure that your vote is counted. After tracking your ballot, contact your local election office to fix any issues that have been noted.
- Your ballot will be rejected if you forget to sign it or if the signature does not match the one that the state has on file for you.
- The state might contact you by mail, phone, text, or e-mail to let you know that there are issues.
- You must make corrections by 5:00 pm on the 13th day after Election Day.
Utah emergency ballots
Some states have special procedures that allow you to obtain an emergency ballot if a medical or other emergency occurs after the standard absentee ballot application window.Emergency Ballot Rules
If you are hospitalized you may obtain a ballot to use as an emergency ballot and vote at any time after the election officer mails ballots to the majority of voters and before the close of polls on election day. Any individual may obtain an emergency ballot application, a ballot, and a ballot envelope from the election officer on your behalf by requesting a ballot and application in person at the election officer's office during business hours.
- Emergency ballot request starts after the majority of ballots have been issued. Ballots must be issued 21-7 days before the election
- Emergency ballot request ends close of polls Election Day
- Emergency ballot return deadline is close of polls Election Day if hand delivered to a polling location or drop box & postmarked before Election Day if mailed.
Contact your local election office
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Utah elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
Office of the Lieutenant Governor P.O. Box 142325 Salt Lake City, UT 84114
- Utah online voter registration
- Utah online absentee ballot request
- Utah voter status lookup
- Utah absentee ballot tracker
- Utah provisional ballot tracker
- Utah polling place locator