VOTE: Election 2020
Utah
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October 27
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November 3
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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Utah?
Yes, you can! Voting by mail is the default in Utah.

How do I get my ballot?
Every registered Utah voter will automatically be mailed a ballot—no need to request one.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarke by November 2 and returned at a drop box by 8:00 pm on November 3 (Election Day).

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 20

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

ID Requirements
Non-photo identification is required:

Utah driver’s license
ID card issued by the state or a branch, department, or agency of the U.S. government
Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
U.S. passport
U.S. military ID card
Tribal ID card
Bureau of Indian Affairs card
Tribal treaty card

If a voter does not have one of the forms of identification listed above, he or she can provide two forms of identification that state the voter’s name and address listed below:

Current utility bill or a legible copy dated within the 90 days before the election
Bank or another financial account statement, or a legible copy
Certified birth certificate
Valid social security card
Check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy
Paycheck from the voter's employer or a legible copy
Utah hunting or fishing license
Certified naturalization documentation
Currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the U.S.
Certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change
Valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card
Currently valid identification card issued by a local government within the state
Currently valid identification card issued by an employer
Currently valid identification card issued by a college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the state
Current Utah vehicle registration

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Biography

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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Governor of Utah

Biography

Chris Peterson (Democratic Party) is running for election for Governor of Utah. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic convention on April 25, 2020.

On April 20, 2020, Peterson announced that he chose Karina Andelin Brown as his running mate.

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Biography

Daniel Rhead Cottam (Libertarian Party) is running for election for Governor of Utah. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Biography

Gregory Duerden (Independent American Party of Utah) is running for election for Governor of Utah. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Duerden (Independent American Party) was a candidate for Utah's 3rd congressional district in 2018. He was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Duerden was an Independent American Party candidate for lieutenant governor of Utah in 2016. He was also a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 16 of the Utah State Senate.

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Biography

Richard Whitney (independent) is running for election for Governor of Utah. He is a write-in candidate in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Biography

Spencer Cox (Republican Party) is the Lieutenant Governor of Utah. He assumed office on October 16, 2013. His current term ends on January 4, 2021.

Cox (Republican Party) is running for election for Governor of Utah. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 30, 2020.

Cox previously served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 58. He was elected to the chamber in 2012 and served until being sworn in as lieutenant governor.

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Initiatives

Utah Constitutional Amendment A
Gender-Neutral Constitutional Language Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the amendment to remove gendered language in the Utah Constitution and replace it with gender-neutral language.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the state constitution's language to be gender-neutral.

Utah Constitutional Amendment B
Legislator Qualifications Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the constitutional amendment to specify that certain qualifications of a legislator—such as age— apply as of the time of election or appointment rather than the time a legislator assumes office.

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A "no" vote opposes the constitutional amendment to specify that certain qualifications of a legislator—such as age— apply as of the time of election or appointment rather than the time a legislator assumes office.

Utah Constitutional Amendment C
Remove Slavery as Punishment for a Crime from Constitution Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports removing language from the Utah Constitution that allows the use of slavery and involuntary servitude as criminal punishments.

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A "no" vote opposes this amendment, thus keeping language in the state constitution that allows the use of slavery and involuntary servitude as criminal punishments.

Utah Constitutional Amendment D
Municipal Water Resources Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the constitutional amendment to specify the circumstances under which a municipality may commit water resources or supply water outside its boundary or exchange water resources and revise provisions surrounding municipal water rights.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the state Constitution to specify the circumstances under which a municipality may commit water resources or supply water outside its boundary or exchange water resources and revise provisions surrounding municipal water rights.

Utah Constitutional Amendment E
Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports establishing a constitutional right to hunt and fish in Utah.

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A "no" vote opposes establishing a constitutional right to hunt and fish in Utah.

Utah Constitutional Amendment F
Legislative Session Start Date Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports allowing the state legislature to set the January legislative session start date in state statute.

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A "no" vote opposes allowing the state legislature to set the January legislative session start date in state statute, thereby continuing to constitutionally require the legislative session to begin on the fourth Monday in January.

Utah Constitutional Amendment G
Use Income and Property Tax Revenue to Support Children and Individuals with Disabilities Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports allowing the Utah State Legislature to use revenue from income taxes and intangible property taxes to support children and individuals with a disability.

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A "no" vote opposes allowing the Utah State Legislature to use revenue from income taxes and intangible property taxes to support children and individuals with a disability, thereby continuing to limit such tax revenue to support public education and higher education.