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Voting Access Scorecard - Utah

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in Utah. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 21 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/deadlines.html
Y
State offers Election Day registration
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/deadlines.html
N
State has automatic registration
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/deadlines.html
N
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/deadlines.html
Y
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/deadlines.html
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
Locations determined by local officials. Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/app/earlyVoting/index.html
V
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
Hours determined by local officials. Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/app/earlyVoting/index.html
V
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/app/earlyVoting/index.html
Y
State holds all elections entirely by mail
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/app/earlyVoting/index.html
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/absentee.html
Y
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
Must be postmarked by the day before Election Day. Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/absentee.html
N
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
Utah Code §20A-3-304(4): https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter3/20A-3-S304.html
Y
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html
Y
State allows voters to register online
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html
Y
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
Certain non-photo IDs suffice. UCA 1953 §§ 20A-1-102: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter1/20A-1-S102.html?v=C20A-1-S102_2017050920170509 and 20A-3-104: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter3/20A-3-S104.html?v=C20A-3-S104_1800010118000101
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
Certain non-photo IDs suffice. UCA 1953 §§ 20A-1-102: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter1/20A-1-S102.html?v=C20A-1-S102_2017050920170509 and 20A-3-104: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter3/20A-3-S104.html?v=C20A-3-S104_1800010118000101
Y
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
Certain non-photo IDs suffice. UCA 1953 §§ 20A-1-102: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter1/20A-1-S102.html?v=C20A-1-S102_2017050920170509 and 20A-3-104: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter3/20A-3-S104.html?v=C20A-3-S104_1800010118000101
Y
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
Utah Code 20A-2-306(2)-(3): https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter2/20A-2-S306.html
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
Y
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
Y
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
Utah Lt. Governor: https://www.utah.gov/ltgovernor/news/article.html?article=20170630-1
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
UT ST § 20A-2-101.5: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter2/20A-2-S101.5.html
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
UT ST § 20A-2-101.5: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter2/20A-2-S101.5.html
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
UT ST § 20A-2-101.5: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter2/20A-2-S101.5.html
Y
State voting technology requires a paper trail
Utah does not have a permanent voter verifiable ballot or record requirement.
N
State requires poll worker training
Utah does not appear to have any state training requirements. UT ST § 20A-5-601: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter5/20A-5-P6.html?v=C20A-5-P6_1800010118000101
N
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
UT ST § 20A-5-802: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title20A/Chapter5/20A-5-S802.html?v=C20A-5-S802_2017050920170509
Y
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
Utah Lieutenant Governor: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/voter-machine-demo.html
Y

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