In Utah, you have the right to the following as protected by federal law. Election staff must respect these rights:
- Accessible voter registration
- Accessible polling places
- Policies and procedures that do not discriminate against you based on your disability
- Accessible, available, and operational voting systems, features
- Your service animal to accompany you inside the polling place
- The right to vote privately and independently or with assistance, if needed
- Assistance from a person of choice, who can be a friend, family member, or poll worker (but not your boss, union agent, or a candidate unless this person is your family member)
- Election Staff trained to understand the rights above.
To register in Utah, you must be:
- A citizen of the United States of America
- At least 18 on or before Election Day (and you may pre-register at 16)
- A resident of Utah for at least 30 days
If you are a student, unhoused, a survivor of intimate partner violence with related concerns, or living with a mental or physical impairment, you may still register and vote
In Utah, you may not register or vote if:
- Have had your right to vote specifically removed by a court order, unless your right has been restored
- Are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
Federal law requires assistance in registering to vote from offices that provide public assistance or state-funded programs serving people with disabilities. Responsibilities include:
- Providing voter registration forms
- Assisting voters in completing the forms
- Transmitting completed forms to the appropriate election official
- All aspects of voter registration must be accessible
- In person on Election Day
- by mail
- with an electronic ballot through email or fax if you have a disability
- by Smart Phone App if you live in Utah County
- While abroad as a citizen or military through an absentee ballot request
- Provisional ballot at a polling place
- Early voting in some locations
All active, registered voters in Utah will automatically receive a ballot by mail. If you want to receive a ballot by mail to an address other than the one you are registered to vote at, you must submit an application for a mail-in ballot.
- Federal law requires polling places to meet minimum compliance standards for individuals with special needs.
- Polling locations have an accessible voting machine for those who have hearing or print disabilities. Ask to use the accessible voting machine when you arrive.
- This video with captions will help you in your voting process.
- Your county may have curbside voting. Contact your county clerk to see if this option is available where you vote.
- You may request assistance from a poll worker or receive assistance from a person of your choice with the following exceptions:
- your employer, an agent of your employer
- an officer or agent of your union
- a candidate on the ballot
- A poll worker cannot force you to accept assistance.
You can watch this video which explains how to vote as a person with a disability in Utah including explaining how to use the accessible voting machines. Here is the same video with audio descriptions.
You have the right to access a sample ballot and can preview and practice using accessible voting equipment by using the PDF file of the Inspire Marking System Manual.
You can contact Disability Rights Utah, and they will be able to assist you with voting issues that you encounter.
You can also fill out a Violation of Civil Rights Complaint Form and submit it to the US Department of Justice by one of the following methods:
- Online, through the form’s submission process - this is the fastest method.
- By fax at (202) 616-9881. You MUST include “ATTN: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Complaints" at the top of your fax submission for it to be processed correctly.
- By mailing your form to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General
ATTN: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Complaints
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
For additional assistance, The National Network of ADA Centers can provide local contact information for other organizations you may wish to contact, including your Regional ADA Center or ADA Knowledge Translation Center, or Federal Agencies and Resources.
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