Clerk/Auditor

Vote By Mail FAQ

Washington County will be conducting elections by mail. Vote by mail is increasing in popularity with 27 of Utah’s 29 counties conducting their elections by mail in 2018. By mail voting means that each eligible registered voter will be mailed a ballot about three (3) weeks before each election. The voter can vote the ballot when it is convenient for them and return the ballot through the mail, place it in a drop box, or choose to vote in person at a voting assistance center. Visit vote.utah.gov to verify or update your registration.

What happens to my ballot once it is mailed in? Watch the video below and find out:

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my ballot?

Ballots are sent to the post office about three (3) weeks before each election and should arrive in your mailbox about two (2) weeks before each election. If you do not receive a ballot, make sure your registration is current at vote.utah.gov or contact our office at 435-986-3399.

Is my vote private (kept secret)?

Yes, The Utah State Constitution gives all voters the right to a secret ballot. Our new envelope design further ensures this right as we are able to verify voter signatures on a privacy tab that is removed from the envelope making your ballot anonymous as it moves on to the next step.

How do you know that a “real” voter casts their ballot?

Each voter must sign an affidavit on their ballot envelope. EVERY signed envelope is compared to signatures on file in the Voter Registration database. Your signatures must match in order for your vote to be counted. You can check the status of your ballot at vote.utah.gov.

What happens if my ballot is rejected?

If your ballot is rejected, you will be notified and given instructions on how to correct the issue. The most common reasons ballots are rejected are unsigned ballot envelopes or the signature doesn’t match the voter’s registration record. A rejected ballot will be counted once the problem is corrected. You can check the status of your ballot at vote.utah.gov.

Can I vote in person even if I receive a ballot in the mail?

Yes, as long as you have not already returned your by mail ballot. Any registered voter is always welcome to come to a Vote Center Location(s) on Election Day.

Vote Center Location(s) will be open on Election Day from 7am to 8pm.

Do I have to pay postage to return my ballot?

Ballots returned by mail require a First-Class or Forever stamp and must be postmarked no later than the Monday before Election Day.

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You may also drop off your voted ballot to a Vote Center Location(s) on Election Day.

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Additionally, Washington County provides 5 Ballot Drop Box Locations which are open 24 hours a day until 8pm on Election Day. Ballots returned via drop boxes do NOT require postage.

Can I vote more than once?

No. Each ballot envelope has a unique barcode that we use to give you credit for voting. This prevents a voter from voting more than once and under Utah State Code 20A-3-505 (1)(ii), it is unlawful for a voter to vote twice.

What happens if I make a mistake on my ballot?

If you make a mistake and need a new ballot, contact our office at 435-986-3399 for instructions on how to fix it or to receive a new ballot.

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