Eight Utah counties offering same day voter registration

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The voter registration deadline has come and gone, but the window is still open for some Utahns.

Eight Utah counties are participating in a pilot project for same day voter registration.

It could lead to a state wide practice.

The counties represent a mix of large, medium and small populations.

“It’s an opportunity for us to get data on how well that might work or what issues are. So, we can go back to the legislature early next year and show them the pros and cons, and determine whether this is something that should be permanent,” said State Director of Elections, Mark Thomas.

Thomas says if it is made permanent state wide it’s another way to make sure every vote counts.

“It’s a good fail safe in case somewhere along the process there is a failure and we can ensure that vote counts,” said Thomas.

To register on election day you need one valid form of voter ID, like a driver license, state id card or passport.

If you don’t have any of those, two secondary forms of ID with your name and address will do.

That includes a utility bill, credit card statement or vehicle registration.

“Show up at any polling location in a county that is doing the pilot project,” said Thomas.

Those eight counties are; Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Cache, Kane, Millard, Sanpete and San Juan.

When they launched the project Thomas thought mostly younger voters would take advantage, but he says they’ve seen same day registration consistently used by all ages.

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