SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Tuesday, June 26, 2018 is Primary Election Day in Utah.
The polls will officially open Tuesday morning and experts expect a larger turnout this year.
As candidates make their last-minute pitches to voters, they know the only thing that matters is turnout.
“No matter how far ahead you are in the polls, those don’t hold true if people don’t show up,” said Jason Perry Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
With Election Day registration available across the state, and most counties having mail-in options turnout is expected to be higher.
“That is having a positive impact on the state and it’s getting more people involved,” said Perry.
While most of the focus has been on the U.S. Senate and Congressional races. Some of the biggest impacts of Tuesday’s primary will be right here in the local legislature.
Several high-profile lawmakers are stepping away which is leaving open seats, while others are being challenged.
“There are 17 seats legislative seats in the primary and people are going to be watching those closely. Those are the ones that vote on legislation that impacts us very directly.”
Perry says it’s not too late for voters to get informed on the candidates in their district and vote.
He also notes many will be focusing on the turnout to see if any trends arise for either party.
“If Democrats have a strong showing in the primary they will try to leverage that as the blue wave that was predicted. If they do not have a great showing the other side is going to use it for just the same kind of messaging, said Perry.
Even if you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late to make your voice heard thanks to a new law. It provides same-day voter registration across the state, but you have to have identification.
“Usually two pieces are best. Something like your driver license, something with your picture on it and then something that shows you live where you say you live. A bank statement, utility bill, something like that,” said Justin Lee, State Director of Elections.
Most Utah counties are using mail-in ballots those must be postmarked Monday, or they will not count. You can also drop off your mail-in ballot in person. Visit your county clerk’s website for locations. Traditional polling places are also available Tuesday in every county. They are open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m.