VRM in the States: Utah
Utah currently has online voter registration, portability, preregistration, and electronic pollbooks.
Advances in Voter Registration Modernization
- Online Voter Registration: Utah launched online voter registration through the Lieutenant Governor’s Office in 2010. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.
- Portability: Registered voters who move to a new precinct within the state without updating their registration can, on Election Day, cast a provisional ballot that will be counted at their new polling place. Registered voters who move within the same precinct can affirm their new address at their polling place and cast a regular ballot.
- Preregistration: 16- and 17-year-olds can preregister to vote. Those who preregister can vote once they turn 18 without needing to re-register.
- Electronic Pollbooks: Utah authorizes the use of e-pollbooks at the county level.
Gains from Voter Registration Modernization in Utah
The steps Utah has taken thus far have yielded increases financial benefits for the state. For example:
- During a May 2013 interview with Brennan Center staff, Utah election officials reported cost savings on application processing due to online registration. Counties no longer need to print as many paper forms or hire as many temporary workers before elections.
- Utah implemented online registration at a cost of approximately $36,000.