The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah recently conducted a survey of eight county clerks throughout the state to determine their awareness and readiness for day-of voting on election day. The ACLU is concerned that not all elections officials are prepared for or fully understand the new provision. Referred to as Election Day Registration, Utahns who are eligible but unregistered to vote may register and cast a provisional ballot on election day. The new provision is part of a bill passed by the Utah legislature this year.
Cache County was one of only two of the eight counties surveyed that had information posted online about day-of registration. According to the ACLU, the Cache County staff seemed well prepared for Election Day Registration and the upcoming election.
“Voting is a fundamental right in our democracy and smart ideas like letting people register to vote on Election Day will reduce roadblocks to exercising that right,” says ACLU of Utah Executive Director Brittney Nystrom in a press release. “But these innovations will only work if they are supported by well-informed county clerks, trained poll workers, and with sound oversight from the state’s top election officials.”
On Thursday, the group forwarded the results of their survey to and called on Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and the Utah State Elections Office to work with county clerk offices throughout the state before November 6th, to ensure Election Day Registration is understood and goes smoothly.
Election Day Registration provides an opportunity for voters who may be eligible to vote but did not receive their ballot, lost their ballot, recently moved into an area, or whose registration information is incorrect.