Last day to register to vote; online registration open till midnight

Vote sign outside of the Washington County Administrative Building, St. George, Utah, June 28, 2016 | Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Tuesday is the last day people can register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

“Register to vote and vote early. That’s our main message,” said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox during a press conference, according to KSL.com. The Office of the Lt. Governor oversees elections.

Individuals who haven’t registered to vote in Washington County can do so by visiting the county clerk’s office, which is open till 5 p.m. and is located inside the Washington County Administration Building at 197 East Tabernacle St. in St. George.

For those unable to make it to the county clerk’s office, you can also register online at Vote.Utah.gov until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

In other Southern Utah counties, such as Kane and San Juan counties, voters will be able to register at their respective clerk’s office between now and Election Day, Mark Thomas, the state’s election director, told St. George News Tuesday.

The last day for voters to request mail-in and absentee ballots is Thursday, Nov. 3. They must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 7 to count toward the Nov. 8 general election.

Early voting at the polls ends this Friday.


Read more: VOTE: Guide to early voting | Candidate stories: From the county to the White house


As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas said 21.7 percent of the state’s registered voters have voted through mail-in ballots or in person at the polls via early voting.

Nearly 298,500 ballots have been processed statewide with a break down of 88 percent being mail-in ballots.

Mail-in ballots have been growing in popularity in recent years, and 21 of Utah’s 29 counties have gone to mail-in voting exclusively.

As to who has voted thus far, a statewide breakdown put unaffiliated and Republican voters at 20 percent each, with Democrats at 30 percent, Thomas said.

Within the last month, Thomas said, around 50,000 Utahns has accessed Vote.Utah.gov to register to vote. An estimated 6,000 registered via the website on Tuesday by 10 a.m. alone, he said.

“We’re seeing some record numbers,” Thomas said.

Utah is estimated to have 1.3 million registered active voters in the state.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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