Primary election 101: Where, when, how to vote



Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, unaffiliated or a member of another party, there’s something on the primary election ballot for you.

As of June 21, more than 10 percent of registered voters statewide had cast ballots — that’s about 130,000 of them, according to lieutenant governor’s office.


In-person early voting started on June 14 and ends June 24. Go here to find out where to vote early.

If you want to vote by absentee ballot, June 23 is the last day to request a mail ballot via an application or online, according to the Utah State Elections Office. Your absentee ballot must be postmarked the day before the election to count.

If you want to change your party affiliation from a registered party to Republican, the deadline was May 28, so you won’t be voting on the Republican ticket, according to the Utah Elections Office. But if you’re unaffiliated, you can become a Republican at the polls.

The voter registration deadline for the primary has passed for Utah County voters. People who live in Cache, Davis, Kane, Millard, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete and Weber counties have same-day registration.

How a Utah primary works

If more than one person is running for the same seat, delegates at the state or county convention (depending on whether the seat includes one county or multiple counties) cast ballots to determine which candidate will be the party’s nominee. If one candidate fails to get more than 60 percent of the votes, then the top two candidates go on to face-off in a primary.

Because Republicans run a closed primary, if the two candidates in the primary election are Republicans, then only registered Republican voters can cast ballots in that race. That means Republicans will be choosing between Gov. Gary Herbert and Chairman Jonathan Johnson, and Chia-Chi Teng and incumbent Jason Chaffetz for the U.S. House District 3 as well as several state legislative races.

Democrats hold an open primary, so members of other parties may vote on Democratic candidates, like U.S. Senate candidates Misty K. Snow and Jonathan Swinton.

In nonpartisan races, like local and state school board contests, party affiliation doesn’t matter. So if there are more than two candidates for a seat, voters in that district will all get that race on their ballots.

To find out where to vote on primary election day, go here.

Primary candidates

U.S. House District 3
• Chia-Chi Teng
• Jason Chaffetz

Utah Governor
• Gary R. Herbert, Spencer J. Cox
• Jonathan Johnson, Robyn Bagley

Utah State Senate 14
• Morgan Philpot
• Dan Hemmert

Utah State Senate 16
• Christopher N. Herrod
• Curt Bramble

Utah State House 6
• Mike Brenny
• Cory Maloy

Utah State House 57
• Xani Haynie
• Brian M. Greene

Utah State 67
• Marc Roberts
• Richard D. Moore

Utah County Commission Seat C
• Casey Voeks
• R. Nathan Ivie

Non-partisan races:

State Board of Education
District 11
• Erin Preston
• Reed Chadwick
• Lisa D. Cummins

District 12
• Alisa Ellis
• Dixie Lee Allen
• James Rex Moss Jr.

Alpine School District

Board Seat 4
• Mark Clement
• Rachel Thacker
• Verlene West

Board Seat 6
• S. Scott Carlson
• Karrie Wilbur
• Miriam Ellis

Board Seat 7
• Joe Rivest
• Kirby Glad
• Sara Hacken

Nebo School District

Board Seat 3
• Layne Moody
• Shauna Warnick
• Randy Boothe

Democratic race:

U.S. Senate
• Misty K. Snow
• Jonathan Swinton


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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