It’s time to vote! Do you know what to do with your ballot?

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If you’re a registered Republican or live in a district with a school board primary, chances are that you got a primary election ballot in the mail this week.

For the first time last year, Utah County did a (mostly) vote-by-mail election. After initially deciding to go back to using voting machines, commissioners voted in March to make the 2018 elections vote by mail. So do you need a refresher on voting by mail? Here are answers to some important FAQs:

When is the ballot-mailing deadline?

If you’re going to mail your ballot, it needs to be postmarked by the day before the election. In the case of this year’s primary, that means Monday, June 25. However, the Utah County Elections Office asks that voters mail their ballots as soon as possible.

Do I have to vote by mail?

No. If you forget to mail your ballot or like the excitement of voting on a machine, you can vote early or on Election Day. Early voting will be available June 19-21 from 12–7 p.m. and June 22 from 12–5 p.m. at four locations:

  • Highland City Hall, 5400 W. Civic Center Drive
  • Utah Community Credit Union in Lehi, 3333 N. Digital Drive
  • Payson City Hall, 439 W. Utah Ave.
  • Provo City Rec Center, 320 W. 500 North

Voters who are registered in Utah County may go to any location.

On Election Day — Tuesday, June 26 — Utah County will have voting locations open in a number of cities. For a list, go to utahcounty.gov/Dept/clerkaud/Elections/Absentee.asp. And again, voters who are registered in Utah County may go to any location.

Can I drop off my ballot?

Yes. There are ballot drop boxes in many cities in Utah County. For a list of all the locations and addresses, go here.

What if I got the wrong ballot?

Call the Utah County Elections Office ASAP, (801) 851-8109.

I didn’t get a ballot, but I should have. What should I do?

Call the Utah County Elections Office ASAP, (801) 851-8109. You also can check your voter registration information at vote.utah.gov, then click the “Voter Info/Track Ballot” tab. You need to update your mailing address in the voting system every time you move.

Can I see if the Utah County Elections Office received my ballot?

Yes. You can track your ballot at vote.utah.gov, then click the “Voter Info/Track Ballot” tab.

Is there still time to register to vote?

Yes, but time is running out. The last day to register to vote online or in the county clerk’s office is Tuesday, June 19. The county clerk’s office is at 100 E. Center St., Room 3600 in Provo.

Where can I find information about the candidates?

If you don’t want to Google all the candidates to find their websites, go to the Utah Elections website, then click to download the Excel spreadsheet with candidate information. You’ll get names of the candidates, what they’re running for, addresses and contact information including addresses, websites and email addresses.

Do you have other questions?

Call the Utah County Elections Office at (801) 851-8109, go to vote.utah.gov, or the Utah County elections website.

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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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