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What happens to my ballot once it is mailed in?

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Vote By Mail

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Weber County has voted by mail since 2013.

Vote by mail is now the standard method of voting in Utah. By mail voting means that each active registered voter will be mailed a ballot about three weeks before each election. The voter can vote the ballot when it is convenient for them and then return it through the mail or place it in a secure drop box. Voters can track the status of their ballot through text, email or phone notifications. 

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When will I receive my ballot?

Ballots are sent to the post office about three weeks before each election and should arrive in your mailbox about two weeks before each election. If you do not receive a ballot, make sure your registration is current at or contact our office at 801-399-8034.

Is my vote private (kept secret)?

Yes. The Utah State Constitution gives all voters the right to a secret ballot. Our new envelope design further ensures this right as we are able to verify voter signatures on a privacy tab that is removed from the envelope making your ballot anonymous as it moves on to the next step.

How do you know that a “real” voter casts their ballot?

Each voter must sign an affidavit on their ballot envelope.

Every signed envelope is compared to signatures on file in the Voter Registration Database.

Your signatures must match in order for your vote to be counted.

Can I vote in person even if I received a ballot in the mail?

Yes, as long as you have not already returned your by mail ballot.

Any registered voter is always welcome to come to a voting assistance center on Election Day.

Do I have to pay postage to return my ballot?

Ballots returned by mail require a First-Class Forever Stamp.

Additionally Weber County provides 21 ballot drop box locations, all of which are open 24 hours a day.

Ballots returned via drop boxes do not require postage.

Can I vote more than once?

No. Each ballot envelope has a unique barcode that we use to give you credit for voting.

This prevents a voter from voting more than once and under Utah State Code 20A-3-505 (1)(ii),

it is unlawful for a voter to vote twice.

What happens if I make a mistake on my ballot?

If you make a mistake and need a new ballot, contact our office at 801-399-8034 for instructions on how to fix it or to receive a new ballot.

What happens if my signature is challenged?

If your signature is challenged, you will be notified and given instructions on how to correct the issue. The most common reasons ballots are challenged are unsigned ballot envelopes or the signature doesn’t match the voter’s registration record. A challenged ballot will be counted once the problem is corrected. You can check the status of your ballot at or sign up to receive ballot status notifications via text, email or phone.


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