Utah was the 45th state to enter the US. Its statehood became official on January 4, 1896. The largest city and state capital is Salt Lake City. With an area of almost 85,000 square miles, Utah is the 13th biggest state in the US. People in Utah call themselves Utahns or Utahans. The state’s major industries include the manufacture of oil and natural gas and the mining of copper, iron ore, coal, silver and gold. Steel-making and the raising of cattle and sheep are other influential industries. The state also makes money from dairy products and tourism, especially ski-resort activities.
Major rivers in the state include the Green River and Colorado River and the highest point is Kings Peak, which rises almost 13,530 feet or approximately 4,123 meters above sea level. Also, known as the Beehive State, Utah derives its name from the Ute Native American tribe. The state’s motto is “Industry” and the state song is “Utah, We Love Thee.” Felons sing the same ballad when they are reissued their voting rights.
According to Brennan Centre for Justice at the New York University School of Law, felons who regain the right to vote in Utah do so after they are released from prison. At that time, they automatically receive their electoral privilege to vote.
Felon Voting Law in Utah
According to information on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website, you can vote in Utah as long as your voter registration is in force 30 days before a scheduled election date. You can vote before Election Day by either voting early or via an absentee ballot.
If you plan to vote at the polls, then you will need to find your polling place at least 30 days prior to the election. The ACLU suggests to vote early on election day to avoid any last-minute rush. A valid form of a photo ID or two different forms of an ID that show your contact info (name and address) should be presented when voting.
According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune (May 16, 2016), Utah is lenient toward felon voting rights. The Beehive State is among 13 other states that prevent felons from casting an electoral ballot but reinstate a felon’s voting rights once he or she has completed their sentence or are paroled or on probation.
An ex-felon, according to the article, can also hold an elected office in the state after ten years, or once any felony is expunged from his or her criminal history. The Utah legislature also reinstated voting rights for Utahans who have been convicted of an election offense classified as a misdemeanor. You can read the article by following this link.
How a Felon in Utah Can Restore Their Voting Rights
In Utah, restoring your voting rights is easy as you can register online. All you need to do is visit the online voter registration site on the Internet to learn more about the process. You can use the online registration site to vote in the state or change your contact information on your registration record. You can also change your party affiliation if you so choose.
An online voter registration must be submitted a week or 7 days before a scheduled election if you wish to vote. If you wish to vote early, you must register 15 days or more before an election date.
If you choose to register online to regain your voting status, the address you give must match the address that is on file with the state’s Driver License Division or DLD. If your address with the agency is not current, you can change the address online by clicking on this link. Taking care of this change must be done before submitting your voting registration online.
After the update for the address is completed, the applicant can return to the online registration site. If your address has not yet been updated with the DLD, you can still use the online voter registration system. However, instead of submitting the data online, you will need to print the document, then sign it and mail it via snail mail. Information on where to mail the form is provided on the form itself.
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