Voter ID Laws

In 2009, the Utah Legislature determined that state elections would be more protected from fraud if voters were required to provide identification at the polling place. The concept of voter identification laws is controversial. Several states have enacted such measures with the stated goal of making election results more reliable and trustworthy. Opponents, however, point out that such laws can disenfranchise those in society for whom obtaining official identification can be difficult, especially the poor and elderly.

The Utah law makes generous provisions for satisfying the identification requirement. A photo ID such as a drivers license, concealed gun permit or a passport is accepted. In their absence, polling officials will accept two forms of identification which list the voter’s name along with the address showing the voter lives within the precinct.