Voters must affiliate with a political party by March 31 to participate in primary elections

PARK CITY, Utah – With primary elections set to take place on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, voters will need to affiliate with a political party by March 31 in order to participate and vote in the primary election.

In the state of Utah, the Democratic Party holds semi-closed primaries, which means voters must either be registered with the party or unaffiliated in order to participate in the primary. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is holding closed primaries in which voters must be registered in order to participate.

Courtesy of House Bill 197, which was passed last year, voters already registered with a political party after March 31 of an election year cannot change their party affiliation until after the primary election of that year. Unaffiliated voters could register with a party at any time and continue to vote in the primary. The bill came in response to the Utah GOP gubernatorial race last summer when a significant number of Democrats registered as Republicans to vote in that party’s closed primaries.

Voters are required to affiliate with a political party by March 31 at 5 p.m. Once registered, voters will be allowed to select one candidate who they believe should be a candidate for a political party in the upcoming general election.

Registration to vote can be completed in line or by mail. The deadline to register is 11 days before the election. The primary election will take place on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, with the general election on November 8, 2022. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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