Election Websites: Utah
Researchers assessed state election websites for the Pew Center on the States between May-November 2010, using detailed criteria evaluating the content, lookup tools, and usability. Websites may have changed since they were assessed. See methodology (PDF).
- All-in-one lookup tool that allows users to find their polling place, view a sample ballot and check the status of their voter registration, absentee ballot, and provisional ballot.
- Detailed lists of state and federal candidates, both current and past, including names, party affiliations, street addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail and website addresses.
- Complete information about statewide ballot measures, including full texts, summaries, and nonpartisan analyses.
- Links to state and federal campaign-finance data.
- Links to official political party websites.
- Exemplary use of a search function, offering easy access to a simple-to-use, empty search field on every page.
Recommended improvements include:
- Create a section of information designed to help overseas and military voters register and vote (50 states offer).
- Provide a section of information for voters with disabilities (36 states offer).
- Provide information about the availability of assistance by poll workers (46 states offer).
- Offer election information in languages other than English (37 states offer).
- Provide voter registration information for college students (36 states offer), the homeless (35 offer), and those who are hospitalized (27 offer).
- Allow access to the polling place lookup tool by street address, instead of personal voter record information (27 states offer).
- Consolidate multiple pages that include related voter registration information and tools.
Noteworthy Feature: Utah highlights the history of initiatives and referenda in the state, with a directory of yes/no results on statewide ballot questions since 1960.
Initial Quick Fixes: Clarify the purpose of the lookup tools by stating exactly what information can be checked or confirmed through the “Registered Voter Lookup” tool. Add a link to this tool from the voter registration information pages.
Summary: Utah offers all five recommended lookup tools and scores well on usability, but has large gaps in information for voters in special circumstances.
www.elections.utah.gov was assessed for usability.