Election Day: Plenty of organizations making it easier get out to vote

Jeanna Henderson, second from right, votes at Draper City Hall in Draper on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, KSL)



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SALT LAKE CITY — If you woke up Tuesday morning with your ballot still sitting at home, don't mail it. The state will not count ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3 — the cutoff was Monday.

That's the first thing those who haven't voted yet should know. The second? Plenty of organizations are trying to make it easy for you to get to the polls (or the drop-off box).

UTA

All Utah Transit Authority services will be free on Tuesday in order to make "important destinations along the Wasatch Front (and beyond) accessible." In other words, the organization wants to help people get out to vote. UTA has added ballot drop-off locations and polling places to their map in their mobile app, allowing citizens to find the best route.

Reminder: Face coverings are required on UTA services.

GREENbike

For those in Salt Lake City, GREENbike is offering free rides throughout Election Day. By using the promo code "202020," riders can take as many 30-minute trips as they need or want on Tuesday. Exact locations of the bike kiosks can be found at greenbikeslc.org.

Uber

Uber is offering 50% off rides to and from polling stations (up to a $7 discount each way). The ride-share company will have an in-app poll-finding feature to help locate the polling station closest to you.

Lyft

Lyft is also offering 50% off rides on Election Day to help get people to the polls. Customers can use the code 2020VOTE to get the discount, which applies to ride costs up to $10.

Just for fun

Anyone who stops by a Krispy Kreme can get a free glazed donut and an "I Voted" sticker while supplies last.

How to vote

Voters can still drop their by-mail ballots off at drop boxes found around the state. There are 21 drop boxes found in Salt Lake County, 21 in Weber County, 19 in Utah County, 15 in Davis County, seven in Summit County, and four in Tooele County.

If you misplaced your mail ballot or haven't yet registered to vote, you can still do that at a voting center. There are 59 Salt Lake County voting centers, while Weber County and Davis County each have one. In Salt Lake, those who don't want to put their ballot in a box can also deliver it to a voting center without having to wait in line.

Utah County has eight drive-thru voting locations where you can register, pick up a new ballot, fill it out and put it into a dropbox. Summit and Tooele County also have a drive-thru location.

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