Salt Lake City

City Attorney's Office

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Municipal Elections are held during odd-numbered years.

In 2019, elections are for Mayor and City Council Districts 2, 4, and 6. Click here for a list Open Campaign Committees.

Primary Election for Mayor and Council Districts 4 & 6  – August 13, 2019

General Election – November 5, 2019

Click here for a list of all 2019 Official Candidate’s and their contact information. 

2019 Candidate Guide

In 2021, elections are for City Council Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7. Click here for a list Open Campaign Committees.

All seats are a four-year term.

Becoming a Candidate

Important Dates

Candidate Filing Period – June 3, 2019 through June 7, 2019

Primary Election – August 13, 2019

General Election – November 5, 2019

Declaring Candidacy

Declarations of Candidacy must be filed in person at the Office of the City Recorder, located in Room 415, City & County Building, 451 South State Street during office hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. between June 1st and June 7th (excluding Saturday and Sunday).

The filing officer must read the constitutional and statutory qualification requirements for office to the candidate and the candidate must state whether or not they meet those requirements.


  • Candidate must be a registered voter
  • Be a resident of Salt Lake City for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the election, and in the case of Council member, be a resident of the council district 12 months immediately preceding the date of election
  • Have no other compensated employment with Salt Lake City Corporation
  • Register a Personal Campaign Committee before receiving any political contributions or spending any money for campaign expenses
  • File periodic Campaign Finance Statements

A person may be a candidate for only one office at any one election

Mayoral Candidate

  • $360 filing fee
  • Or in lieu of fee, submit a Filing Fee Waiver Petition signed by 315 residents: 45 within each council district who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Form: Petition-Mayor

Council Member Candidate

  • $86 filing fee
  • Or in lieu of fee, submit a Filing Fee Waiver Petition signed by 75 residents within the council district who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Form: Petition-Council

Forms Required

Declaration of Candidacy Paperwork

Personal Campaign Committee Paperwork

City and State Election Laws

Salt Lake City Election Laws

As a candidate, you have the responsibility of becoming familiar with the election process and investigating state and local laws governing elections.

Campaign Financial Disclosure, Salt Lake City Code 2.46 
Information Guide Regarding City Code 2.46.505H – Contributions from those in Contract with the City
Elections, Salt Lake City Code 2.68
State of Utah Election Code
(see titles 10 and 20A)

Finance Disclosure and Contribution Limits

Campaign Finance Disclosures

Disclosures regarding contributions and expenditures are required by all candidates.
Salt Lake City has provided access to each candidate’s reports.

Campaign Finance Online Reporting System

Open Campaign Committees/Voluntary Limits

Information Guide Regarding City Code 2.46.050H – Contributions from those in Contract with the City

Campaign Contribution Limits Per Election Cycle

No person shall make contributions during any election cycle to any candidate or to any political committee with respect to any election for city office, that, in the aggregate, exceed the following amounts:

Mayor – $3,560

Council – $760

Calculations based on Consumer Price Index at beginning of Election Cycle.

Midterm Vacancies


Salt Lake City Code 2.06.050 Vacancy Filling:

In the event of a vacancy in the council, it shall within thirty (30) days of the occurrence and declaration of such vacancy, by majority vote of the remaining council members, appoint a qualified elector of the city to fill the unexpired term. The appointee shall serve with all of the rights and powers of a duly elected council member, until the next election and the date a successor is duly elected, qualified and sworn into office. A vacancy shall occur if a council member shall die, resign, terminate legal domicile within the corporate limits of the city and the appropriate council district boundaries, or be judicially removed from office.

See also, Utah State Code 20A-1-510 Midterm Vacancies in Municipal Offices

Read the FAQ regarding how a vacant seat is filled here.

Midterm Vacancy Application 

Political Committees

What are Political Committees?

A group of persons cooperating to aid or promote the success or defeat of a candidate or issue, including the making of donations to a personal campaign committee. “Political Committee” does not mean an individual, a personal campaign committee, individuals who are related and who make contributions from a joint checking account, an entity that provides goods or services to a candidate or committee in the regular course of its business at the same price that would be provided to the general public, or a business entity using its own funds, except a business entity whose intended purpose is to act as a political committee.

The “purpose” of a political committee means an act done with intent or in such a way as to influence or tend to influence, directly or indirectly, the nomination or election of a candidate or the passage or defeat of any issue on the ballot at a municipal election.

Political committees must register with the State of Utah and also with Salt Lake City Recorder’s Office.

Registration Form

Political Committee Finance Statement

Primary Election Information

Primary Election

The Primary Election is August 13, 2019. 

Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to all active voters the week of July 22nd. To check your voter registration status, click here.

The open seats on the Primary Ballot are for Mayor and Council Districts 4 & 6. View the sample ballot here

Early Voting  

Early Voting will be held August 7th – 12th (weekdays only). Hours TBD.

Early Vote Locations

Trolley Square, 600 S. 700 E., D-117

Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State St.

Election Day (in-person) Voting

Vote Centers will be open on August 13, 2019 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Vote Center Locations

Federal Heights LDS Church, 1300 E. Fairfax Rd. (335 N.)

First Congregational Church, 2150 S. Foothill Dr. (2755 E.)

Marmalade Library, 280 W. 500 N.

River’s Bend Northwest Senior Center, 1300 W. 300 N.

Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State St.

Sorenson Multicultural Center, 855 W. California Ave. (1305 S.)

Trolley Square, 600 S. 700 E. #D-117

A Salt Lake City Voter may cast their ballot at any Vote Center in the County, click here to be directed to the Salt Lake County Vote Center Locations website. 


Registration and Past Results

Voter Registration

To check your registration status, register to vote, or update your address within the county click here to be redirected to the Salt Lake County Clerk Website.

Past Election Results

2017 General Election

2017 Primary Election District Five Recount 

2017 Primary Election

2015 General Election 

2015 Primary Election 

2015 Proposition One Salt Lake City Results 

2015 Proposition One Salt Lake County Results 

2013 Primary Election

2013 General Election

Vote by Mail


Life Cycle of a Vote by Mail Ballot

Frequently Asked Questions

Vote by Mail Q&A

Contact Us

Contact Salt Lake City Elections

Phone: 801.535.6225 or 801.535.7671