2021 Municipal Election Information

For more information about the municipal election process, refer to the information below.


The purpose of this brief guide is to provide information and resources to Utahns interested in running for elected office during the municipal primary election year.

In Utah, elections are run by either the county or the local clerk/recorder’s office. As a result, this page will include general information about the election process and what to expect. It’s recommended that you contact your local election officer to find out more specific information. Municipal offices up for election in 2021 may include mayor, city council, and special service districts. Local election officers will post their first notice of election on May 1, 2021, outlining all the offices up for election in their respective jurisdictions.


Important dates for candidates

Individuals who intend to declare their candidacy may do so beginning June 1 through June 7, 2021. Candidates must declare between the business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST). For most candidates, you are required to declare your candidacy in person at their city recorder or town clerk’s office. However, a candidate can declare via proxy if the candidate will be out of town the entire week of declaration.

For candidates running for office in a municipality participating in the alternative voting pilot project, the declaration of candidacy week is August 10-17, 2021.

IMPORTANT: Not all city recorders or town clerks hold regular business hours. However, they are required to post a notice with their contact information (phone number & email) and be available during business hours. Any declarations received after the close of business on the last day will not be accepted.