Primary election

ESPC mobilizes vote

Volunteers canvas in eight communities

And WPR looks at why more women don’t run for the Legislature

Today is the Primary election and ESPC volunteers have canvassed low-income precincts across the state in the past week.

Pamela Garcia of CORAJE prepares to canvas in Torrington

They’re carried the message “Your Vote is Your Voice” to potential voters in Cheyenne, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Fort Washakie, Ethete, Arapahoe and Beaver Creek. Groups such as CORAJE in Torrington, TRIBE in Rock Springs, RezAction on the Wind River Reservation, and volunteers in Cheyenne and Rawlins have knocked more than 3,650 doors to explain to people how to register at the polls and to urge them to vote today. It’s one of the ESPC’s major efforts to encourage Wyoming citizens to participate in civic affairs to make their concerns heard in policy debates around the state. More people need to join the state’s policy circles, particularly women. But in Wyoming, few women run for the Legislature, in part because it is so difficult for women with children to serve the public and know that their children’s needs are well met. This year 28 women candidates filed to run, three for the Senate and 25 for the House. There are roughly three times as many men running for the Legislature. So if women make up half the population, why don’t more run? There are plenty of reasons but many center around being the primary caregiver for their children. It is very difficult to meet those responsibilities in part because there is not sufficient institutional support for women who would like to serve. Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) put together an excellent story about the situation that aired Aug. 17 on its “Open Spaces” program.  

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