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Voting 101

Am I eligible to vote?

Yes! If you are:

  • 18 years or older on Election Day
  • U.S. Citizen
  • A resident of Wyoming (no specific length of time is required)
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, have had voting rights restored

How Do I Register?

You will need ONE of the following:
 A valid Wyoming driver’s license, or,
Different state’s driver’s license, or,
Tribal Identification card, or,
 ID issued by a local, state or federal
agency, or,
 U.S. passport, or,
School ID, or,
Military ID.
NOTE: If you do not have a valid Wyoming driver’s license, you will also have to provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number

 University of Wyoming students can vote with a UWYO photo I.D. if it is your first time voting in a federal election. 

 

Ways to Register:

 To register early you must also vote the same day. Early registration began September 21st 2018 and continues until the day of the election on November 6th 2018.

 To register in person, visit your local county courthouse, even as late as the day you vote.

  •  The other way to register is through the mail.
  •  If you register by mail before election day, you must also cast your ballot at the same time.

 

Where and When Can I Vote?

  •  On Election Day: You can vote anytime between 7am-7pm on the day of the election (November 6th, 2018).
  • Voting locations vary from county to county. Visit Wyoming Secretary of State Polling Place Locator to find your polling place.
  •  Early Voting: Early voting is easy! You can vote via mail for early voting ballots (absentee ballots) whose requirements include currently serving in the military overseas, living internationally with no intention of establishing a permanent residence in that country, or being a dependent or spouse of a person whose circumstances belong in one or both of those categories.
    •  Early voting can also be completed in person at your local county courthouse. The Wyoming General Election opened on September 21st 2018 and runs through November 6th, 2018. Voter registration closes for the early voting (absentee voting) on October 22nd, 2018.

 

How long does voting take?

  •  Polling places are open from 7am to 7pm, as long as you are present in line by the time of closing, you will still be able to cast your vote even past the time of closing.

 

What if I don’t have time to go vote?

  •  Vote early to ensure your voice is heard! See also Early Voting above.
  •  Wyoming law requires that citizens have one hour to vote with no repercussions to pay and this hour cannot be allotted during a pre-established lunch break.

 

What’s on my ballot?

    • You will be voting for federal, state and local representatives.
    • Proposed amendments to the Wyoming constitution
    • Proposed changes to Wyoming state statutes
    • For example ballots see: 2018 Sample Ballots and Other Resources

 

Where do I learn about the candidates and issues?

  •  Voter Guides in local newspapers,
  •  Organizations like your respective labor unions and worker’s associations will endorse candidates,
  •  Visit candidate’s pages on Facebook or other social media platforms
  •  Your local town hall
  • You can also visit our 2018 Sample Ballots and Other Resources page for more information.

 

What is the difference between a primary and general election?

  •  A primary election is conducted within the Democratic and Republican parties in which the candidates from each party run against each other to determine which candidate will be the nomination of the party to run in the general election.
  •  The general election is the election in which a member from each party, and those unaffiliated or non-bi-partisan parties, run against each other for their desired office or position.

 

Do I have to register with a political party?

  •  You do not have to register as a Democrat or Republican when registering to vote.
    •  When registering you may register as Democrat, Republican, Independent, Unaffiliated or with other smaller parties.

 

2018 Sample Ballots and Other Resources