Vote for Conservation this November
We know that the national election coming up is high profile, but we want to remind everyone that the down-ballot local races are important! Remember to look into your local races for the state legislature, city council, county commissioners, judges, conservation districts, and more. These are all races that will impact local conservation issues, so be sure you know where the candidates stand. You can find all the information you’ll need about voting in Wyoming on the Wyoming Secretary of State Election Center.
Registering to Vote
You’ll need to register to vote if you did not vote in the last General Election, if you have recently moved to Wyoming or to a different county in Wyoming, or if you’ve changed your name. To register to vote in Wyoming, you’ll need approved identification and to fill out the Voter Registration Application. For your approved identification, you can select one of the following: a valid Wyoming driver’s license, a valid United States passport, valid out-of-state driver’s license, a Military ID, an identification card issued by a local, state, or federal government agency, a Wyoming student ID, or a Tribal ID. Suppose you do not have any of those. In that case, you can select two of the following: Certificate of US citizenship or naturalization, a Draft Record, VR card from out-of-state, an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, or any other form of ID issued by an official agency.
Once you have your ID ready, you can decide how you want to register, which can be done in person at your county clerk’s office, at the polls, or by mail. To register in person at your county clerk’s office, bring your ID to their office during business hours on or before October 19th, 2020, and fill out the Voter Registration Application in person. To register by mail, print the Voter Registration Application, fill it out at home and then bring it and your ID to a notary public to have your ID checked and the form notarized. Once the form is notarized, you’ll need to make a copy of your ID to send with your application to your county clerk’s office.
Mail your registration application at least one week before the election to ensure it arrives on time. Lastly, you can register to vote at the polls on election day by bringing your identification with you and filling out your Voter Registration Application at your polling place.
Early/absentee voting in Wyoming opened September 18th, and requests for ballots close on November 2nd. You can request an absentee ballot from your county clerk in a number of ways, including phone, email, in person, or online. If you miss the October 19th deadline to register to vote, you may still register and vote absentee simultaneously in the two weeks between the registration cutoff and the election. Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office no later than 7 p.m. on election day, so be sure to allow enough time for mail delivery! If you aren’t sure that your ballot will be delivered by mail in time, you can return it to the county clerk’s office in person. More information about absentee/early voting can be found here.
Polling places will be open for in-person voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. If you’re not sure that you’re registered to vote, bring your ID that’s approved for voting in Wyoming because you can still register at the polls! You can find your polling place by entering your zip code or county and city on the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Election Center Polling Place Locator. The Polling Place Locator can also provide you with a map and driving directions to your polling place.
You need to arrive at your polling place and be in line by 7 p.m. to vote on Election Day. Wyoming law entitles you to one hour off aside from your meal hour to vote. However, this entitlement does not apply to federal workers or anyone with three or more consecutive non-working hours during the time that the polls are open. If you are refused the right to vote for any reason, you may vote with a provisional ballot and must prove your eligibility to the county clerk by the close of the business day on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, the day immediately following the election.
If you have any questions about voter registration, voting in Wyoming, or your specific situation, it’s best to contact your county clerk by phone or email. Links to all county clerks’ websites with their contact information can be found in the drop-down menu on the Registering to Vote page of the Election Center webpage.
Now, get out there and vote for conservation!