En español | Wyoming election officials are taking precautions to protect voters from the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging them to request no-excuse absentee ballots and introducing new voter protocols to polling locations:
- No excuse absentee voting allows any registered voter to safely vote from home. In May, the secretary of state’s office sent a voter information mailer to all registered voters. The mailer included an absentee ballot application that could be submitted for the August primary, for November’s general election or for both.
- Filling out an absentee ballot is the only way to vote ahead of Election Day, which is Nov. 3.
Here’s what else you need to know:
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote in person or by mail. Your county clerk’s office will allow you to register to vote in person through Oct. 19.
If you want to register by mail, you can download and print a voter registration application from the secretary of state’s website and mail it to your county clerk’s office. If you miss the Oct. 19 cutoff to register in person or by mail, you can still register and apply for an absentee ballot through Nov. 2 or register and vote in person at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3.
Regardless of how you plan to register, you’ll need to provide your Wyoming driver’s license number if you have a current valid license. If you don’t, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number and other identification. Acceptable forms of ID include a Wyoming driver’s license; a U.S. passport; a federal, state, local or military ID card; a tribal ID; or a photo ID from the University of Wyoming, a Wyoming community college or a state public school. If you don’t have any of those, contact your county clerk for more information on how to register.
How can I get an absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?
You can request a no-excuse absentee ballot by mail, email or by phone from your county clerk until Nov. 2, the day before Election Day. Counties will make ballots available starting Sept. 18 — 45 days prior to the election — for all voters, including military and overseas voters.
First-time absentee voters need to enclose a copy of an acceptable photo ID along with their completed ballot. Your ballot must be received by your county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. You can mail the ballot to your clerk or drop it off during business hours. Consult your county clerk’s office to determine when they’ll be open to receive your ballot.
How do I know my absentee ballot is secure?
According to Kai Schon, who directs the election division at the Wyoming secretary of state’s office, every absentee ballot request is vetted by the county clerk for completeness and accuracy. The information is validated against the voter’s registration record. You can contact your county clerk to find out if your absentee ballot has been sent to you — and if it's been received by election officials.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re in line by 7 p.m., you’ll be able to cast your ballot.
Can I vote before Election Day?
Only if you request an absentee ballot or cast your vote at an absentee polling place (if available in your county). Your county clerk’s office must receive your completed ballot by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.
What form of identification do I need to vote?
You’ll need to show ID to register to vote, but you won’t need it on Election Day.
What is being done to make polling places safe from coronavirus?
Poll workers will have masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes and will frequently sanitize surfaces. You’ll receive your own pen to mark paper ballots. Some polling locations with touch screen booths will distribute disposable straws so you don’t have to touch the machine while voting. Some counties have also issued mask mandates for people who are in public settings. You can contact your county clerk’s office to ask if you’ll be required to wear a mask.
Will I be able to vote in the same place as I always have?
Not necessarily. Polling locations are expected to consolidate or move to larger venues — in part to accommodate social distancing guidelines and in part because there are expected to be fewer poll workers than normal on Election Day. Polling locations will be released in some local newspapers closer to Election Day. Once those locations are announced, you can use the state's polling place locator to help you determine where you can cast your ballot.
What are the key races in the state?
- U.S. President
- U.S. Senate: Cynthia Lummis (R) v. Merav Ben-David (D)
- U.S. House: incumbent Lynn Cheney (R) v. Lynnette Grey Bull (D)
- State Senate: 15 of 30 seats
- State House: All 60 seats
This story was updated on Sept. 4 with more information about how to find polling locations. Voting rules and procedures may change before Election Day. We’ll update this story if they do, so bookmark this page and check back.
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