This Voter Guide was prepared by the League of Women Voters of Laramie and has been a regular election feature of the Laramie Boomerang for many years. The League (open to both men and women) is a non-partisan political organization which neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties.
Questions specific to each office were prepared by the League. A questionnaire was sent to all candidates on September 10 at the address provided at the time they filed for office. If they gave an email, an identical questionnaire was sent electronically. Both stated a deadline of September 22. Those who had not responded by the deadline received phone calls and/or emails, indicating that “no response” would appear if they did not respond at all.
There are 65 candidates on the Albany County General Election ballot. Responses were received from all but five; those are identified in the brief introductory statement for each race.
Candidates for the same office are listed alphabetically. There are several different districts or wards in some races. For those, the district or ward is listed in numerical order, with candidates listed alphabetically. For partisan races, political party is indicated by (D) for Democrat and (R) for Republican. Independent or third-party affiliations are spelled out in full.
The candidate’s own words are used with no editing by the LWV or the Boomerang, except to correct words obviously spelled wrong, and to cut up from the bottom if a response was over the word limit of 75 words per question. Three dots (…) indicate that a portion of a sentence was cut when a response was too long; four dots (….) indicate a sentence or more was left out for the same reason. Any grammatical errors are the candidate’s own.
The italicized preambles at the start of each of the 19 different races were researched and written by the LWV. Candidates were responsible to supply a photograph to the newspaper.
Three issues will also appear on the Albany County ballot. Proposition 1 is to vote on reauthorization of a “One percent optional sales and use tax.” Arguments for and against this ballot issue are provided in this Voter Guide. Proposition 2 is to vote on reauthorization of the 4% lodging tax in Albany County. See the website http://yes4marketing.org for information about this proposition, and the website of the Laramie LWV at http://wyominglwv.org/laramie .
Another ballot issue is an amendment to the Wyoming Constitution to allow the Governor to appoint some out-of-state University of Wyoming Board of Trustees members. Information on the issue is at: http://ballotpedia.org/Wyoming_Nonresidential_Trustees_Amendment. There may also be pros and cons on the issue posted on the League’s website listed above.
Four judges are up for retention in office this year in Albany County. They are not allowed to campaign, so the Voter Guide only lists their names and the term length they would serve if retained. The preamble to this section gives details about how they were appointed, salary and term of office.
Rock River town elections are held in May, so unlike Laramie, their municipal candidates do not appear on the General Election ballot.
The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4. Absentee balloting began on September 25 and is available to all currently registered voters. Call or visit the County Clerk’s Office in the Albany County Courthouse during regular business hours to request a ballot which may be completed on the spot or returned by mail. No ID is necessary if the voter is registered. Unregistered voters must wait until Election Day, and can register at their polling place and vote the same day, provided they have a valid government-issued ID card.
Providing unbiased information to voters has been a mission of the LWV ever since its founding in 1920, as a spinoff from the successful suffrage movement to get the vote for women. With passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920, the National American Woman Suffrage organization voted to form the LWVUS, with the goal of educating all the newly enfranchised voters. This continues as an important mission of the organization nationwide.
US House of Representatives
Wyoming State Government:
Wyoming House of Representatives
Wyoming Secretary of State
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
Albany County Offices:
Albany County Commissioners
Albany County Assessor
Albany County Attorney
Albany County Clerk
Albany County Clerk of District Court
Albany County Coroner
Albany County Sheriff
Albany County Treasurer
Laramie City Council
Non-partisan Races on the Albany County Ballot :
Rural Fire District #1
Laramie Rivers Conservation District
Albany County School District #1 Board of Trustees
Pro/Con On Ballot Issue - The Optional One Cent (“Fifth-penny”) Sales and Use Tax, 2014