About this Voters’ Guide
There are lots of reasons to vote, chief among them being that it is a right and privilege that is given only to citizens of the United States. The League of Women Voters and the Laramie Boomerang both want voters to have as much information as possible before going to the polls. This election determines the direction of many levels of government, national as well as local.
This Guide is prepared by the League of Women Voters of the U.S. for presidential candidates and by the LWV of Laramie for all other candidates. The League has a long tradition of gathering the verbatim responses of candidates to questions important to voters; the Boomerang has been publishing this guide for over 40 years. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. This guide can be taken to the polls on Election Day.
Presidential candidates were invited to respond if they met the following criteria: 1. The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for her/his Party’s nomination for President; 2. The candidate must have met the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act’s minimum contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent date publicly available on the FEC website; and 3) The candidate must qualify for the ballot in enough states to win a majority of electoral votes. Responses were limited to 400 characters and were truncated thereafter. Responses for the four who met these criteria were compiled on September 26. Other U.S. presidential candidates will be on the ballot in Wyoming but they do not meet these requirements; therefore their name, party, and contact information is provided so voters can learn their stand on issues from this source.
All candidate’s names and mailing addresses were taken from a Certification Report issued by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office. The LWV of Laramie mailed a questionnaire to all local candidates, and compiled the answers. Requirements were that the responses be no more than 100 words. If a candidate did not respond by the deadline of Sept. 30, “no response” is indicated in the preamble section for that race.
Other Sources of Information
The LWV operates on the assumption that our grass-roots work in observing governmental bodies and providing educational information at election time safeguards democracy and leads to civic improvement. The League is organized on three levels. Learn more at www.lwv.org for the national level, or www.wyominglwv.org where this Voters’ Guide is also posted, along with other information about state and local LWVs. Joining at the local level automatically makes a member part of the Wyoming LWV and LWVUS. More information is at LWV-sponsored VOTE411.org, including updates to the presidential candidates’ statements. Check the Wyoming LWV website for pro/con information about the one ballot issue that Wyoming voters will be acting upon having to do with investment opportunities for state funds.
Registering and Voting
If you are not already registered and meet the requirements on the website of the Albany County Clerk at http://www.co.albany.wy.us/voter-registration you may go to the election office on the east side of the courthouse off Ivinson Avenue to register by 5 p.m. Monday, October 24. Bring a government-issued photo ID. Early (absentee) voting for those registered, or those newly registered began Sept. 28. After October 24 if you are registering or updating your registration, you can still do that at the courthouse, but you will be required to vote the same day. Ballots can ordinarily be requested by mail two weeks before the election, after that time it is best to vote the ballot at the same time you pick it up or hand-deliver it to the elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday November 8.