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. It is reprinted here with permission, especially for the use of absentee voters.
The League prepared all the questions and received the responses.
The 13 US House of Representative candidates will appear on all Wyoming primary ballots. If you do not live in Albany County, contact your local county clerk for a sample ballot to see what races you will be deciding upon.
There are 33 other candidates listed on various Albany County Primary Election ballots. Not all voters vote in all races because ballots are specific to party, district and ward. For your district and ward, check with the Albany County Clerk at 307-721-2541 or http://www.co.albany.wy.us under “polling place maps.”
Not responding to the Voter Guide questionnaire were: 1) seven candidates for Laramie City Council, 2) one candidate for the Wyoming House of Representatives, and 3) two candidates for the US House of Representatives. Their names are listed under “Not responding” in the information that ends each section.
Candidates for an office are listed alphabetically, with party affiliation. The Laramie City Council race is non-partisan.
In Ward 2 for Laramie City Council, only one candidate filed. Because there are two vacancies, four names, including write-ins, could advance to the General Election. A write-in for municipal elections must receive a minimum of three votes. After the League called for greater participation, one write-in candidate publicly announced and is included in the Guide.
The candidate’s own words are used with no editing by the LWV, except to correct obvious typographical errors and to truncate any response over the 100 word limit. 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. Any grammatical errors are the candidate’s own.
A questionnaire was sent to all candidates on June 30 to the addresses provided at the time candidates filed for office. If an email was provided, an identical questionnaire was sent electronically. Both stated a deadline of July 14. Reminders were sent after one week to those who had not responded; if by the deadline a response still had not been received, emails were sent, indicating that “no response” would appear if they did not respond by 2 p.m., July 15.
The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16. To request an absentee ballot, call or visit the County Clerk’s Office in the Albany County Courthouse during regular business hours or visit the website. If you are not registered to vote or need to change voter information, you may do so at the County Clerk’s office through August 1. You may also register or change your registration through August 15 if you also cast an absentee ballot at that time. And you may register or change your registration at your polling place on Election Day. A picture ID is necessary to register but not to vote.
Voting accommodations and aids for voters with special needs are available at each polling place and at the Clerk’s office. The Election Judges and Clerk’s office staff can assist.
You may take this Voter Guide to the polling place with you.
Another Voter Guide pertaining to the November 8 General Election will appear on October 31. At that time presidential candidate’s names will appear on the ballot. Wyoming does not have a presidential primary—Wyoming parties hold caucuses to select their candidate(s) and delegates to national conventions.
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 Woman’s Suffrage Association 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.