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Introduction to 2016 Primary Election Voter Guide

 

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 appears 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.  Contact your local county clerk for a sample ballot to see what other races will be on the primary election ballot in your area.

Candidates for an office are listed alphabetically, with party affiliation.  Two candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives did not respond to the questionnaire. Their names are listed under “Not responding” in the information at the end of the answers.

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 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 ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920, the National Woman’s Suffrage Association formed the LWVUS, with the goal of educating all the newly enfranchised voters. This continues as an important mission of the organization nationwide.