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Research Just Confirmed This Disturbing Effect of Voter ID Laws
02/25/17 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, analyzed data from 2008 and 2012 primary and general elections. ...

"By instituting strict voter ID laws, states can alter the electorate and shift outcomes toward those on the right," the study authors wrote in The Washington Post.

"Where these laws are enacted, the influence of Democrats and liberals wanes and the power of Republicans grows. Unsurprisingly, these strict ID laws are passed almost exclusively by Republican legislatures," the researchers said.

Federal appeals court panel seemed skeptical of lower courts' Wisconsin voting law rulings
02/24/17 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 14:45
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Three federal judges expressed deep skepticism Friday over claims that Wisconsin Republicans had deliberately made it harder for minorities to vote, raising the prospect they would reinstate limits on early voting. ...

[The judges] showed they had just as many doubts about lower court rulings that struck down voting rules set by GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers. ...

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the heart of the voter ID law in 2014 in the ACLU case. But that litigation has continued over how the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles has handled those who have trouble getting IDs because they don’t have birth certificates or have other challenges in proving their identity.

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Wyoming Election Info

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2016 General Election:  November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: Received by October 25, 2016.

Voters may also register and vote at their polling place on Election Day.

Wyoming does not offer online voter registration.

For more information, visit the Wyoming Secretary of State’s website

Election Day:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Absentee voters may vote in person at the County Clerk’s office or by mail no sooner than 40 days before Election Day. Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Wyoming Secretary of State’s polling place locator webpage to determine where you vote.

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Registration Deadlines: Voters seeking to register prior to the election must do so not less than 14 days prior to the date of election. For the 2016 Presidential Election, this deadline is October 25, 2016. Voters may also register at their polling place on Election Day. 

How to Check Your Registration: Contact your County Clerk’s office to verify if you are registered to vote or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Wyoming, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Be a resident of Wyoming;
  • Not currently be found mentally incompetent;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, or if convicted had your voting rights restored;

Wyoming considers your residence to be the place where you have a current habitation and to which, whenever you are away, you have the intention of returning.

How to Register: Wyoming residents may register either at a county clerk’s office or by mail. Voter registration application forms and accompanying instruction can be found on the Secretary of State’s website

Identification Required for Registration

Preferred option

Second option if you don’t have valid Wyoming driver’s license

Third option: 2 of any of the following documents

Valid Wyoming driver’s license

Different state’s driver’s license; ID issued by a local, state or federal agency; U.S. passport; school ID; military ID

Certificate of US citizenship or naturalization; draft record; voter registration card from another state or county; original or certified copy of birth certificate bearing an official seal; certificate of birth abroad issued by U.S. State Department; any other form of ID issued by an official agency

Wyoming makes no distinction between absentee voting and early voting. Voters who wish to vote early may do so by absentee voting in person at their Clerk of Court’s office. For more information on absentee voting, visit the Secretary of State’s absentee voting information page.

Rules and Deadlines:

  • Voters may apply for absentee ballots any time during the calendar year in which the election is held, but not on Election Day.
  • An absentee ballot must be received by the County Clerk no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

If you previously registered in person, or registered by mail and have voted before in a Wyoming federal election, you are not required to show ID at the polls. If you registered by mail and are voting in your first federal election, you must provide a current, valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document showing their name and address.

VoteRiders has created Wyoming voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

If you have changed addresses since registering to vote and your new address is within the same county, you should update your voter information with your county clerk’s office prior to the election. If you have not done so, you will be required to update your information at your polling place before voting.

Moving Between Counties

If you have moved addresses and your new address is in a different county, you will need to re-register at your polling place before voting.

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Military/Overseas Citizens Voting webpage.

The Wyoming Voter Registration Form may also be used to register and will allow the voter to remain a permanent registered voter in Wyoming.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

No formal absentee ballot request form is required for citizens who are registered voters in Wyoming. If you are unsure if you are still a registered voter in Wyoming, please contact your County Clerk. A voter may request an absentee ballot by contacting the County Clerk by phone, email, fax or mail. An Absentee Ballot Request Form has been created by the state if anyone wishes to use it. The form may be completed and emailed to the county clerk of the appropriate county.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 14 days before the election.  If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Wyoming no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Wyoming-specific FVAP page

Wyoming residents with a felony conviction are not eligible to vote unless they have had their civil or voting rights restored. The Department of Corrections will restore voting rights to a non-violent felon if that person has not been convicted of any other felonies (other than convictions arising out of the same occurrence), has completed all of their sentence (including probation or parole), and it has been at least 5 years since the expiration of all terms of sentence or probation periods. Voting rights may also be restored at the discretion of the governor following a written application provided that the applicant’s term of sentence or probation has been completed. More information on voting rights restoration can be found on the Wyoming Secretary of State’s website.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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