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A Nonprofit Response to Democracy’s Challenge
08/28/16 |
Publication Date: 
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 01:45
Excerpt: 

[E]ven the most voter friendly states have very substantial gaps in voter participation between high- and low-income, young and old, and across the lines of race. That’s because voter-friendly policies may make voting “possible,” but they don’t really do anything to make voting “probable.” ...

[P]articipation gaps in large part reflect mobilization gaps—gaps between who is personally contacted about voting and who isn’t. ...

This is where nonprofits can make a big difference. ...

[O]nce contacted by nonprofit staff and volunteers about voting, these prospective voters turned out at higher rates than other registered voters across all demographic groupings. These increases were largest among those least likely to vote. We reach the right people, and when we engage them, we can make a big difference.

Texas withholds details of $2.5M voter ID education effort - Federal judge seals records at state's request
08/27/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 03:45
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More than half of that [$2.5 million] taxpayer money will go toward an advertising campaign, according to court filings. Yet state officials will not say which markets they intend to target with television and radio spots.

As part of its outreach effort, the state will send "digital tool kits" to an estimated 1,800 organizations across Texas to engage local communities on voter education. State officials will not identify those groups. ...

Key to understanding the state's strategy is where and how it plans to distribute voter education materials, including what parts of the state will be the focus, said Brandon Rottinghaus, an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston who specializes in media and public opinion.

Without detailed information showing where the state plans to buy ads, he said, it becomes difficult to know whether regions with a higher density of people likely to be confused by the voter ID requirements are being targeted.

"Blanketing the state with ads about how easy it is to vote and how several new forms of ID can be used at the polls is not helpful," he said, adding that areas such as the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso will require large amounts of advertising. "The real value is the targeted selection of significant markets that are affected."

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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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Wyoming Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, August 16

  • Voter Pre-Registration Deadline: Monday, August 1*

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Pre-Registration Deadline: Monday, October 25*

*There are NO registration deadlines. Voters may register to vote at their designated polling place on Election Day.

For more information, visit the Wyoming Secretary of State website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

Polling Place Hours

7:00am - 7:00pm on Election Day

For both the general election and primary elections, you may go into the county clerk's office starting 40 days before an election and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office.

Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots can be returned in person or by mail.

You can find your polling location online on the Secretary of State website.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines

To be listed in the Wyoming state's voter registration list before Election Day, you must register to vote at least 14 days prior to the election date.  Voters can also register on Election Day. 

If you register at the county clerk's office during the period 13 days before the election, you will not be registered to vote in that election.  If you cannot register to vote more than 14 days before an election, you should wait to register at the polls on Election Day. 

How to Check if You Are Registered

Contact your county clerk.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Note that if you did not vote in the 2012 general election, you may have been removed from the registration rolls and will need to register to vote again in order to be eligible to vote.  However, note that you can register on Election Day at your polling place.

How to Register

 **NOTE: Wyoming is exempt from the federal "Motor Voter" law and DOES NOT offer voter registration at the Driver License Division.

In-person

Voters may register to vote in the office of the county clerk or town clerk within their county of residence.

Voters may also print out a Voter Registration Form and hand deliver the form to the county clerk in their county of residence.  The form must be signed in front of the county clerk.

By mail

Voters who are not currently in Wyoming or who cannot go to the county clerk's office may register to vote by mail.  Print the Voter Registration Form and follow these instructions:

  1. Fill out the voter registration form in front of a notary or registry agent
  2. Show identification to the notary or registry agent.  See below for specific information about ID requirements. 
  3. Once completed, voters should mail the form to their County Clerk.

At the polls on Election Day

Wyoming allows qualified voters to register at the polls on Election Day.  Bring an acceptable form of ID to the polls (for example: driver license, passport).

Registration Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must meet the following qualifications: 

  • 18 years of age on Election Day;
  • U.S. Citizen;
  • Resident of Wyoming and the precinct in which you register;
  • Withdraw voter registration from any other jurisdiction, if applicable;
  • Present a valid Wyoming Driver License if you have one and if not provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number (If you have neither, please indicate this on the Voter Registration Application form.);
  • Not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, has had civil or voting rights restored; and
  • Nor adjudicated mentally incompetent.

Identification Required for Registration

The Wyoming voter registration form requires a Wyoming driver’s license number, Social Security number, or for the applicant to mark the appropriate box if he or she has neither.

The application requires the signature of a notary or registry agent, who must confirm that they have verified the applicant’s identification.  The form indicates that the preferred form of ID is a Wyoming state driver’s license, but applicants without a license may present any one of the following forms of ID:

  • A driver’s license from a different state;
  • An ID issued by a local, state, or federal agency;
  • A U.S. passport;
  • A school ID; or
  • A military ID.

 Alternatively, any two of the following forms of ID will be accepted:

  • A certificate of U.S. citizenship or naturalization;
  • A draft record;
  • A voter registration card from another state or county;
  • An original or certified copy of a birth certificate bearing an official seal;
  • A certificate of birth abroad issued by the U.S. State Department; or
  • Any other form of ID issued by an official agency.

If You Want to Vote Early

You may vote an in person absentee ballot at your county clerk's office.  For both the general election and primary elections, you may go into the county clerk's office starting 40 days before an election and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office. 

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any qualified elector may vote by absentee ballot. Voters can vote an absentee ballot by requesting an absentee ballot be mailed to you by calling the county clerk or submitting your name, residence address, mailing address, and birth date or social security number.  Once your information is verified, a ballot will be sent to you in the mail.

Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Absentee ballots can be returned in person or by mail.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

The Wyoming voter registration form requires a Wyoming driver’s license number, Social Security number, or for the applicant to mark the appropriate box if he or she has neither.

The application requires the signature of a notary or registry agent, who must confirm that they have verified the applicant’s identification.  The form indicates that the preferred form of ID is a Wyoming state driver’s license, but applicants without a license may present any one of the following forms of ID:

  • A driver’s license from a different state;
  • An ID issued by a local, state, or federal agency;
  • A U.S. passport;
  • A school ID; or
  • A military ID.

Alternatively, any two of the following forms of ID will be accepted:

  • A certificate of U.S. citizenship or naturalization;
  • A draft record;
  • A voter registration card from another state or county;
  • An original or certified copy of a birth certificate bearing an official seal;
  • A certificate of birth abroad issued by the U.S. State Department; or
  • Any other form of ID issued by an official agency.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

You must show ID if:

  • You are voting for the first time in WY;
  • You registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003; and
  • You have not previously met the ID requirements of the federal Help America Vote Act.

As discussed above, the preferred form of identification is a Wyoming Driver License.  The second option is one form of the following:

  • Driver's license from a different state;
  • ID card issued by a local, state or federal agency; 
  • U.S. passport; 
  • School ID; or
  • Or military ID.

The third option is two of the following in any combination:

  • Certification of U.S. Citizenship;
  • Certificate of Naturalization; 
  • Draft Record; 
  • Voter registration card from another state or county; 
  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate bearing an official seal; 
  • Certification of birth abroad issued by the Department of State; or
  • Any other form of identification issued by an official agency.

If your address has changed, you must re-register to vote.  This can be done either in person at the county or town clerk's office, via mail, or at the polls on Election Day (see above in the registering to vote section for more details).  You may register up to 14 days prior to the election.  However, if you miss that deadline, you can register at your polling place on Election Day when you go to vote. Note that you will be required to show identification to register (see the acceptable forms of ID above). 

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Wyoming-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Wyoming-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Wyoming-specific FWAB page.

A voter is eligible once her/his civil rights have been restored by the Wyoming Board of Parole, which has the authority to restore voting rights to convicted felons.  The following criteria must be met for the Board to consider restoration:

  • Convicted of a felony;
  • Only one felony conviction (or multiple felonies arising out of the same occurrence or sequence of events);
  • It must be classified as a non-violent crime under the definition provided in the Wyoming Statutes; and 
  • The individual must have completed the sentence (including any probation or parole period) more than 5 years ago.

Individuals may apply by completing an application form and agreeing to undergo a criminal history background check. The application may be obtained here:  Application for Restoration of Voting Rights.

**The materials below have not been updated since 2014**

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

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

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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