En español | Wyoming’s Aug. 16 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the state Senate and House, as well as for governor, secretary of state, judges on the circuit and district courts, and other statewide offices.
Wyoming’s redistricting plan for the state legislature has been enacted, adding one seat to the senate, for a total of 31, and two additional seats to the house of representatives, for a total of 62. The redrawing of the legislative districts could change your polling place and which candidates appear on your ballot.
Wyoming residents can register by mail, at their local county clerk’s office or at the polls on Election Day.
Either way, you’ll need your state driver’s license or the last four digits of your Social Security number and an acceptable form of ID, which includes a Wyoming driver’s license; a U.S. passport; a federal, state, local or military ID card; a tribal ID; a Medicare or Medicaid card; or a photo ID from the University of Wyoming, a Wyoming community college or a state public school. A complete list of acceptable IDs is on the state election website.
The deadline to register to vote is Aug. 1 for the primaries and Oct. 24 for the general election. If you miss the deadline, you can register and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place. Check your county clerk’s website to find your polling place or contact your county clerk.
Yes, when it comes to voting in the primaries. Voters must be affiliated with a political party to vote in that party’s primary. You can select or change your party affiliation on your voter registration form. Or you can change party affiliation and obtain a different party’s ballot on the day of the primaries by doing same-day registration at the polls.
Voters can request an absentee ballot any day of the year (except on Election Day), but only for elections occurring that year.
Mail your completed absentee ballot to your county clerk’s office or drop it off in person. Absentee ballots must be received in the county clerk's office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots arriving after the deadline will not be counted. Voters are not allowed to drop their completed absentee ballot at the polls on Election Day — they must take it to the county clerk's office. Voters should call their county clerk’s office to check on Election Day hours.
Contact your county clerk to check the status of your ballot.
Early in-person absentee voting is permitted at your county clerk’s office 45 days before Election Day: July 1 to Aug. 15 for the primaries and Sept. 23 to Nov. 7 for the general election.
The primaries are Aug. 16; the general election is Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling place on your county clerk’s website or by contacting your county clerk. Some counties have drop boxes and vote centers, which allow voters from any district within the county to cast their ballots at these sites.
All Wyoming residents who cast ballots at the polls are required to present an acceptable form of identification, such as a driver’s license, student ID card, U.S. passport or valid Medicare or Medicaid card. A complete list of approved IDs is on the state election website.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 11 with information about the Aug. 16 primaries. The guide was first published on July 30, 2020.
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