Secretary of State Encourages Voters to be Ready
Written by broebling on October 31, 2018
Press Release – With days to go before the November 6th Midterm General Election, Secretary of State Edward Buchanan is encouraging voters to cast a ballot on Election Day and reminding Wyoming residents that if they did not vote during the 2016 General Election or are not registered to vote, that they may register to vote on Election Day.
Wyoming’s law allows Wyoming residents to register and vote on Election Day if they provide a valid Wyoming driver’s license. If a person does not bring their valid driver’s license to the polls, then a voter must provide their driver’s license number and another acceptable form of identification. If a prospective voter has not been issued a Wyoming driver’s license, they must provide the last four digits of their social security number and another form of acceptable identification. If a person has not been issued a Wyoming driver’s license or a social security number, they may still vote if they have another form of acceptable identification.
“The law on how a voter registers to vote is clear. There are multiple ways in which a voter can register if they do not have a valid Wyoming driver’s license. If a voter forgets their Wyoming driver’s license or if they don’t know their driver’s license number on Election Day, they can still cast a provisional ballot. A voter will then have the responsibility of providing the necessary documentation to their county clerk by the close of business on the following day,” said Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese.
Polls open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6th and close at 7:00 p.m. If a voter is unable to register at the polls they may cast a provisional ballot at that time and provide any necessary information to their county clerk by close of business on Wednesday, November 7th, to have their ballot counted.
“Wyoming was the first State to allow same-day voter registration. Voters in Wyoming have flexibility in choosing when to register and vote, so there is no excuse not to vote. My office and Wyoming’s county clerks work to ensure that the registration process is understandable, easy to navigate, transparent, and secure. The steps to register to vote on Election Day or any other day are clearly laid out in both Wyoming law and in federal law through the Help America Vote Act. While these procedures have not changed in 15 years, I am encouraging voters to come to the polls prepared so that they can register and cast their ballot without any difficulty,” said Secretary of State Edward Buchanan.
Voters may locate their polling place or vote center by using the Polling Place Locator on the Secretary of State’s website.