Posted at 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2016

Voting changes for Cheyenne

County adopts new sample ballots, polling centers for 2016 election

Laramie County will save $97,300 this election season by operating fewer voting areas than in previous years, but residents will be free to vote at any center they choose, according to information from the Laramie County Clerks Office.

“Vote centers were adopted due to new technology (electronic poll books), which enable a voter to vote at any center,” said Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee. Electronic poll books are a mixture of software and hardware that allow poll workers to check in voters electronically and track if they have already voted in other locations, according to the website for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Poll books don’t tally votes but help poll workers manage voters to prevent voting fraud, the website said.

Laramie County will operate 13 vote centers in the Cheyenne area this election season, in addition to centers in Pine Bluffs and Burns. The county previously operated 61 precincts in 2014. Residents previously were only allowed to vote in their home precinct. Now, residents can vote at any of the voting centers.

Laramie County Community College will be one of the 13 Cheyenne-area voting centers. The voting center at LCCC will be located in the Center for Conferences and Institutes, room 130, the Union Pacific Centennial Room.

The voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 and will be identified with a “Vote Here” feather flag. To find the voting center nearest to you, go to https://maps.laramiecounty.com/votecenters.

“Vote centers were adopted due to new technology (electronic poll books), which enable a voter to vote at any center.”

Debra Lee

Laramie County Clerk

How to register to vote

The first step in the voting process is registration. In order to cast a vote for any Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming or federal electoral positions or ballot measure, registration in the city of Cheyenne or Laramie County is required. Once registered, votes can also be cast for the general election on Nov. 8. If done by mail, voter registration is open until Oct. 25. After Oct. 25 up to Election Day, voters can still register but are required to immediately cast their ballots.

If Wyoming residency is current but voting status is unknown, the County Clerk’s office may be contacted at 307-633-4264 or voters can stop by 309 W. 20th St. in Cheyenne.

For non-residents, Lee at the County Clerk’s office said to contact the county clerk in the area where residency is held. Lee said that voter registrations laws can vary from state to state and that some states have a “motor voter” law. Under this law, anyone who obtains a driver’s license is automatically registered to vote in the state where residency is held.

If residency and voting status is held in another state, a vote can be cast via absentee ballot. Or, according to Lee, registration to vote as a Wyoming resident may be done, but an absentee ballot is preferred.

On the ballot

Not every ballot shares the same options. The options given on each ballot are determined by where the voter resides. For example, if a voter lives outside of city limits the option to vote for mayor will not be on the ballot. Lee said that the Laramie County Clerk’s website has added a new feature that allows voters to see a sample of their individual ballot prior to visiting the polls. The ballot will also show which ward and precinct the voter resides in, if the voter is a Cheyenne resident, as well as which positions the voter is able to vote for.

Voters can see their sample ballot by going to the Laramie County Clerk’s website at LaramieCountyClerk.com, clicking on the “Find Your Voting District and Representatives,” and entering in the zip code in which they reside.

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