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Election Day Reminders for WYO Midterms

October 29, 2010

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Forgetting to register is not an excuse in Wyoming. The Cowboy State allows eligible voters to register, and vote, on Election Day by bringing acceptable identification to their polling place. Federal, state and county races are on the ballot.

Kate Wright, executive director of the Wyoming Conservation Voters Education Fund urges voters not to overlook county-level decisions. She says the people elected to those positions can influence "backyard issues," such as trash and recycling, parks and public safety.

"Every single vote cast has the ability to change the outcome of an election, and the outcome of election can directly impact your community."

Wright says another big issue looming over all the races is the future of the state's energy resources, especially the growing market for renewables.

"There's a lot going on with wind energy - a lot of decisions that have to be made about transmission corridors and eminent domain."

Wright notes that, historically, Wyoming voter turnout is higher than other states, but because the population is smaller, races are often decided by just a few votes - and at least one recent tied election was decided by the candidate who drew the winning ticket out of a hat.

Voter registration information is available at http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/RegisteringToVote.aspx.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY