skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Progressives call push to change Constitution "risky," Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks, insurers while building real estate empire; new report compares ways NY can get cleaner air, help disadvantaged communities.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

House Speaker McCarthy aims to pin a shutdown on White House border policies, President Biden joins a Detroit auto workers picket line and the Supreme Court again tells Alabama to redraw Congressional districts for Black voters.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

Wyoming Dems to Debut Ranked-Choice Voting

play audio
Play

Thursday, March 19, 2020   

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Democratic Party has canceled in-person caucuses because of the COVID-19 crisis, but voters still can cast ballots by mail and at drop boxes.

And for the first time, voters will be able to rank their choice of candidates.

Chris Merrill, executive director of the nonpartisan Equality State Policy Center, says one benefit of what's called ranked-choice voting could be fewer negative ads, because candidates need to reach beyond their hard-core base to convince voters to make them their second or third choice.

"It would cut down on the kind of attack approach, and it would force candidates to focus more on issues and to be more civil in general," he explains.

Voters can choose up to five candidates in order of their preference, under the new system, and votes for candidates that don't get at least 15% would automatically go to the next one on a voter's list.

All mail ballots must be postmarked by this Friday, and in-person ballot pickup and drop-off locations will be available on March 28 and April 4.

Merrill says ranked-choice voting also should eliminate the need to "hold your nose" when casting a ballot, which happens when voters fear that their vote won't count if they vote for their favorite candidate not doing well in the polls.

Merrill says the new system also should help bring more diverse candidates onto ballots.

"There's good evidence that, in a ranked-choice voting system, women and people of color do better than in the traditional one-vote system, where you don't get to thoroughly express your preferences by ranking," he states.

Wyoming joins Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas and Nevada to use ranked-choice voting in the presidential primary, and according to the news digest WyoFile, the system also has been used to elect city councils and mayors in Colorado, Utah and six other states.

The Wyoming Republican Party has not yet announced its process for choosing its presidential convention delegates.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Conservative legal groups are calling for a constitutional convention as early as 2025. (Kasia Biel/Adobestock)

Social Issues

play sound

Progressive groups are speaking out against the idea of a constitutional convention, warning it could be used to impose conservative policies on …


Health and Wellness

play sound

Today is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Nevada is one of the 10 states with the highest HIV infection rates. In 2021, more than 11,00…

Environment

play sound

The current Farm Bill expires Sept. 30 and with a looming government shutdown, reauthorization does not appear imminent. Wisconsin farm groups say …


More than thirty states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized low-level cannabis possession offenses, according to The Marijuana Policy Project. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Kentuckians continue to be charged, jailed and fined for cannabis-related offenses at high rates, despite dramatic shifts in public opinion, …

Environment

play sound

Three conservation groups have sued to stop a large logging project near Yellowstone National Park they say threatens endangered species in Montana…

A $27 billion fund managed by the Environmental Protection Agency is designed to help states and local communities construct sustainable green projects to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. (Adobe Stock/AI)

Environment

play sound

Elected officials in New York and across the country are urging state and local governments to use new funding available through the Environmental Pro…

Environment

play sound

A new poll found Pennsylvania Republican voters want political candidates to prioritize preserving and growing manufacturing including tariffs in the …

Social Issues

play sound

A California group formed after the firestorm that leveled the town of Paradise is stepping up to help Maui recover from its own disaster last month…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021