The Park County Elections Office is preparing to cancel the registrations of thousands of voters who missed November’s General Election. However, voters can keep their registration active if …
The Park County Elections Office is preparing to cancel the registrations of thousands of voters who missed November’s General Election. However, voters can keep their registration active if they contact the office in coming days to say they would like to remain on the rolls.
Wyoming law requires county clerks to cancel a voter’s registration if they fail to vote in a general election — even if the person participated in the preceding primary election. Before doing so, however, clerks must send the voter a notice of the pending cancellation and give them an opportunity to keep their registration active.
Park County is mailing cancellation notices to 5,563 voters on Friday, Jan. 6. If they want their registrations to remain active, those voters need to contact the elections office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. They can stop by the Park County Courthouse (1002 Sheridan Ave. in Cody), call 307-527-8620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request to stay on the registry; when they contact the elections office, voters must confirm their full legal name, date of birth and residential address.
“If you didn’t vote in the general election and want to keep your registration active, you don’t have to wait to receive our postcard,” said Park County Clerk Colleen Renner. “Just get in touch and let us know you want to stay on the rolls.”
Those who fail to respond within the 20-day period — and those who need to update their name, address or political affiliation — must re-register before voting again. Residents can register at the elections office inside the courthouse, at city hall in Powell (270 N. Clark St.) or town hall in Meeteetse (2044 State St.). Wyoming law also allows voters to register by mail, but the registration form must be notarized and accompanied by a copy of the identification shown to the notary.
The following identification can be used to register to vote or to update an existing registration: a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID card; U.S. passport; tribal ID; a Wyoming college or school ID; or U.S. military card. Alternatively, residents can provide two of the following documents: a certificate of U.S. citizenship or naturalization; a U.S. military draft record; a voter registration card from another state or county; and a Social Security card.
A large number of voters stand to be purged from Park County’s voter rolls because participation dropped significantly from the 2020 presidential election to last year’s midterm. A record 16,815 Park County residents voted in the 2020 General Election, but only 12,977 residents participated in November.
Voters do have plenty of time to get their registration up to date: Wyoming’s next primary election is scheduled for Aug. 20, 2024, with a general election on Nov. 5, 2024.
For more information about the registration process in Park County, visit parkcounty-wy.gov/county-elections/how-do-i-register-to-vote or call 307-527-8620.