As red as Wyoming looks, it’s also been 50 years since the state has elected consecutive Republican governors. (By random coincidence, I’m actually in the state I’m writing a primary guide for. Picking up a few local news tidbits, too.) Here’s the 411 on Wyoming’s primary.
Wyoming has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, August 21. If you’re a voter in Wyoming, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!
Wyoming Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Register to vote by: August 6
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Absentee voting info here
Wyoming Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• 1 House Representative is up for re-election
• Voted +46 for Trump in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (R)
>>> State Senate 27 (R) – 3 (D)
>>> State House 51 (R) – 9 (D)
The sitting governor, Matt Mead (R), is term-limited and cannot seek re-election. The Democratic candidates are:
Ken Casner – no website
Michael Allen Green – no website
Mary Throne – website
Rex Wilde – no website
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Liz Cheney (R), daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is the incumbent and is running for re-election. There are two Democrats running in the primary:
John Barrasso (R), is the incumbent and is running for re-election. He is facing a number of Republican challengers, and one Democratic challenger: Gary Trauner.
15 of the 30 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Two Democrats are running for re-election, and 5 Democrats are challenging the Republican incumbent. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.
All 60 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. Seven Democrats are running for re-election, and 17 Democrats are challenging the Republican incumbent. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.
NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.
A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Wyoming Elections 2018. You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Wyoming Democrats.
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