Chuck Gray: Only Wyomingites Should Be Voting In Wyoming Elections

In a guest column, Secretary of State Chuck Gray writes, "We must protect ourselves from the insecurity of the invasion affecting all 50 states. I urge the governor to adopt these rules and help secure Wyoming’s elections."

CSD Staff

April 11, 20243 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Make no mistake, the southern border of the United States is seeing a wave of illegal immigration, encouraged and incentivized by the radical left-wing policies of the Biden administration and personally overseen by Biden’s corrupt and incompetent director of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

And with surrounding states like Colorado opening their doors to thousands of immigrants who illegally crossed the southern border, it is ridiculous to think that illegal immigrants have not found their way to Wyoming.

The Cowboy State cannot stand idly by without doing something and must push for legislation and regulations at all levels to protect our communities from this federally created disaster.

As Wyoming’s chief election official, I am taking action to protect Wyoming elections. Through proposed rules strengthening our voter residency requirements, Wyoming can promise that Wyoming’s elections are decided by Wyomingites, NOT by illegal immigrants.

Our administration is well on our way to delivering on this promise. In February, we adopted rules related to providing identification when registering to vote, specifying that NO person shall be allowed to register to vote if their identification contains any indication that they are not a citizen of the United States.

Going further, the proposed rules require that a person registering to vote must provide proof of Wyoming residency. With the state of the country in 2024, these rules are a natural, common-sense solution to safeguard our elections from fraud and guarantee that no vote from an eligible voter is diluted by that of an illegal alien or nonresident ineligible to vote. And they are clearly allowed by Wyoming state law. 

Despite this, radical left-wing activists came out in full force, determined to throw everything but the kitchen sink in order to defeat the proposed rules. Following a robust public comment period, which was overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed rules, our office formally adopted these rules in February, moving Wyoming one step closer to improving our elections and safeguarding them from the chaos at the southern border.

But our work to protect Wyoming elections from illegal immigrants is far from over, as our office’s adoption does not make these rules effective. As with all proposed state agency rules, they must be signed by the governor to become law.

With the 2024 election approaching, Wyoming must stand tall and protect its citizens.  We must protect ourselves from the insecurity of the invasion affecting all 50 states. I urge the governor to adopt these rules, and help secure Wyoming’s elections.

Chuck Gray was elected Wyoming Secretary of State in 2022. Prior to his election to statewide office, Gray served three terms in the Wyoming House of Representatives.

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