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Gordon Vetoes Cheney-Inspired Absentee Ballot Bill; Sec Of State Chuck Gray Disappointed

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Gov. Mark Gordon vetoed a Chuck Gray-supported election security bill on Friday that would have banned members of the public from mailing absentee ballot request forms to voters. This was a practice used by former congresswoman Liz Cheney during her 2020 campaign.

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Secretary of State Chuck Gray Pleased With Election Integrity Improvements Passed In Legislature

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Secretary of State Chuck Gray (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Although it wasn’t an overwhelmingly successful legislative session for staunch conservatives, election security was one bright spot, which Secretary of State Chuck Gray made his presence well-heard in.

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End To Crossover Voting Bill Close To Hitting Gordon’s Desk, But Will He Sign It?

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

A bill that will restrict voters from changing party affiliation to influence the results of other parties’ primary elections has reached its farthest point in the Wyoming Legislature. But Gov. Mark Gordon has so far been noncommittal on whether he’d sign, veto or let it pass unsigned.

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Crossover Voting Continues To Cause Contention With Wyoming Lawmakers

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Resurrected after failing in a committee, an effort to get rid of crossover voting for Wyoming primary elections is close to landing on Gov. Mark Gordon’s desk. But that hasn’t stopped heated debate with supporters saying it protects the integrity of political parties and opponents claiming it’s outright “corruption.”

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Back From The Dead: Wyoming Senate Resurrects Effort To Stop Crossover Voting

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Sen. Larry Hicks successfully led an effort in the state Senate to revive House Bill 103, which had been killed in committee. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

A bill that would make it illegal for voters to change party affiliation after candidates announce they’re running for office had been killed by the Wyoming Legislature. But the state Senate revived it Tuesday.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Vote To Reduce Early Voting Window, Require Post-Election Audits

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Secretary of State Chuck Gray testifies in favor of a raft of legislation that would impact Wyoming elections. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Wyoming elections would be subject to post-election audits and early voting windows would be shortened under a bill advanced by a legislative committee Tuesday.

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Crossover Voting Bills Advance, But Weaker Than Some Wyoming Conservatives Want

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People line up in Cheyenne to vote in the 2022 general election. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

A bill that will restrict crossover voting in Wyoming passed through a legislative committee on Monday. The bill would allow voters to change their party affiliation up to 45 days before the primary election.

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Chuck Gray Wants To Do Away With ‘Predatory’ Campaign Tactic Used By Cheney

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Jenn Lowe, executive director for the Equality State Policy Center, testifies about Senate File 131 on Thursday. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

While some call sending unsolicited absentee ballots to voters a “predatory” campaign practice, others say it’s just being “accommodating.” Legislators are debating the tactic used by Liz Cheney and whether her mailers were unethical.

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Committee Kills Ranked Choice Voting For Wyoming

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Gail Symons with Civics307 testifies for the House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee on Friday. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Citing “ballot exhaustion,” costs and potential to confuse voters, a Wyoming House committee killed a proposal that would have allowed state municipalities to test ranked choice voting.

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Two Bills Would Make Concealed Carry Permits Legal Identification To Vote In Wyoming

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Sen. Lynn Hutchings. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

State Sen Lynn Hutchings told Cowboy State Daily that when she arrived at a polling place to vote, she realized she had no form of identification besides her concealed-carry permit. She said, “I’m a state legislator. I’m going to fix that.”

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No Decision Yet Over Lawsuit To Remove 100-Yards Distance Rule In Polling Places

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Photo by Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily

The 10th Court of Appeals is still considering arguments in a lawsuit that will determine how close people can campaign around polling places. Plaintiffs believe they should be able to campaign and gather signatures much closer to polling places.

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An Election Day Red Wave Or Red Ripple? Depends On Who You Ask

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Wyoming GOP Chair Frank Eathorne. Photo by Matt Idler

Former President Trump’s deputy campaign manager, who was in Casper for the state GOP meeting over the weekend, said that any margin of victory was significant because “Nancy Pelosi was fired.”

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Abortion, Election Fraud, And Economy Are Top Issues, Say Wyoming Voters

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People line up in Cheyenne to vote in the 2022 general election. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Voters casting their ballots at a Cheyenne polling place Tuesday said claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, abortion, and a horrible economy were their top issues for voting.

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Crook County GOP Won’t Support Primary Winner Sen. Ogden Driskill; Leaders Back Write-In Candidate

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The Crook County Republican Party has taken an official vote to not offer financial support or its endorsement support to Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, and instead will back the candidate voters didn’t elect in the Aug. 16 primary.

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Reservation House District Candidates Spar Over Fed Control Of Tribal Land, Abortion, Education

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Incumbent Democratic House Rep. Andi LeBeau debated Republican challenger Sarah Penn on issues unique to the Wind River Indian Reservation, such as the federal government’s control of the land, littered garbage heaps and a two-year mask mandate.

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Trying To Turn Red Seat Blue, Democrat Targets GOP Incumbent Through Interstate Billboards

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Photo by Carol Ryczek for Cowboy State Daily

Trying to unseat a Republican incumbent in the reddest state in the nation isn’t easy. But Democrat Merav Ben-David is attempting the feat with creative billboards lined up on Interstate 80 through Laramie.

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