Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state in the US on July 10, 1890. The state’s capital and largest city is Cheyenne. Wyoming’s area is made up of 97,818 square miles, making it the 10th largest US state. However, its population is only about 583,000, making it the least populated state in the country. People in the state call themselves Wyomingites. The state’s major industries include the raising of cattle and sheep, coal and uranium mining, oil and natural gas production and tourism.
The highest point in the state is at Gannett Peak, which soars to a height of almost 13,805 feet or approximately 4,207 meters above sea level. The lowest point is found at Belle Fourche River, which is just under 4,000 feet or almost 945 meters above sea level. The state contains 23 counties, including Yellowstone National Park. The origin for the state’s name comes from a Delaware Native American word, “Maughwauwama,” which, when translated, means “large plains.” The state song is “Wyoming,” and the state nickname is the “Equality State.” It accents the state’s motto, which is “Equal Rights.” Equal rights for voting are also extended to felons who serve time for non-violent crimes.
According to the Brennan Centre for Justice at the New York University School of Law, the rights of first-time felons, who have committed non-violent crimes, are automatically restored five years after they have completed their sentences. This measures applies to felons who seek to regain their rights, beginning in 2016.
Otherwise, applications are required from felons who have completed their sentence for a first-time conviction of a non-violent nature prior to 2016. Applications are also required from people convicted of felonies outside the state or under federal law. Any person convicted of a violent crime or individuals who have had multiple felony convictions will have their votes revoked unless they are pardoned by the governor.
Felon Voting Law in Wyoming
To register to vote in Wyoming, you must be 18 years old by Election Day, a United States citizen, and a resident of the state and precinct where your register. You must show a valid state driver’s license when you register or, if you do not have one, supply the last four digits of your social security number.
If you do not have the social security number or license, you need to indicate this fact on the registration application. Registered voters must also be declared mentally competent and not incarcerated for a felony crime. Unless you were pardoned or have had your rights reinstated, you won’t be able to vote. You can learn more about the state’s voting law by clicking on this link.
How a Felon in Wyoming Can Restore Their Voting Rights
In order to restore your voting rights, you need to register to vote. In order to register in person, you need to apply at the town’s clerk office or at the county clerk. You can also register by mail. Send your voter registration, filled out and notarized, to the county clerk. When you mail in the form, include photo copies of your identification.
You can also register at the polling place on the election date. In order to do so, bring documentation that proves your eligibility to vote. The deadline for registration is 14 days before Election Day. However, you can also register and vote simultaneously – either on Election Day or during the period for absentee voting.
In Wyoming, a period of residency is not stipulated for registration. Applicants are requested to provide a residential address on their voter’s registration, sign an oath that affirms they meet the registration qualifications and provide paperwork that bears their contact information (e.g., utility bill, driver’s license, pay stub, etc.). The preferred document is a state driver’s license.
Within the state, 23 county clerks serve as chief election officers for their individual counties. They can answer any questions about registration, polling, or voting. You cannot register to vote when you obtain your driver’s license. The only places where registration is allowed is the county or town’s clerk’s office or your polling location. That is because Wyoming is exempt from the Motor Voter Act or legislation that allows voter registration at the DMV.
If you voted in the past general election, you remain registered. However, if you did not vote in a prior general election or you changed your name or moved within the state to another county, you must re-register with the county clerk.
If you are a felon, regardless of where you were convicted, you will need to have your voting rights reinstated in the state. It is helpful to refer to the Department of Corrections site for Wyoming if you need further assistance in this regard. Remember – felons who register to vote and cast a ballot illegally can be prosecuted. Anyone who is found to falsely swear or falsely vote can be sentenced to prison for up to five years, receive a fine of up to $10,000 or be responsible for fulfilling both requirements.
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