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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Wyoming

In 1869, Wyoming became the first territory to allow women to vote. At the time, men in the territory outnumbered women six to one. Leaders hoped the new law would encourage more women to settle in Wyoming.

On September 2, 1885, a group of white coal miners attacked and killed 28 of their Chinese coworkers, wounded 15 others, and torched 79 of their homes in Rock Springs. None of the perpetrators—who had been angered by the refusal of Chinese miners to join in a strike for better wages, and by the Union Pacific Coal Company’s decision to allow the Chinese to work a lucrative part of the mine—were ever convicted for the brutal massacre.

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Henry Longabaugh received the nickname “Sundance Kid” after serving time in prison between 1887 and 1889 for stealing a horse in Sundance, Wyoming. He later met Butch Cassidy and joined the notorious Wild Bunch.

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President Theodore Roosevelt designated Devils Tower—a natural rock formation resulting from a volcanic intrusion and a sacred site for many Plains Indians—the first national monument in the U.S. on September 24, 1906.

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In 1949, a massive blizzard blanketed Wyoming, killing 17 people, 55,000 cattle and 105,000 sheep.

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Wyoming is the leading producer of coal in the United States; in 2010, the state produced 40 percent of the nation’s total.

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Wyoming was the first place in the US to allow women to hold office and vote.

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State of Wyoming Quick Facts
  • Current Population:586,107
  • Voter Registration Deadline: Election day
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 3
  • Congressional Districts: 1
  • Date of Statehood: July 10, 1890
  • Size: 97,812 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Big Wyoming; Equality State; Cowboy State
  • Tree: Plains Cottonwood
  • Flower: Indian Paintbrush
  • Bird: Meadowlark
Registered Voters

Total: 206,127

Voter Registration total : 206,127

  • Constitution : 318
  • Democratic : 41,735
  • Libertarian : 1,048
  • Republican : 141,264
  • Unaffiliated : 21,733
  • Other : 29

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Wyoming?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Wyoming.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    WYOMING : Yes

    To vote in Wyoming, you must be registered. Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out. May register at the polls on Election Day by providing documents establishing your identity and residency.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Wyoming?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Wyoming, voters have the following options :

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Employees who do not have 3 consecutive non-working hours while the polls are open are entitled to 1 paid hour leave (excluding meal times) to vote. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

    Wyoming State Government

    Wyoming Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution

    All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness; for the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.

    In their inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all members of the human race are equal.

    The Executive Branch
    Front exterior of the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne, Wyoming

    Executive Power

    The executive power shall be vested in a governor, who shall hold his office for the term of four (4) years and until his successor is elected and duly qualified.

    Wyoming Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Appointed)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    The facade as it was extended during 1915 with the House and Senate chambers in the end pavilions

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power shall be vested in a senate and house of representatives, which shall be designated "the legislature of the State of Wyoming."

    The Wyoming House includes 60 representatives.

    There are 30 senators in the Senate

    Judicial Branch
    The Supreme Court of Wyoming Building as seen from Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in the senate, sitting as a court of impeachment, in a supreme court, district courts, and such subordinate courts as the legislature may, by general law, establish and ordain from time to time.

    The supreme court of the state shall consist of not less than three nor more than five justices as may be determined by the legislature

    Wyoming Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(60)
    (9)(51)
    State Senators(30)
    (4)(26)
    US Representatives(1)
    (1)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Wyoming Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall be commander-in-chief of the military forces of the state, except when they are called into the service of the United States, and may call out the same to execute the laws, suppress insurrection and repel invasion. He shall have power to convene the legislature on extraordinary occasions.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor unless he be a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of the state, who has attained the age of thirty years, and who has resided 5 years next preceding the election within the state or territory, nor shall he be eligible to any other office during the term for which he was elected.

    Election

    The governor shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the time and place of choosing members of the legislature.

    Term of Office

    The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality .

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limited to two four-year terms in any 16 year span.

    Salary

    $105,000

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general serves as the chief legal officer of Wyoming. Their office represents state agencies in courts of law and provides legal opinions to state officials. The office does not provide legal advice to individual citizens, organizations or private businesses.

    Qualifications

    Prior to his appointment, the attorney general shall have been a practicing attorney for at least four (4) years. At the date of appointment, he shall be in good standing in the courts of record of this state and shall be a resident and elector of the state.

    Election

    The attorney general is appointed by the governor with the consent of the state Senate.

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit].]> $175,000

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    Responsible for handling the business affairs of the state, the secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of Wyoming and serves as the "acting governor" when the governor is not available.

    Qualifications

    There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years respectively, shall be citizens of the United States, and shall have the qualifications of state electors.

    Election

    The office of Secretary of State is elected every four years, in mid-term election years.

    Term of Office

    The office of secretary of state is elected every four years.]>

    Salary

    $92,000

    Qualification age

    At least twenty-five (25) years of age.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer is the state banker, responsible for keeping a detailed record of all withdrawals from and deposits to the state's accounts.

    Qualifications

    There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years respectively, shall be citizens of the United States, and shall have the qualifications of state electors.

    Election

    The office of treasurer is elected every four years, in mid-term election years.

    Term of Office

    The office of treasurer is elected every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $92,000

    Qualification age

    At least twenty-five (25) years of age.

    Wyoming State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a senator who has not attained the age of twenty-five years, or a representative who has not attained the age of twenty-one years, and who is not a citizen of the United States and of this state and who has not, for at least twelve months next preceding his election resided within the county or district in which he was elected.

    Election

    Members of the senate and house of representatives shall be elected on the day provided by law for the general election of a member of congress, and their term of office shall begin on the first Monday of January thereafter.

    Term of Office

    Representatives for the term of two (2) years.

    Limit on Tenure

    With no term limits.

    Salary

    $150/day + per diem

    Qualification age

    Attained the age of twenty-one years.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    Wyoming does not have the office of Lieutenant Governor, and so the President of the Senate is selected from the membership.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a senator who has not attained the age of twenty-five years, or a representative who has not attained the age of twenty-one years, and who is not a citizen of the United States and of this state and who has not, for at least twelve months next preceding his election resided within the county or district in which he was elected."

    Election

    Members of the Senate and House of Representatives shall be elected on the day provided by law for the general election of a member of congress, and their term of office shall begin on the first Monday of January thereafter.

    Term of Office

    Senators shall be elected for the term of four (4) years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Without term limits.

    Salary

    $150/day + per diem

    Qualification age

    Attained the age of twenty-five years.

    Wyoming State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The supreme court shall have general appellate jurisdiction, co-extensive with the state, in both civil and criminal causes, and shall have a general superintending control over all inferior courts, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of justice of the supreme court unless he be learned in the law, have been in actual practice at least nine (9) years, or whose service on the bench of any court of record, when added to the time he may have practiced law, shall be equal to nine (9) years, be at least thirty years of age and a citizen of the United States, nor unless he shall have resided in this state or territory at least three years.

    Election

    justices of the court were elected by the people of the state

    Term of Office

    They face a retention election every eight years

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $165,000

    Associates salary

    $165,000

    Qualification age

    be at least thirty years of age

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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