Teton County residents can start casting early absentee ballots for the specific purpose excise tax election Thursday.

Wyoming allows voters to vote “absentee” for any reason. That means any registered voter can vote from Sept. 26 to Nov. 4.

Registered voters can request an absentee ballot by emailing, calling or writing the clerk’s office. They can also show up at the clerk’s office — in the basement of the county building at 200 S. Willow St. — and vote then and there. The clerk’s office polling site is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“When voters come in, they can either cast their vote now at the polling place, or they can request a ballot and take it home with them,” said Senior Deputy Clerk Kellie Dickerson. “Then they can either drop their ballot back off or they can mail it back to us.”

The SPET is an optional, voter-approved 1% sales tax imposed to fund public projects. The tax is already in place, so approving projects would continue collection of the penny tax.

Voters can vote “yea” or “nay” on 10 projects totaling $77 million, from $22 million for an expansion of the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center to $1.6 million for firefighting equipment.

Voters last greenlighted $34 million in SPET projects in a special election in May 2017, funding such initiatives as the St. John’s Living Center and Central Wyoming College’s Jackson campus.

Clerks have been prepping for the election by processing absentee ballot requests, training election judges and testing voting machines.

Register to vote by bringing in your Wyoming driver’s license, or another government-issued ID and the last four digits of your social security number.

The SPET election is Nov. 5. Because the SPET election is a special election, only two vote centers will be available on Election Day: the Teton County Library and Old Wilson Schoolhouse, Dickerson said.

Early voting is on the rise. About two-thirds of voters cast early absentee ballots in the 2018 general election, the clerk’s office said.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063, county@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcounty.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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