As you embark on the important civic duty of voting, here’s what you need to know.
Election officials anticipate higher-than-usual turnout, so voters are encouraged to plan and prepare.
To help you do that, the News&Guide pushed up publication of this special section by two weeks. We wanted to make sure you had this guide in hand early enough to heed the advice of election officials to cast your ballot early.
The early absentee voting period runs for 45 days leading up to the Nov. 3 general election. Registered voters may vote absentee through Nov. 2.
Teton County Elections Senior Deputy Clerk Kellie Dickerson told the News&Guide that as of Oct. 8 her office had received about 3,500 ballots. There were 14,497 registered voters in Teton County as of the same date, and she estimated 98% voter turnout for the General Election.
“That’s typically how generals happened in the past, especially for the presidential generals,” she said. “I’m expecting we’re going to at least double what we did for the primary, if not more. Probably, way more actually.”
During the August primary, in-person voting went smoothly and voters cast 5,799 ballots in person and absentee. Dickerson said she’s hoping the general will follow suit process-wise, but a combination of physical distancing protocols and higher turnout could cause some delays.
Teton County could see the “biggest voter turnout” it has “ever seen” come Nov. 3, she predicted.
Before Election Day, pick up this handy guide in the weekly Jackson Hole News&Guide on stands now. Happy voting.
— Billy Arnold