Wyoming election officials say turnout for the Aug. 18 primary election was one for the record books.
“The 2020 Election was remarkable in many ways, but this election had the highest turnout for a primary in a presidential election year ever, and that is truly notable," Secretary of State Edward Buchanan said in a news release.
Overall voters cast 140,042 ballots statewide. Although that exceeds turnout during previous primaries in presidential election years, the showing did not beat primary turnout during the 1994 Midterm Election when voters were selecting candidates to face off for an open seat for governor.
This year's primary saw 62% of ballots, or 86,441 votes, cast at the polls on election day or by in-person absentee voting with the rest cast absentee by mail, the release said.
As for the global pandemic, Buchanan said in the release: "We made polling places safe and worked hard to inform voters about the security and safety of Wyoming’s voting process. Voters listened and proved that even when times are tough — perhaps especially when times are tough — Wyoming votes."
Likewise, State Election Director Kai Schon said: “Wyoming voters were clearly not deterred by COVID-19 and turned out to cast their ballots using Wyoming’s election system which is safe and secure from end-to-end."
Absentee voting begins for the General Election on Sept. 18.
The Wyoming State Canvassing Board examined the results of state-level races across Wyoming and, on Wednesday, certified winning candidates to be placed on the 2020 General Election Ballot.
The State Canvassing Board is comprised of: Gov. Mark Gordon; Secretary of State Edward Buchanan (chair); State Auditor Kristi Racines; and State Treasurer Curt Meier. Several partisan and Independent legislative candidates were also certified by the board to appear on the general election ballot.