30% in Jackson Hole have voted
By Kevin Huelsmann, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
October 29, 2012
About 30 percent of all registered voters in Teton County have cast their ballots for the general election.
Absentee voting has been steady this year, and at about the same pace as in past elections, County Clerk Sherry Daigle said.
“That’s just about right, in terms of the absentee voting percentage,” she said.
As of Thursday, there were 11,700 registered voters in Teton County. Of those, 3,454 had visited the clerk’s office to vote or requested mail-in ballots, Daigle said.
Most people — 1,648 — have turned up at the absentee polling station to cast their votes. In addition, ballots from 948 residents have already been received by the clerk. Another 858 ballots were mailed out but haven’t been sent back.
Only six days remain to cast ballots at the clerk’s office.
“If you want to vote before Nov. 6, you need to get in here and get ’er done,” Daigle said.
With just a week remaining before the general election, Daigle said voters who have requested mail-in ballots need to hurry up. Staff at the clerk’s office can accept mail-in ballots only until the polls close — 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 — unlike some states that will accept mail-in ballots for several days after an election, Daigle said.
Voters who choose to mail their votes need to be careful to avoid potential mistakes. Something as simple as forgetting to sign the envelope that contains one’s ballot could make it invalid.
“It does open the door for possibilities that the vote won’t be counted,” Daigle said.
Winter weather also can create problems for last-minute voters. Ballots could be held up if mail is delayed by a storm, Daigle said, and a ballot delayed long enough is a wasted ballot.
Over the years, Daigle said, she has seen an increase in the number of voters who visit the absentee polling site to cast their votes early.
The absentee polling site is open Monday through Friday at the clerk’s office, which is in the basement of the county administration building at 200 S. Willow St.
The clerk’s office can be reached at 733-7733 or via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about voter registration, polling locations and absentee voting can be found at Tetonwyo.org/cc.