In early April, an important voter issue came to my attention by accident. It was an "Official Voter Survey" about voting procedure preference, being conducted on the Wyoming County Clerks' respective websites. Replacement of voting equipment in the next few years is estimated to be $240,000 (Goshen County Clerk website) in Goshen County alone. The county clerks, secretary of state, county commissioners and state Legislature are considering efficient and cost-effective voting procedures, based on the survey results. The survey is now closed, with results from only 1,098 Wyoming residents.
It is my concern that many voters weren't of the survey and the public notification process failed. Plus, the short period of time to conduct the survey adds up to a questionable result. I encourage our elected leaders to reopen the survey and use this election year to get feedback from the electorate. I would suggest a paper handout survey at voting sites and county clerk offices and online. This sampling may not be perfect, but more people would be involved in the process.
I support the mail-in ballot format, because it is more cost-effective, can be done from home, eliminates voting equipment failures, alleviates any weather or travel concerns, no loss of work time and simplifies the voting process for our county clerks offices. I'm fully aware that there is strong opposition from the Republican Party for mail-in voting, because it threatens their power. Statements such as "Democrats cheat" and "Look at Washington and Colorado; as soon as they went to mail-in ballots, they went blue," (Richard George, Republican Central Committee meeting/Feb. 2018), send a clear message.
This is a very important issue and it needs to be handled in a fair and transparent manner for all Wyoming citizens. It should be our common goal as Wyoming voters to have an ethical, reliable voting process that is cost-effective, convenient and easily available to all eligible voters.