Contact: Sherry L. Daigle, County Clerk
Citizens can choose their location to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as part of Teton
County’s new Vote Center system. The community Vote Centers had a successful
trial run during the August Primary and will be in place again on Election Day.
reactions have been positive, and the Vote Center system has already resulted
in increased efficiency for election staff, according to Teton County Clerk
Sherry L. Daigle and Chief Deputy Clerk Melissa Shinkle.
really changed a lot of things on Election Day, and therefore it made things
really peaceful during the Primary – there was a lot less chaos,” Shinkle said.
“Everything went smoothly, and because of this more efficient system, we were
able to let employees go home earlier in the night than in previous years.”
new polling system, regardless of where citizens live in Teton County, they can
choose from any of six locations to cast their ballots on Election Day.
Centers are located at the Teton County Library, Teton County/Jackson
Recreation Center, Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center, Teton County Weed
& Pest Building, Alta Elementary School and Moran Elementary School. A
computerized check-in system ensures that an individual can’t cheat the system
and vote at more than one location.
seem to really appreciate the flexibility of voting where they would like,” Daigle
said. “For example, there’s a man who in the past had to leave his job at the
airport, drive home to Hoback Junction to vote, and then return to work at the
airport. He was thrilled to hear he can now vote where it is convenient for
have gained popularity across the country as an alternative to traditional,
neighborhood-based precincts. In Wyoming, Teton County is one of the first to
take advantage of the concept since the Wyoming Legislature authorized Vote
Centers in 2015.
fewer polling locations, Daigle said that lines should still be minimal to
non-existent due to the increased number of check-in stations and voting booths
that will be set up at each location.
Daigle and Shinkle expect as many as 50 to 60 percent of the electorate to take
advantage of the county’s highly accommodative absentee voting option. Beginning
45 days prior to Election Day, citizens can vote by absentee ballot for any
reason. Residents can request a ballot, pick one up in person, fill it out in
the privacy of their own homes, mail it in, or simply fill it out on the spot
at the absentee polling site in the basement of the County Administration
Building. Absentee ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be
“Our goal is
to make it as easy as possible for people to vote,” Daigle said. “At some point
between 45 days prior to the election and 7 p.m. on Election Day, everyone in
the whole county is coming through Jackson. With our absentee polling site and
being able to vote at any one of those polling centers, it’s pretty convenient.
There’s no reason not to vote.”
Sept. 23 through Monday, Nov. 7
County Administration Building
(downstairs), 200 S. Willow St.
Open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
On Nov. 8, 2016, Teton County
residents may vote at ANY one of the following Vote Centers.
Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Virginian Ln, Jackson, WY
COUNTY/JACKSON RECREATION CENTER
E. Gill Ave., Jackson, WY
WILSON SCHOOLHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER
Main St., Wilson, WY
COUNTY WEED & PEST BUILDING
US-89, Jackson, WY
Alta School Rd., Alta, WY
Moran Ct., Moran, WY
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