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Special District Elections Special District Elections

District Supervisor Elections n n n Elected on a general ballot on a nonpartisan District Supervisor Elections n n n Elected on a general ballot on a nonpartisan basis. Supervisor elections for all districts (except Weston County) are held during the general election on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. District supervisors serve 4 year terms. All registered voters residing within the district are eligible to vote for district supervisor positions.

Supervisors to be elected: n Board Composition (W. S. 11 -16 -120) n n Supervisors to be elected: n Board Composition (W. S. 11 -16 -120) n n n Five supervisors who reside within the district Three rural supervisors One urban supervisor One at large Terms are staggered, four-year terms n Stagger is controlled by principal act

Supervisors Terms of Office District supervisors take the oath of office and commence their Supervisors Terms of Office District supervisors take the oath of office and commence their term at the beginning of the next regularly scheduled directors meeting after the election has been certified unless the district has addressed this in its rules, bylaws or resolutions. Per Wyoming Secretary of State Special Election Districts Rules, Chapter 6. (see handout for full version of rule)

Special district elections: n Applicable Statutes n Special District Election Act n n n Special district elections: n Applicable Statutes n Special District Election Act n n n Principal Act n n Chapter 29, Title 22 Applies only when principal act is silent or unclear Chapter 16, Title 11 Applicable Rules n Chapters 1 through 6, Special District Election Rules

Supervisor elections: n Election Dates (W. S. 22 -29 -112) n n March (first Supervisor elections: n Election Dates (W. S. 22 -29 -112) n n March (first Tuesday after the third Monday) May (Tuesday next following the first Monday) November (Tuesday next following the first Monday) Election Types n n Polling Place Election Mail Ballot Election

Special district elections: n Who Pays? n Elections not held in conjunction with any Special district elections: n Who Pays? n Elections not held in conjunction with any other election n At expense of the Districts may apply to the County Commissioners for financial help Elections held in conjunction with other elections n n District may be required to pay portion of total election costs Pro-rated costs cannot include any fixed cost of the election

Starting the clock: n Publish the Proclamation (W. S. 22 -29 -112) n n Starting the clock: n Publish the Proclamation (W. S. 22 -29 -112) n n Who? District Secretary When? Not more than 120 and not less than 100 days prior to the election Where? In newspaper of general circulation in each county in which all or part of the district is situated What? Set forth the date of the election, the name of the filing officer, offices to be elected and terms of office, filing period, other pertinent information n See Section 5, Chapter 3, Special District Election Rules

Candidate filings: n Where? n n When? n n Not more than 90 nor Candidate filings: n Where? n n When? n n Not more than 90 nor less than 70 days prior to the election What? n n File with the secretary of the district Application form in conformance with W. S. 22 -29 -110(b) Who? n Any qualified candidate n n Registered voter Residing in supervisor designated area

Ballot preparation: n n Ballots must be printed and ready no later than 30 Ballot preparation: n n Ballots must be printed and ready no later than 30 days preceding the election Ballot format n n n n Name of District County or Counties in which District is located Date of the election Number of offices to be filled; term for each office; number of candidates each voter may vote for Names of candidates; any ballot propositions Candidate names appear without party designation; one name to a line; blank lines for write-in candidates; order is done by drawing lots Sample ballot to be published not later than 10 days prior to date of election

Polling place election: n Appoint election judges n n n Appoint a counting board Polling place election: n Appoint election judges n n n Appoint a counting board n n No less than three judges per polling place Judges must be qualified electors of the District Must be appointed no less than 30 days prior to the election May be permanently appointed May be the same as the election judges Appoint a canvassing board n n District secretary plus Two other qualified electors appointed by the District Board

Polling place election: n n The entire District may constitute an election precinct Polling Polling place election: n n The entire District may constitute an election precinct Polling hours shall be set by the Board of Directors prior to publication of the proclamation n Must be at least five consecutive hours Must be between the hours of 9: 00 a. m. and 7: 00 p. m. District secretary to furnish ballots, sealed ballot box, and other supplies

Polling place election: n Only voters whose names appear on the official poll list Polling place election: n Only voters whose names appear on the official poll list may vote unless he makes an affidavit evidencing his qualifications to vote n n n Poll list consists of list of registered voters as of 30 days prior to election Poll list is ordered by District secretary from County Clerk not less than 40 days prior to the election and certified and delivered by Clerk not less than 30 days prior to election Handling ballots n n Ballots must be sealed in a container when delivered to the polling place Voters place their voted ballot into the sealed ballot box

Absentee voting: n Absentee voting is conducted according to Section 7, Chapter 4 of Absentee voting: n Absentee voting is conducted according to Section 7, Chapter 4 of the Special District Election Rules n n Absentee voting begins on the 25 th day preceding the election Any eligible voter or someone on his behalf may request an absentee ballot n n n In person In writing By telephone Absentee ballot envelopes are available from the County Clerk or the Secretary of State Absentee ballots are delivered to the election judges at the polling place prior to the close of the polls Absentee ballots are processed according to rule

Counting procedures: n n n Election judges (or Counting Board) begin counting ballots after Counting procedures: n n n Election judges (or Counting Board) begin counting ballots after polls close Total number of ballots should match total number of voters marked off the poll list Discrepancies are reported to the Canvassing Board Counts from absentee ballots are added to poll count Write-in votes are counted (don’t have to be counted unless they could change the outcome of the election

Certifying count: n The following information is certified in the poll book: n n Certifying count: n The following information is certified in the poll book: n n Number of voters voting in person Number of voters voting absentee Candidates’ names and vote totals All election judges or Counting Board members sign the poll book

Canvassing Board procedures: n n Canvassing Board shall meet within 7 days of the Canvassing Board procedures: n n Canvassing Board shall meet within 7 days of the election The Board shall: n n n Review all challenged voter affidavits Resolve any discrepancies Review rejected absentee ballots Cause minutes of the meeting and an abstract of the votes to be compiled Sign the abstract and file it with the County Clerk Notify the successful candidates of their election n Certificate of Election will be issued by the County Clerk

Mail ballot elections: n n W. S. 22 -29 -114 - 116 Chapter 5 Mail ballot elections: n n W. S. 22 -29 -114 - 116 Chapter 5 of Special District Elections District may choose to pay return postage of ballots No sooner than 25 days and no later than 15 before an election, a mail ballot package shall be mailed to all qualified electors in the District

After certification: n n n Within 10 days of notification of election, all directors After certification: n n n Within 10 days of notification of election, all directors shall take the oath of office as per W. S. 22 -29 -118. The director shall complete the written oath of office and file with the District secretary The secretary or treasurer of the District may administer the oath

Sample time line: Jan 8 Proclamation March 29 Apr 8 Apr 13 Feb 27 Sample time line: Jan 8 Proclamation March 29 Apr 8 Apr 13 Feb 27 Filing Order Apr 28 Absentee May 8 May 15 May 18 Election Oath Canvass Poll List Have Ballots Sample Ballot