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Natrona County Elections Office Ready For You To Vote

The Natrona County elections office is ready for you to vote Tuesday, County Clerk Renea Vitto said.

The voting machines are set up in the polling places, the election judges are trained, and the new ballot-on-demand printers are ready, Vitto said.

The printers with the appropriate software cut down waiting times if polling places may run out of ballots, and it cuts down on printing too many ballots, she said. “It saves us money not having to overestimate, so we don’t run out at the polls on election night.”

So far, absentee voting has been heavier than in the 2012 primary, Vitto said. “I’m going to guess that it’s going to be close to 2,000 absentee votes, which will put us right at 20 percent of our voter registration.”

Based on what the clerk’s office election division has seen so far, she expects a lot of write-in votes and contested legislative races, she said.

“The commissioner’s race is always a hot race,” Vitto added.

But the seven countywide races are another matter, she said. There are seven countywide elected offices. There are no primary candidates from the Democratic Party for these.

And with the exception of the sheriff’s race, there are no uncontested races in the Republican primary for countywide offices: assessor, clerk, clerk of court, coroner, district attorney, and treasurer. Sheriff Gus Holbrook is being challenged by Steve Gaylord.

During Tuesday, elections officials count absentee votes, the results of which are not released until after the polls close at 7 p.m.

All results should be posted by 8:30 p.m., she said.

The elections office will know by that time whether any races will be runoffs. The office must do that within three days after the primary, she said.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we do have a few,” she said. “Primaries usually are that way in Natrona County, close races, a lot of candidates running sometime just split the votes and so they come really close.”

On the practical side, voters do not need to bring identification to vote, unless they want to change party affiliation that day, Vitto said. That will require voters to fill out the entire voter register application.

“But if you not making any changes to your voter registration and you’re already in our master list and correct polling list, then all you do is walk in and give them your name and you don’t need to have your ID,” she said.

Vitto estimates 15 percent of voters change their party affiliation to vote in the primary, she said.

Regardless of party, she urges people to vote and seek help if they have questions.

“If anyone has a problem trying to find their polling place, we have it on our website,” Vitto said.all they have to do is put in their address and it will tell them exactly their polling place is, tell them who their legislators are and t will give them a sample ballot even if they want it.”

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