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Wyoming Voter Turnout Much Lower Than Average


Tuesday’s voter turnout in Wyoming was significantly lower than average. Preliminary data from the Secretary of State’s office shows that just 65% of registered voters and 38% of all voting age adults came to the polls.

Peggy Nighswonger, with the Secretary of State’s office, said voters appear to be fed up with the constant conflict between the two dominant parties.

"Some people are a little bit disillusioned with the parties. We do have quite a few more registered voters on our rolls that are unaffiliated than we used to," she said.

Nighswonger also said many of the races were decided in the primary, and so voters may have been less motivated to participate.

"Our state is so strong Republican that I think that has a lot to do with it too, when you don’t have really a 2 party system," she said.

In the last midterm election, 91% of registered voters, and 46% of all eligible voters turned up.

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