League of Women Voters of Wyoming

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The League of
Women Voters
of Wyoming

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Please go to our new website, wyominglwv.org.


In 1869, Wyoming became the first territory of the United States to grant general female suffrage, and entered the union in 1890 as the first state where all women had the vote.


Past election guides, county, district, and local, may be found under the "Local Wyoming Leagues" links below.

More election information can be found at these websites:
 Vote411, a service of the national League, with information on voting regulations by state, http://www.VOTE411.org

A Look at Wyoming Government

The Seventh Edition of our book, "A Look at Wyoming Government," describes all levels and branches of the state government, procedures, and history, including tribal governments on the Wind River Reservation.

LOOK provides information about the structure and funding of state and local government, the story behind our statehood, and the politics and personalities that have shaped the history and character of Wyoming's government.

The CD version includes, in addition to the book's text, the 1890 Wyoming Constitution and the Act of Admission that made Wyoming the 44th state.

The cover illustration, shown, is the mural "Homesteaders" by Allen Tupper True, at the State Capitol.


A Look at Wyoming Government
Order Form

LWV Publications
PO Box 3887
Gillette 82717

For help, call Sue Knesel at (307) 687-0188

Please send ______ copies @ $15.00 each, plus tax.

Please add 6% Sales Tax, or furnish a copy of your sales tax exemption letter.  School districts need not do this if the books are shipped direct to the school district address.

1 book $3.00 shipping charge
5-24 books $1.95 shipping charge per book
25 books and over 10% Discount + $1.95 shipping charge per book

Please send ______ copies CD Version (includes Wyoming Constitution) @ $10.00 each.

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State Convention

The Wyoming State League of Women Voters held their Annual Convention in Casper on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st. The State League meets once a year to support local and State wide activities.

State President Amy Williamson presided over elections State Officers. Linda Jennings from Gillette was elected Vice President, Rebecca Johnson of Casper was chosen Secretary, and the two Directors at large elected were Francis Harris of Casper and Margaret Brown from Laramie. All will serve two year terms.

Importantly, the State League discussed what local chapters can do in this election year. According to Williamson, "The League attempts to be a direct link between candidates and voters." Local Chapters around the State are planning events in each community. "Emphasis is given to making registering and voting as easy as possible."

Williamson said she is proud that the League collects and distributes information regarding the election of judges, and on ballot issues, where often there is little or no other information available. Candidate forums, voter guides, and highlighting local, State, and National issues are all part of the League's activities.

At this year's convention, the Wyoming League reiterated the organization's non-partisan guidelines. The League endorsed, "lobbying in favor of developing affordable housing." The group also backed, "State funding for pre-kindergarten, targeting three and four year old children," according to Ms. Williamson.

Theresa Simpson, the Natrona County Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness, spoke on steps that almost anyone can take to plan for a natural or other type of emergency. One of the most important things one can do is to talk to neighbors and relatives, develop a plan, and select someone who will be in charge.

When an emergency happens, someone needs to be able to check on neighbors or family to ascertain their needs. A well stocked first aid kit and five days worth of food and water are essential. Simpson told the group to "remember the small things such as medicine for chronic illnesses, and what is to be done with pets."

The Wyoming League of Women Voters has six chapters: in Jackson, Yellowstone (which includes Cody and Powell), Campbell County, Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie.

Program Record

The state Program Record can be viewed at http://www.lariat.org/LWV/ProgramRecord.html.

Wyoming Government and Legislature

* The State of Wyoming provides information at http://www.state.wy.us.
* The Government page, at http://www.state.sy.us/government.asp provides many state and federal links, and some to local government bodies as well.
* The state legislature is at http://legisweb.state.wy.us, a page with many useful links, including e-mail addresses of individual legislators.

Federal Representatives

All three of Wyoming's Congressional Representatives have World-Wide Web pages, at which more information is available.

Senator Mike Enzi Email: Through web page.
379A Russell Senate Office Building http://enzi.senate.gov/
Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-3424

Senator John Barrasso Email: Through web page.
307 Dirksen Senate Office Building http://barrasso.senate.gov/
Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-6441

Representative Cynthia Lummis Email: Through web page.
1004 Longworth House Office Building http://lummis.house.gov/
Washington, D.C. 20515-5001 (202) 225-2311

Local Wyoming leagues:

Laramie (for Albany County, local district, and City of Laramie election guides)

Election and Candidate Information

  For Wyoming information provided by Congress.org (a service of Capitol Advantage, a private, non-partisan company that specializes in facilitating civic participation) go to http://www.congress.org/congressorg/e4/rlist/?state=wy

Past Elections: 

Voter Guide 2008

General Election, November 4th, 2008:

Federal Level

United States President:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/USPresidentVG08.html

United States Senate:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/USSenateVG08.html

United States House of Representatives:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/USHouseVG08.html

State Level

Wyoming Senate and House:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/WyoSenateHouseVG08.html

Constitutional Amendments:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/AmendmentsVG08.html
Pro-Con Flyer on Constitutional Amendments (PDF): http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/ProConFlyer.pdf

Judicial Issues (PDF): http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/JudicialVG08.pdf

Primary Election (August, 2008):
United States Senate: 
United States House of Representatives:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/USHouse.htm
Wyoming Senate:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/WyoSenate.htm
Wyoming House of Representatives:   http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Guide08/WyoHouse.htm

Voter Guides 2006

Voter Guide Introduction

United States Senate:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/USSenate.html
United States House of Representatives:   http://www.lariat.org/LWV/USHouse.html
Governor:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Governor.html
Secretary of State:   http://www.lariat.org/LWV/SecretaryOfState.html
Superintendent of Public Instruction:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/SuperintendentSchools.html
Treasurer:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Treasurer.html
Auditor:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Auditor.html

Ballot Issues, Constitutional Amendments:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/Amendments.html

Alternate formats, documents on ballot issues:
 http://www.lariat.org/LWV/BallotIssues06.pdf (PDF file; Acrobat Reader required to open).
 http://www.lariat.org/LWV/BallotIssues06.txt (plain text version)

Judicial Retention, Wyoming Supreme Court:  http://www.lariat.org/LWV/SupremeCourt06.htm.

Voter Guide 2004

Constitutional Amendments 2004 Pro/Con Flyer:

U.S. House of Representatives Candidates' Questionnaire:

See the Secretary of State page at http://soswy.state.wy.us/election/04elect.htm for more information, including candidates' committee addresses, ballot issues, and the state campaign finance guide.

League of Women Voters of the United States:

The League was founded in 1920 at the convention of the National American Women Suffrage Association. The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed six months later, on August 26, 1920.

For more information on the national organization, go to the LWV/US page, http://www.lwv.org.

Officers and
Board of
Directors of
the League of
Women Voters
of Wyoming

October, 2009
President Amy Williamson
Vice-President Linda Jennings
Secretary Susan Theune
Treasurer P. Jaye Rippley
Directors Marguerite Herman

R.C. Johnson

Linda Jennings

Melissa Noah

Margaret Brown

Contributions may be sent to the Treasurer at the general LWV-Wyoming address:
P.O. Box 1514; Casper, Wyoming 82602.

Payable to "LWV Education Fund" Tax-deductible for donor; may be used for educational purposes only.
Payable to "League of Women Voters of Wyoming" Not deductible; may be used for any League purpose, including lobbying.

To join the League of Women Voters of Wyoming, contact Margaret Brown: margaretbrown@bresnan.net

Last Update: 3 November, 2009; R. Hill. Contact webmaster via e-mail.

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