Election filing begins

By: 
Alexis Barker, NLJ News Editor

With special district elections behind us, the 2022 election cycle continues on May 12 with the beginning of the filing period for state, county and city offices. 

The 2022 primary election is on Aug. 16, with the general election on Nov. 8. 

The open positions for the city of Newcastle include four four-year seats on the council, all nonpartisan. All the forms and descriptions associated with the seats can be found by visiting the Newcastle city office. 

Countywide seats that are up for election in the 2022 cycle include three seats on the Board of Weston County Commissioners, county clerk, assessor, attorney, clerk of district court, coroner, sheriff and treasurer. Information and filing documents can be found in the Weston County Clerk’s office at the Weston County Courthouse. 

In addition to the various local seats up for election, all four of Weston County’s state legislators are up for election. Those wishing to run for these seats must live in the boundaries of Senate District 1 or 3 or House District 1 or 2, as recently drawn during the Wyoming State Legislature’s redistricting process. 

Wyoming voters will also be voting for governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and the superintendent of public instruction in the upcoming election. 

All seats other than the city council will be partisan.

Anyone who wishes to file for any of the state seats can access the proper documents by visiting the Wyoming Secretary of State website. 

“Wyoming law stipulates that parties conduct open primaries for congressional and state-level offices. While a voter must be affiliated with a political party in order to participate in its primary election, any voter, regardless of previous partisan affiliation, may change his or her affiliation on the day of the primary,” ballotpedia.com says about Wyoming’s primary elections. “Winners in Wyoming primary elections are determined via plurality vote, meaning that the candidate with the highest number of votes wins even if he or she did not win an outright majority of votes cast.”

Those interested in running for open seats will have until May 27 to complete and submit the required documents. 

 

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