We are Wyoming’s future. We have the intelligence, the capabilities, the passion and the determination to make it a bright one. It won’t be long before history is OUR story, and that’s a big, awesome responsibility. But if we’re going to leave our mark on the Cowboy State and the rest of the world, we’ve got one big change to make. In the 2014 election, a measly 10.6 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds in Wyoming voted. You read that right. Ten. Point. Six.

We can do better. There aren’t statistics on how many of us meant to hit the polls that November or had our absentee ballots filled out but never got around to buying a stamp. But in 2018, voting is our priority. Your vote is your promise that you’re committed to a better future. We need you all in.

Here’s the good news: it’s actually probably way easier to vote than you think, and this website is your cheat sheet. Everything you need to know, including how you register, important dates and how to get informed about candidates, is all right here. Let’s make sure this Term is on Our Terms.

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How to register to vote

Midterm elections - easier than actual midterms.

If you are going to be 18 by the November 6th General Election and you’re a Wyoming resident, you can vote in this great state. There are a few exceptions that you can find HERE, but chances are you’re good to go. On both Aug. 21, Primary Election Day, and Nov. 6, General Election Day, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until the last person in line at 7:00 p.m. has voted. You get 12 hours, so no excuses. No one is that busy, and yes, you do need a break from Fortnite. AND if you work all day that day, your employer has to give you an hour off to vote. To find out where you vote, all you have to do is enter your address in our Polling Place Locator.

You can register in advance by mail or at the County Clerk’s office if you like to be on your game. Or, if you live life on the edge and wait until the last minute, you can register at the polls on Election Day.

There are tons of different ways to register, but the most common are showing a driver’s license (from any state), US passport, a photo ID from the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming community college or a Wyoming public school. If your Wyoming address isn’t included on your ID, bring a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or any other current government document showing your name and Wyoming address.

If these methods aren’t working for you, check out the complete list of options HERE.

If you voted in 2016, it’s even easier. Unless you’ve moved or changed your name, you’re good to go. If that’s you, all you have to do is re-register.

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Voting absentee

Don’t delay. Vote today.

We all know that unconquerable laws of nature prevent us from doing schoolwork until the night before it’s due. But voting isn’t like that. Voting early via absentee ballot is fairly simple, and they’re available at your county clerk’s office a whole 45 days before the election! AND you don’t need to provide a reason when you request your absentee ballot. You might want to vote absentee because you go to school out of state, you have a full class schedule on Tuesdays, you really just can’t wait to vote or you want to know what it feels like to do something ahead of time.

Absentee ballots must be received in the county clerk’s office by 7:00 p.m. on election night or they won’t be counted. Seriously. Get that ballot in the mail with enough time before the election. FYI, stamps are 49 cents right now.

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Primary election is Aug. 21

Show up to speak out

Tweeting your vote doesn’t count. We know you have an opinion. And given that it’s your future we’re talking about, you have a pretty important stake in this fight. You didn’t let the generations before you choose your college, your major, your meal plan or even your haircut. So why are we letting them choose our politicians? You waited 17 years to have an official voice, so now’s the time to use it.

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Why my vote matters

Choices are louder than voices.

Everyone likes to talk about how we’re the generation that eats Tide PODS and have mastered fidget spinning and the floss dance. Really, our problems include student loan debt, lack of well-paying jobs, quality of life and healthcare. We need people in office who will work to find the best solutions to these insanely huge challenges — solutions that are in our best interests. If we show up to vote this year, they’re going to have to start listening to our ideas. Their jobs depend on it. Our votes DO matter.

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Get to know your candidates

Are you just voting for the best commercial?

This election has huge implications with big races including governor, senate and house. Know who you’re voting for and why. This isn’t a Twitter poll — the outcome matters. Let’s step up to the challenge of thinking for ourselves and acting like we care. We know we always have; now let’s prove it to everyone else.

There’s more information available on candidates than ever before, so we can be educated and vigilant. See the entire roster of state and federal candidates appearing on the 2018 ballot. For local candidates visit your county clerk’s website.

You can ask for a sample ballot for your precinct so you can study the candidates and do a little research. At the Secretary of State’s Office, the list of candidates has some contact information, like phone numbers and email addresses. Use candidate lists and do a little research about them. Lots of candidates have websites, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, blogs, or meet and greet events. If you have questions and can’t find the answers you are looking for, message them, or even *gasp* call them or email them directly. It might surprise you to hear this, but candidates WANT to hear from us. We promise.

Also, you don’t lose voter points or fail some test if you leave a part of the ballot blank and don’t cast a vote in every single race. This is YOUR ballot! If you want to vote in certain races but not in others (maybe because you just don’t know those candidates as well), then you don’t have to. You won’t get a prize for the most bubbles filled in. Blank is a choice too!

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General election is Nov. 6

Show up to speak out.

People who just complain and never take action are the worst. If you really want to be taken seriously, then actually voting is how you can show it. We reserve every right to tune out your complaining for the next two years if you don’t vote this November.

Don’t be surprised when you show up to vote and it’s at your local gym, church, firehouse, or community center. Voting can take place almost anywhere. In some counties you might have one specific polling place you can vote at, while in others, you might get to choose a vote center location that works for you. Even though you might be sent to an unfamiliar place, it’s easy to know where to go.

Does going to the polls alone seem boring? Go with a friend or a group of friends! It’s a great excuse to get out and hang out.

This is your opportunity to saddle up and be an active participant in your future. You’re going to be running the world soon, so let’s lay a good foundation today. Step up to the plate or sit down; it’s up to you.

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