Absentee Ballot count begins today due to volume

Becky Enos stamped arrival date and time on absentee ballots received at the courthouse before the primary election in August. Absentee ballots already requested for the General Election are going out in the mail today. Wyotoday.com photo by Ernie Over

Absentee ballots received at the courthouse are so numerous for Tuesday’s primary election that Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese received permission from the Wyoming Secretary of State to begin counting them this afternoon at the courthouse.

Speaking with Wyotoday.com on Thursday, Freese said 3,700 absentee ballots had been received by the close of business on Wednesday. With that many absentee ballots, an all time record, Freese said it would take some 12 hours to count, so she asked permission of the state to begin the counting this afternoon and then finish up on election day.

Freese said the political parties will provide observers during the counting to make the event totally transparent. She said six teams of counters will be on hand Tuesday to count the remaining paper ballots, which are each run through a ballot counting device.

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The Polls for Tuesday election open at 7 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. at the county’s eight new vote centers.

The vote centers, all of which will require social distancing and masks are recommended, are located at:

Lander Valley High School Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse

Fremont Center at the County Fairgrounds in Riverton

Shoshoni Senior Citizens Center

Dubois School Administration Building

Kinnear Fire Hall

Wyoming Indian High School Gymnasium – MASKS ARE REQUIRED

Fort Washakie School Gymnasium (behind the Administration building) – MASKS ARE REQUIRED

Arapahoe Charter School – MASKS ARE REQUIRED

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