Record voter turnout after primary election results certified in Wyoming
The Wyoming State Canvassing Board certified the primary election results Wednesday morning, making the 2020 Primary Election results official. The board determined that the Wyoming 2020 Primary had the highest voter turnout for a primary during a presidential election year.
140,042 ballots were cast in the 2020 Wyoming Primary Election. The last primary election that surpassed this number was the 1994 Midterm Election. 62 percent of ballots, or 86,441 votes, were cast at the polls on election day or by in-person absentee, the rest were cast absentee by mail.
“The 2020 Election was remarkable in many ways, but this election had the highest turnout for a primary in a presidential election year ever, and that is truly notable,” Secretary of State Edward Buchanan said. “I have my staff and every county clerk across Wyoming to thank for a record-breaking turnout, and for the safety and security of our voting process. We made polling places safe and worked hard to inform voters about the security and safety of Wyoming’s voting process. Voters listened and proved that even when times are tough – perhaps especially when times are tough – Wyoming votes. We look forward to seeing these certified candidates on the General Election Ballot on November 3rd.”
State Election Director Kai Schon said, “The rollout of new election equipment across Wyoming and in every county was smooth and a great success for voters. Wyoming voters were clearly not deterred by COVID-19 and turned out to cast their ballots using Wyoming’s election system which is safe and secure from end-to-end. Absentee voting begins for the general on September 18th, and we hope to see turnout just as strong as the primary.”