Local Election Season Officially Underway Starting Today

(Gillette, Wyo.) Today's the day that candidate filing opens up in Wyoming! If you have an interest in running for office in Campbell County, registration is available for the next two weeks. The City of Gillette encourages anyone who is interested in City Council to check out their Ward Map to figure out which area you would be representing. You must be 18 years of age, and there is a $25 filing fee. Applications can be picked up in the City Clerk's office in City Hall at 201 East 5th Street. Here are five important dates to know for the 2016 election: - May 12 - May 27: Candidate Filing - July 1: Absentee voting begins for the 2016 Primary Election - *August 16: 2016 Primary Election* - September 23: Absentee voting begins for the 2016 General Election - *November 8: 2016 General Election * This year, Wyoming voters will be eligible to vote under one of four party affiliations during the primary election August 16th, but voter registration for that closes August 1st. In 2014, former Secretary of State Max Maxfield announced that Wyoming would add two major parties to its 2016 primary and general election ballots: the Libertarian and Constitution Parties. In previous years, Wyoming residents were only able to vote as registered Republicans or Democrats on the closed primary ballot. The ballot during the November 8th general election will be an open one, Kekick explained. Voter registration for the general election will close October 24th. Absentee ballots can be requested any time up until the day of the election (though you will have to return it in person if it is 40 days before an election.) You can contact Campbell County's Board of Elections at 307-686-1892 for more information. They are located on the first floor of the Campbell County Courthouse, 500 S. Gillette Ave., Suite 1602. #county17 #news