It’s On: Make Your Voice Heard Today in General Election

By on November 8, 2016

Jackson Hole, WY – In temps hovering around freezing, throngs of valley voters flooded six vote centers this morning to cast their ballots in today’s general election.

Less than half of the county’s registered voters will have the option of pulling levers today until 7 p.m. when polls close. An estimated 55 percent of registered voters have already cast absentee ballots. Hundreds more will likely register and vote today as well.

At the Rec Center, a volunteer said some 400 voters had already turned out before 9 a.m. Another rush is expected at noon and again after 5 p.m. Even with crowds, most can expect the process to take no more than 15 or 20 minutes, a volunteer assured.

Meanwhile, Teton County Library is reporting almost 750 voters have cast their ballots as of 10:30 a.m. “In the 7 o clock hour the lines were maxed out at about 12 deep,” said Mary Antrobus, deputy county clerk. Lines have since dispersed, however.

“I just voted and everything went very smoothly,” said Leah Shlachter, the library’s adult program coordinator. Shlachter also observed a diverse turnout at the library this morning. “It has been nice to see a steady stream of mixed generation voters.”

Voters flood one of seven voting centers early Tuesday morning at the Rec Center. (Jake Nichols)

Voters arrive to the Rec Center, one of six vote centers, early Tuesday morning. (Photo: Jake Nichols)

County Clerk Sherry Daigle said 7,323 of the 13,240 voters registered in the county had already cast their ballots either in absentee or early voting. About 1,000 registered just last month when absentee voting began.

Presidential election years historically draw a strong turnout in the valley. More than 96 percent of the county’s 11,952 registered voters cast ballots in 2012. In 2008, turnout was better than 97 percent. By comparison, 66.5 percent turned out in 2010, and 63.2 percent made the polls in 2014.

Election results are uploaded to the county soon after polls close at 7 p.m. Complete unofficial results are usually in by 8:30 p.m. or so. The Planet will have real time updates and live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. from the county chambers. Stay tuned to Facebook or this website for the most up-to-date information.

Voters can cast their ballots at six voting centers, regardless of residence: Teton County Parks and Rec gym, Teton County Library, the Weed and Pest District, Old Wilson Schoolhouse, Alta Elementary and Moran School, today until 7 p.m. Even if you’re not registered to vote, just show up to the polls with a state ID and register with ease.

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