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League of Women Voters focuses on voter privacy and the origins of proposed legislation
May 16, 2013 - Kimberly Holloway, Casper
Recently in Casper, the League of Women Voters of Wyoming held its annual conference. I was again inspired by thoughtful, civil, humorous and darned smart people from across our state.
What's on the league's mind? Guaranteeing the privacy and sanctity of the ballots submitted by absentee voters. Currently there is one envelope that a voter must sign and return to the county clerk. You don't sign your ballot at your polling place. If you vote from home, you should be assured of your anonymity.
No aspersions were cast on those who count those ballots, but the principle of anonymous voting is paramount in our democracy.
We also expect legislators to reveal the origins of their proposed legislation. Is it organic and of their own constituents? Or are they falling prey to nationwide efforts to impose cookie-cutter laws on every state? We know elected officials can think for themselves and delve into the local challenges their communities face and come out with workable, practical solutions.
The point is, if you want a truly grassroots, non-partisan, well-reasoned and well-seasoned group to support or join, the League of Women Voters is available to you at national, state and local levels. We are open to anyone who believes in transparent government and voter education and empowerment. Since 1920, the LWV has worked to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. And the Wyoming LWV works especially hard for our fellow Wyomingites who bested the nation by giving women the right to vote in the 19th century instead of the 20th. Thank you Wyoming League of Women Voters for your tireless efforts to encourage, activate and educate a grateful electorate.