Voting is a fundamental right of our democracy. The decisions made in city halls, state legislatures, the United States Congress and every other level of government affect the lives of everyone in Wyoming.
But voting loses its impact when people don’t participate.
While Wyoming doesn’t have the extreme voting laws that have disenfranchised voters around the country, it’s important to be prepared and make your plan for voting – either by absentee ballot or in person on Election Day.
That’s why the ACLU of Wyoming is hosting a Know Your Voting Rights Workshop. This virtual event will help attendees better understand voting absentee and the rights guaranteed to Wyoming voters.
“Voting is paramount to a healthy democracy, but it’s only effective if we take the time to make our voices heard at the ballot box or absentee,” said Antonio Serrano, ACLU of Wyoming advocacy manager. “Amid the COVID-19 crisis, voting absentee may be the safest option for many this election cycle. We want to ensure everyone is prepared, knows their rights, and knows what to do to make sure their voices are heard on or before Election Day.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of helping voters understand and exercise their voting rights. The ACLU has been at the forefront of the fight against voter suppression as well as the movement to allow new voter access and will continue to do so after today’s primary election and beyond.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Know Your Voting Rights Virtual Workshop
WHEN: 5 p.m. Oct. 16
WHERE: Your couch. Or kitchen counter. Or wherever you have Internet access. The training will be conducted via the Zoom webinar system. Link will be provided after registration
TO REGISTER: Go to aclu-wy.org/kyr-events
The voting rights workshop is part of the ACLU of Wyoming’s series of Know Your Rights trainings over the next few months. Future sessions will cover Free Speech Rights and Dress Codes on Campus on Nov. 13, Interacting with Police and Other Law Enforcement on Dec. 4, Interactuar con la Policía en Español on Dec. 18, and LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Adults on Jan. 8.
About the ACLU of Wyoming
The American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Wyoming is part of a three-state chapter that also includes North Dakota and South Dakota. The team in Wyoming is supported by staff in those states.
The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people. In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit communities. The ACLU of Wyoming carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for the people of Wyoming.